Rerun: Can You Ever Trust a Spy?

Today’s post is not what I thought it was going to be. I didn’t change topics, but my thoughts about the topic have changed. I thought I was going to write about an historical mystery being solved. But history is not static. Actual historical facts may not change, but...
Rock Springs, Wyoming

Rock Springs, Wyoming

Rock Springs is a small town in southern Wyoming with a population of about 23,000. It was created by the coal industry in the 19th century as coal was needed to fuel the trains. Those coal mines largely employed immigrants. Rock Springs has self-designated as the...
Rerun: 888,246 Stories (With New Foreword)

Rerun: 888,246 Stories (With New Foreword)

I originally posted this story on Veterans Day four years ago. At the time, it was the 100-year anniversary of the year that World War I began, in 1914. This year is the 100-year anniversary of  the year that World War I ended, so I want to take this full circle....
It’s Voting Day!

It’s Voting Day!

I love voting day! Ah, the combination of anticipation and concern. I have been lucky enough to vote in Washington and California. Both have motor voter registration, where you can register to vote when you get your driver’s license. Both have mail-in ballots...
One and Done

One and Done

Wisconsin became the 30th state in 1848, twelve years after the U.S. Congress created the Wisconsin Territory in 1836. On July 23, 1850, an Irish immigrant farmer named John McCaffary, who had arrived from Ireland in 1837, killed his wife, Bridgitt (nee McKean). They...
Royal Navy and Novels: Frederick Marryat

Royal Navy and Novels: Frederick Marryat

I remember studying some famous historical figures and thinking that they must have had brilliant public relations teams. It wasn’t that they hadn’t done some good things, but that others had done things that were just as good. I don’t have an answer, but...