Forbidden Words

I fear the following words could not be printed in a modern history book about an American town without some debate: “The pioneers of ’59 placed our house  on a foundation already prepared of Dutch thrift, industry and religious faith. Their children and children’s children, in like manner, added to the story, strong and beautiful,…

The Sorrow of Grey Areas

In the absence of God we all want perfect heroes, don’t we? We build them up and hate them as we drag them down to earth. I can’t write about characters who don’t get dragged into pits and stomped on. It doesn’t seem real to me. I can’t relate and feel the whole hero thing…

Books I’ve Known And Loved

Even as college students and dirty, rotten stay-outs, we poked fun at every artsy person’s need for the right hip place to be on the weekend (or any other night). We drove my father’s two-toned Oldsmobile ironically and on five dollars worth of mostly gas fumes to Hoboken. For a brief, sparkling time we were…

Books I’ve Known And Loved

What is it about disasters? We want to look away, but find ourselves absorbed in the horrifying details of a hurricane or a tornado. Our hearts go out but so does or keen and morbid interest. In general I don’t go in for disaster stories because I already live with enough irrational fear, but I…

Benny Havens Tavern~The Fun Spot for Future Officers

When I was young my friends and I stole away from a high school class trip to get drinks, but this place looks like more fun! The future officers even wrote a song about it. “No amount of rough terrain, bad weather, or strict rules, kept cadets from their favorite watering hole. Cadets, such as…

Books I’ve Known And Loved

I could go on about this book FOREVER!!! If you love intrigue and corruption, avarice and stupidity all assembled in a breathtakingly well-researched and witty BIG read, then here’s the book for you. If you like flawed though strangely lovable characters, then again, here they are presented to you on a silver platter. There’s the…

Here’s Why the Met is a Treasure

“Seeking to assuage the sorrow brought on by the war and to heal the nation’s fractured spirit in its wake, painters turned away from martial and political content. Responding to the assertion of women’s responsibilities after the loss of so many men in combat, artists depicted them in new roles and grappled with issues surrounding…

British Lady Takes on Montana and Wins

After taking in rich boarders (who often didn’t pay) and selling truckloads of vegetables Evelyn Jephson Cameron of England found a living taking pictures in Montana. After marrying her husband Ewen who her parents disapproved of they took their honeymoon in the West, 1889 and fell in love with the rough, majestic beauty of Montana…

Books I’ve Known And Loved

A moving, sad and brilliant account of US Grant, this biography gave me such sympathy for Grant the man. So flawed, so misunderstood and so melancholy–I dream of writing fiction as satisfying. Don’t assume that because you’re not into politics or the military that this book would bore you. If you like exploring the complexity…