Veteran in a New Field: Interview With Author W.H. Payne

Today starts an occasional series featuring writers who use history as their muse (aside from me). 🙂 When I discovered that W.H. Payne shared a love for Winslow Homer’s Civil War era paintings,  I knew I had to feature his books here. W.H. is a Vietnam veteran and life long history enthusiast. He also plays…

American Bison

Originally posted on Jet Eliot:
Bison Bull, Yellowstone NP, WY, USA The largest surviving terrestrial animal in North America, American bison still roam the prairies of this continent. ? It is estimated there were once 20-30 million wild bison in North America. Habitat loss and unregulated hunting brought the numbers down to 1,091 individuals by…

My Town’s Remembrance Sunday 2018

Originally posted on Blogging Thoughts Photos & Life:
A very personal post written for me which may be of interest 🙂 . Walking across our Town’s ‘Common’ this morning, making my way toward the war memorial built in remembrance to local fallen soldiers who died in the Great War, each year I think to myself,…

Let Them Read Books Guest Post

Hi everyone~ Today my family is getting prepared for a big day tomorrow. After three years we are adopting that foster girl I mentioned once or twice 😉 But I wanted to share an interview the generous book lover Jenny Q over at LET THEM READ BOOKS did with me. I really enjoyed her questions…

The Return of the Heroes (In Honor of Veterans)

When late I sang sad was my voice, Sad were the shows around me with deafening noises of hatred and smoke of war; In the midst of the conflict, the heroes, I stood, Or pass’d with slow step through the wounded and dying.     But now I sing not war, Nor the measur’d march…

What Do You Do When You Finish a Series?

We’ve all been there as readers, writers and viewers. We spend an inordinate amount of time obsessing over worlds created by other humans and then suddenly the series is over. It’s over and you’ve lost your best friends. A wave of sadness envelops you as you walk the dog. You realize it’s because you’ve finished…

The Masterless People: Pirates, Maroons, and the Struggle to Live Free

Originally posted on Longreads:
Joseph Kelly | an excerpt adapted from Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origins | Bloomsbury | October 2018 | 16 minutes (4,192 words) The English word maroon did not yet exist in 1607. The Spanish word from which it derives, cimarrón, was first coined to describe domesticated…

Sunday at Middlemay Farm

 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.  They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.  Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the…