Voices from the First World War: Bunk Hill

On the 11th of November, 100 years will have passed since the guns fell silent in France, marking the end of the First World War. The Great War. The War to End All Wars. Since I’ve been writing historical fiction set in that era, I wanted to commemorate this tragic...

No, I Can’t Hear You Now

Most of the time, the much-ballyhooed Disruption that tech entrepreneurs and characters on “Silicon Valley” are always wheezing on about produces great results. Think the World Wide InterWeb of Things and Stuff that has allowed our refrigerators to talk to our coffee...

In Praise of Paper Things

[It being a three-day weekend and the official End of Summer, I’m reposting a blog I wrote awhile back. Hope you enjoy it and let me know in comments about your thoughts on Paper Things. Back next Sunday.] I love my Kindle. And I love my iPad even more. In...

Witness for the Prosecution

There’s been a lot of courtroom stuff in the news this week. Yikes. Seems a good time to share some musings from My Days as a Federal Prosecutor. You know, kind of a tryout for a talking head on C-SPAN? I came to the law a little late, having flown Big Ugly Airplanes...

All Things Scottish

I finished my Beach Book last week while we were vacationing on Ocracoke Island. This year it was Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular historical fantasy-fiction book, Outlander. I’ve seen the first season and a half of the cable production—and it really is stunningly...

Now We’re Cookin’

  [I’m away with Kay-Kay this week, down to North Carolina and the Outer Banks. I’m reposting this blog because I’ll be taking my beloved wife of years out for our anniversary to Chef and the Farmer, Vivian Howard’s restaurant in Kinston, NC....

Predestination and Fisher-Price

My grandson Goober is three-and-change years old and is, shall we say, rather doted upon. He’s the first grandchild on both sides of the family, with four grandparents, one aunt, three uncles, and a bazillion more shirttail variety relatives who also contribute to the...

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Seems about time to do a writerly blog post. I’ve done eating bugs and eating pizza the last couple of weeks, so I’m thinking a blog on my favorite candy products would seem a little… orally fixated. With a couple of books on the street for awhile, I’ve done a fair...

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