Whoa, Canada!

[Author’s update: I wrote this blog post BEFORE my third novel, No Hero’s Welcome, hit #1 on Amazon’s Canada Best Seller List in both Literary Fiction and Historical Fiction on Friday. Which only made me love Canada all the more.] I love Canada. I...

The Kurds and Me

I’m utterly heartbroken. It’s going to be hard to be funny this week. What the United States has done in abandoning the Kurds in northern Syria is beyond forgiveness. I don’t care about your politics or your opinion of the Current Occupant of the White House. This was...

Your Write Turn: Writerly Hygiene

Let’s face it. After a certain age, we aren’t good sprint runners anymore. It’s OK. You can admit it. Hips and knees have limited tread life. Same thing for all those parts used for writing. I’ve blogged about various parts of the writing...

Small Town Politics

I come from a long line of local politicians. Great Uncle Moe was the Treasurer of LaValliere County for a couple of decades, from which he managed to keep a wife and two mistresses in comfort. His big brother, Great Uncle Louie, was mayor of the county seat of Ojibwa...

Lawyers and Other Invertebrates

I know every lawyer joke ever devised. Really, I do. What do you call 10,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A darn good start… This may be because I’ve graduated from two law schools and taught at another three, meaning I have paid or been paid by fully 2.5% of...

Groovin’ on Bob Marley’s House

This week, I’m going to add to your bucket list. I’ll give you a minute to fetch pencil and paper. <Pause> Now write this down — 56 Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica. That, my friends, is the address of Robert Nesta Marley. I’ve been there three times. Because once...

My 9/11

Last Wednesday was the anniversary of 9/11. I hadn’t really thought much about my own experience on 9/11 over the preceding 17 anniversaries, but my wife Kay-Kay asked me to give her a blurb on my memories of that day to post to my author webpage. The overwhelming...

On the Joys and Sorrows of Being a Cubs Fan

No Hero’s Welcome, the final volume in my Sweet Wine of Youth trilogy, came out yesterday. Pretty exciting stuff. Unfortunately, I’m busy with some not-so-exciting stuff, so I’m republishing a blog post that proved quite popular, just in time for the...
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