Monthly Archives: June 2018

June 20 ~ West Virginia Day ~ “Country Roads Take Me Home…”

June 20 celebrates the birth of my home state. As you are reading this, I am tooling my way along a West Virginia highway, off to visit the homes of some of our country’s Presidents. This past weekend there was a reenactment on … Continue reading

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Gibbeting, A Grotesque Slow Death

A gibbet is an instrument used as part of a public execution. Gibbeting refers to the gallows-type structure used in the execution. A dead or dying body would be hung on public display to deter other potential criminals from committing … Continue reading

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Father’s Day

This is my father. He died too young, barely in his mid 40s. I wish I had known him better. 

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Father’s Day – Part 2

This is my maternal grandfather. My parents separated when I was quite young. It was a time when divorce was frowned upon, so my parents never “officially” parted ways. Yet, for all intents and purposes, my father was never around. … Continue reading

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Cozy Up to an Austen-Inspired Mystery – The Phantom of Pemberley

The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery was my sixth Jane Austen book. As with many of my author friends, I am more than a bit of a “Jane Austen geek.” I have loved Jane Austen’s works since I … Continue reading

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Love Between Persons of a Certain Age (or) Does the Couple Need to Be Young? a Guest Post from Don Jacobson

This post appeared on Austen Authors on 25 April, 2018. I found it quite interesting to think of “love stories” in novels also including those of a certain age, for I have written several such romances, including one coming out … Continue reading

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Very “Real” Estate: Axminster

Axminster is a market town and civil parish of about 6,000 on the eastern border of Devon. The town is built upon a hill and overlooks the River Axe. The town dates back to around 300 BC. There was once … Continue reading

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