Welcome to my blog. Here are some true tales about growing up Southern, some stories about how everyday things are sometimes more meaningful than they seem, and some musings about stuff connected some way or other to my books.
It Happened Like This & Other Stuff
Four-Leaf Clovers and Life-Changing Rocks
Other than I sometimes spend a few moments looking for four-leaf clovers while I’m outside with my dog Gracie, this post has nothing to do with clover. It has a lot to do, though, with [...]
Apps, Veterinarians, and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Initially, I was going to call this blog, “What the Devil Are Apps and How Do You Exterminate Them?” But right in the middle of writing it, vets put in an appearance. No, that’s not [...]
Planes, Trains, Buses, and the Calaboose
This blog is not about Steve Martin and John Candy. But it is about behavior almost as stupid as that of their characters in their famous holiday movie. It’s also about a question.
The question began [...]
Why Remember Hate
Does the tremendous amount of hatred over the course of human history and across the world today ever become personally overwhelming even when it’s not aimed at you? And then you wonder anew—because you’ve thought [...]
The Necessity of Knowing Both Past and Present
This past week, as I tried to carve out time to work on my next novel while also following the crisis in Ukraine and the Senate hearings on the new Supreme Court nominee, I was [...]
Black Soldiers in WWI: Underappreciated Then and Long After
One of the important supporting characters in a new novel I expect to publish in the fall is a Black veteran of World War I. He got me to wondering how much, or how little, [...]