The Revolution that Almost Was

Witness to the Revolution – Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul, by Clara Bingham We Americans tend to ignore the social and political discomforts our nation has experienced from time to time, particularly in our examinations of national history, and that’s why Clara Bingham’s book seems so important. […]

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A German Interlude

  The House By The Lake, by Ella Carey Genre blending is the new passion in writer land. We’re mixing non-fiction with fiction, memoir with fiction, fictionalized essays, and perhaps more I can’t think of at the moment. The skill in writing such blends into a cohesive whole is no small feat, and Ms. Carey has […]

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Making Room For The New

  It’s an urge I get once in a while – to replace some of my rattier things, something I don’t do often until I’m threadbare. New bed coverings, new area carpets, getting rid of old things from my marriage, too. And here’s another thing: I’m getting rid of my inventory of books written by […]

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The Era That Transformed The World

Some two years ago, I friend challenged me on Goodreads to write a novel about the ‘sixties. Is there something to write about from that era? You bet there is. My challenge, then was to decide how to encapsulate that era of rebellion, rock’n’roll, war and massive social change into a half dozen characters’ lives. […]

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Dreams of a Better World

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs – Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, by Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf   I’ve been fascinated for years by Jefferson, and have read most of what’s out there on this sometimes eccentric man. But this book takes a new tack. Rather than focus on his politics, […]

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Dylan and the Nobel

So Bob Dylan has won the Nobel for literature in 2016. I’m not sure what I think about that. Not that I disparage Dylan’s work over the past half-century; he’s certainly set trends and erased boundaries within the music world during that time. During the ‘sixties, he wrote and performed songs in the topical, bluesy folk […]

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A Word About Today

This is as deep as I’ll ever get into politics here. And my post today isn’t an effort to endorse anyone for any public office, either overtly or implicitly. What it is, though, is a historical perspective on modern times, our opportunities, our challenges. For appropriate background, let me cite portions of a rather long […]

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