History…its value

History…its value

I was listening to Levi Lusko as he talked about “You Have a New Memory.” He talked about just how tricky memory is. How bad can be good? And good can be bad.  How dangerous forgetting our past is. I am disturbed about all these historical statues being taken down as...

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Life for the Rich in Rome

Life for the Rich in Rome

Life in Rome was never easy for anyone. Yes, we all know the plebs and barbarians had it rough. But well, so did the elite. In some ways, their lives were even more difficult. You see, at least the plebs and barbarians lived their lives as they decided…usually. They...

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Vesuvius and Herculaneum

Vesuvius and Herculaneum

To many these are just pictures of an ancient city in the area called Campania that is old. A moment caught in modern time because we can take pictures. In fact, these are MY pictures that I took when I was there. In fact the big pic on top is the settings of my novel...

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Oh! Those Kids!!!

Oh! Those Kids!!!

Kids! Just what are you going to do with them? Me? I write about them. They are fun, but sometimes I do not like what they are doing. Take Birth of a Bully. That was a hard write in many ways. Bullies are not born really. They are made. By a parent usually who is a...

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Red Fury Rebellion…the year of Four Emperors

Red Fury Rebellion…the year of Four Emperors

Galba    Otho    Vitellius   Vespasian I am not going to lie to you. I am having too much fun with these guys. And Nero. But as I research each of these men, I have found corruption more rampant than anything in any of our recent elections. Rome was a mess and it had...

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Happy Birthday to Rome

Happy Birthday to Rome

Even after 2774 years!! So why celebrate Rome? Why not. After all, that time period really did give the world so much. And you ask….and what is that? Let’s take a basic look at just what Rome has given us. It started much like the American pioneer, the first peoples...

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I’VE BEEN HERE.  “CAHOKIA MOUNDS”

I’VE BEEN HERE. “CAHOKIA MOUNDS”

And it’s not in Missouri but in Illinois just across the river from St. Louis. There REALLY used to be a racetrack there and a civilization that existed up to the arrival of Columbus. Okay okay…it’s not Roman but it's just as grand. And there is a museum now that...

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Trucking 101

Trucking 101

Where would we be without truckers? We do not even want to consider that idea. Just take a scan around your house, the room you are in, and what you are wearing. Yep, that came on an 18-wheeler to the store you bought it or to you directly. They keep us functioning,...

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Christmas and Saturnalia

Christmas and Saturnalia

Well, the shepherds were not likely out in the fields watching sheep on December 25. That may be true. But when the Christians were presenting the religion to the Romans, they adopted Saturnalia as the day to honor the birth of Christ.  Why Saturnalia? It was the...

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Celtic influences on Christmas traditions and roots

Celtic influences on Christmas traditions and roots

Borrowing from Irish Central, I have learned about how the Celtic people have influenced our Christmas ho Christmas has become so universal that we almost certainly forget its roots. Yet many of the holiday’s ritual are centered deep in old Irish and Celtic...

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The art of Historical Fiction

The art of Historical Fiction

Like painting, writing is an art. Learned art. Learned by play, by rewrite, by frustration. However, it is what keeps us drawing and writing. An artist learns to mix colors, first possibly by wanting a blue, and then realizes it’s not right. So, they add white; it’s...

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Working With Slaves

Working With Slaves

I do not condone slavery in any of its insults to humanity. But slavery is a fact of history and I, a writer of Ancient Rome, must deal with it. In fact, use it. It is a fact of life to, at least, make it as acceptable as possible. My characters do not insult them...

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Keeping Us Surviving

Keeping Us Surviving

THANK YOU America is going through a tough time right now. And if we never noticed before, it is the truckers on 18Wheelers, train engineers, doctors, nurses and all other hospital and nursing home staffs, store clerks who are keeping us surviving. We also must thank...

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Open, Honest, and Messy

Open, Honest, and Messy

Yes. Love can be that way I was recently surprised that my idea of complicated situations in love is not original as I discovered binge-watching Amazon’s newest series Modern Love. I felt each touched on real life and love in today’s world.  It was  cute, funny,...

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And Where Are You From

And Where Are You From

Truckers talk funny. The long hours of bringing you nearly everything in your house, somehow makes truckers very creative.  Our cities’ names are not their cities’ names. They do love to nickname. For example, I used to live in ‘Bright Lights’ and now I live in ‘Mile...

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The Horrors of Editing

The Horrors of Editing

My excuse….I had just started publishing books and, being an ‘Indie’ who is not really ‘attention to detail’ as I should be. (I’m more right-brained/creative than left-brain/ATD.) This fact allowed me to remain oblivious of many things as the need of reviewing what...

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Dangers of Editing

Dangers of Editing

OH MY. I’m seeing that learning can be quite an embarrassing experience.  What I thought was a polished manuscript of my second ever published book,  I have discovered recently that it was not polished.  What I thought was so professionally edited…twice, it was not....

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Bears

Bears

THE OTHER BEARS OUT THERE Thank God for the police officers who try their best to keep order on our highways and byways. We call them officers, cops, police officers. But in the world of Trucking, they have different titles.   I had to smile when I started learning...

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Nero’s Stadia

Nero’s Stadia

Where were the Christians executed? After Rome’s Great Fire of AD 64 In the Coliseum or  Vespasian’s Amphitheater Or In the Circus Maximus Answer-  Neither….  It was in Nero’s Circus The Vespasian hadn’t built his great amphitheater because he wasn’t emperor until AD...

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Trucker Talk 101

Trucker Talk 101

Well, most of us out on the highway know truckers, who drive 18-wheelers or semitrailer trucks, talk.  We also know they have their own lingo, which I’m new at as many of you out there driving in the hammer lane. Well I drive mostly in the granny lane except when I...

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Humboldt Bay and the Madaket Maritime Museum

Humboldt Bay and the Madaket Maritime Museum

Yeah, lots of things happen on piers. People come and go. People meet other people. They learn something they didn’t know. And as for Allyson, she spews out her frustration, unbeknownst that Steve is watching her back that late at night.  Thus, the setting of my new...

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The Roman Domina

The Roman Domina

This lady fascinates me. In our modern world, we encourage our young girls to challenge their world. Stand up. Be counted. Not be run over my others, especially by men.  And we tend to look back at women in history as weak and submissive. I don’t see Roman women in...

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