The Riders (1)

   The clouds in the summer sky burned in the red-orange rage of a dispossessed sun crashing below the horizon. The dark hills--recumbent silhouette--shielded the landscape from the final fury of the sinking disk. Seven rid...

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Jul 31, 2023
Dragons and Badgers

    Ideas vie with one another like battling dragons in the ether. Or, another bad metaphor: Life is like the box for Schrodinger's cat, except it's full of angry badgers--which may be redundant because all badger...

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Jul 24, 2023
Jay S. Willis

 Interview with Jay S. Willis Author ofThe Sphere Saga and The Arcana Chronicles <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US...

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Jul 16, 2023
Writers Cantina

 I rolled into the UCCC--which does not stand for Uniform Commercial Code Conference--for the Writers Cantina around 8:30. There were two other cars in the lot, and white van and something blue that was not a van. A man occupied the driver's...

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Jul 10, 2023
The Atlas of Independence

    John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence Below is my version of a portion of John Adam's speech in support of declaring independence -- from Truth in Flames, p. 292.<!--[if gte mso 9]> <![...

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Jul 03, 2023
Abigail Linhardt

 Interview with Abigail LinhardtAuthor ofSeason of the Runner and Goddess Among Us <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US...

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Jun 26, 2023
No Lie

  "I liked that. I'm not gonna lie. That was pretty fun."That was the verdict of one of Les Freres Corses after we played the Rescue from the Hangman's Noose scenario from my skirmish game. Of course he had a great time. W...

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Jun 19, 2023
Fun Times at Fort Stanwyx - Oriskany

 Fun Fact: Fun Times at Fort Stanwyx--OriskanyThe British plan for the invasion of 1777 included not only Burgoyne's thrust from the north down to the Hudson River and to Albany--which ended badly at Saratoga--and an advance by Howe from New York to...

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Jun 05, 2023
Hamlet - A Study in Poison

 First, if you want some Memorial Day thoughts, you might enjoy this post about my visit to the American Memorial in Normandy.  I recently did a re-watch of the 4 hour opus that is Branagh's interpretation of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Kenneth Branagh sta...

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May 29, 2023
Isn't that a great idea?!

  Saturday lifted its savage muzzle to chase peaceful night from the sky. I confronted the day without fear. Fate drove me. On this day I hearkened to the call--the plea for aid against the hundreds of thousands of green beasts engaged in sieges of t...

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May 22, 2023