Time Travel

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I learned at a young age that time is relative, particularly historical time. Something ancient history to me might be a fond memory to my parents or grand parents. (Or not so fond,… Continue reading

Mr. Jefferson’s Roses

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For anyone who loves flowers, roses, orchards and a great vegetable garden, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA is a destination to put on your To-Do list. The house itself is brimming with… Continue reading

Henry Fielding: Man of Letters and Law

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Henry Fielding had reasons to make the statement quoted in the feature image to the left, perhaps the greatest being that he was a man whom nature had chosen to send into the… Continue reading

Venice, The Foundry, The Ghetto

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Islands pepper the well known Venetian lagoon, but canals and rivulets divide within the city proper into islands as well. Venice set aside one of those islands, site of a copper foundry, as… Continue reading

The Tobacco Brides

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  A couple years ago, I wrote an article for USA Today on how 45 authors got together and wrote 50 novellas about mail order brides. The trope of mail order brides has… Continue reading

London’s First Professional Police Force

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While scanning Amazon Prime offerings one evening, I had a rare experience. I came across a BBC series I had not previously viewed. I Googled the title and read that it was well… Continue reading

With Byron in Venice

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While wandering the streets of Venice a few years ago, I asked myself (as I often do when I’m traveling) if I could put a story there. Since I write largely Regency and… Continue reading

Elizabeth Van Lew–Self-Taught Spy

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The Civil War was a trying time in America’s history, and brought out the best and worst in people. The nation divided itself into North and South, with the livelihood of the South… Continue reading

Of High Winds and Rising Waters

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How should we measure the costs of natural disasters? In terms of loss of life? Loss of property? Some combination thereof? What classifies an event as the worst in history? We here in… Continue reading

Zion’s Corner

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In the corrupt, drug ridden, and contentious port of Canton, English and American traders systematically flooded China with illegal opium, spreading addiction to thousands. Many a man succumbed to the lure of riches;… Continue reading