Travels Through Historical Fiction: a Vast and Open Land

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It was never on my bucket list. Not even on a far flung, sorta, maybe, if I hit the lottery and have nothing better to do wish list. It was, however, on my… Continue reading

Pistols for the Uninformed

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One of the challenges a writer of historical fiction faces is, of course, describing appropriate items in usage during the time in which the story is set, particularly the kind with which he… Continue reading

The Ohio Firelands

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When I moved back to Ohio after an absence of several decades, I ended up in a part of the state previously unexplored by me, despite having spent the first twenty-two years of… Continue reading

Travels Through Historical Fiction, Readers’ Edition: Land of the Midnight Sun

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Several years ago, I gave myself a gift. It was something I had always wanted. We live in the Houston area. Traffic is nothing short of horrendous and the freeways are constantly under… Continue reading

Brûlé and the Great Lakes

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In 1610, a full ten years before the pilgrims put their tentative boots on Plymouth Rock, Samuel de Champlain sent a young man, who had arrived with in Quebec just two years before,… Continue reading

The Mysterious Zunis

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When I began doing research to find out the name of the Zuni governor whose photo I’ve been carting around the country with me for decades, I not only discovered his name (Bick… Continue reading

Travels Through Historical Fiction: My Heart’s in the Highlands

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Several years ago, our family had the wonderful adventure of driving through Scotland. We went in search of golf for husband and sons, castles and cathedrals for me, and in hope of a… Continue reading

History: It’s Complicated

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History surprises us sometimes. It is hard to grow up in the U.S. without learning about Pennsylvania. After all, it was one of the thirteen original colonies. Most people know William Penn founded… Continue reading

Edward S. Curtis, Shadow Catcher

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  Many years ago, when I was living in the Southwest, I took a trip back to Cape Cod, to visit an old friend. While there, we went into an antique store. On… Continue reading

Travels Through Historical Fiction: Fountains Abbey

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The English countryside holds so many wonderful historical sites it would take months, maybe years, to visit them all.  Although I long for another trip to take in the ones I’ve missed, my… Continue reading