Monthly Blog Archives: October 2015

Whatever Happened to Civility

Since the concept of CIVILITY has somehow been lost, here is the definition: formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech. The synonyms that go along with CIVILITY are also a forgotten commodity:  courtesy · courteousness · politeness · good manners · graciousness · consideration · respect I can already hear the words of response to this soapbox article. “Shut up old man. Nobody cares about what you have to say anymore.” Recently, someone attempted to persuade me that words don’t mean the same now as they did in “my day.” Hmmm. “My day.” So, am I to understand that these days in which […]

The Winter of My Life

Sometimes we like to divide life into seasons. You know, Spring is birth through childhood, Summer is the young adult phase, Fall is the middle adult era, and then finally the winter years, when, well, you know. By the government standard, the winter years begin at 65. So, I suppose it’s winter for me. I am officially OLD. My high school reunion comes up this year. SHS class of ’66. Fifty years since graduation from the hallowed halls of Strasburg High School (Strasburg, VA). Do I really want to hang around with all those old people? Thankfully, I am blessed to […]

Define Your Audience

It has been said that when you write a book/article/short story (in other words, anything) that you should keep your audience in mind. You are asking the question, “Who the heck is going to read this anyway?” As it relates to the two novels I’ve already written, the one I’m working on, and this blog…the answer is…”beats me.” Just kidding. Let’s break it down with some more questions.  Why would someone want to read your book? What is it about your book that would make someone want to spend their hard earned money to buy it? Why would someone decide to purchase your book instead […]

Childhood Memories

Frequently, when making an online purchase or filling out a web form, I am required to give my birthdate. Then there is that menacing dropdown box listing all the years. Really? Keep scrolling down…and scrolling…and scrolling. There it is, 1947, near the bottom of the chart. Wow. The 40’s. I’ve never considered myself a child of the 1940’s. Not even a child of the 50’s. Throw out the history book. Don’t need one. I was there. My new novel, After the Storm, is set in the first half of the 1950’s, which has required considerable era related research. The exercise has helped bring to mind some […]

What You Never Knew About Your Family

My granddaughter often jokes about my advanced age. “Did they have electricity when you were a little boy?” “Were you frightened by the dinosaurs?” Once in a while I try to tell her about what it was like when I was her age, which by the way, is not so antiquated as she might think. We even had TV, albeit 3 channels with rabbit ears. I was her age once and surrounded by adults who attempted to fill me in on their past, but just like her, I wasn’t the least bit interested in those ramblings about Aunt So and So […]

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