I have just finished reading a cozy mystery I really enjoyed. It's called A Quiet Life in the Country, and it is the first in a series of seven by T E Kinsey. It has no genealogy aspect. It is a traditional style amateur sleuth in a small village story, but with a few twists. … Continue reading Book Recommendation: A Quiet Life in the Country
I am very excited to announce that my book The Moving Pictures has been chosen as the October selection for my local library's book club! I am an enormous fan of libraries. They are crucial institutions for communities everywhere, and they should be more appreciated and better funded. Book clubs are just one of the … Continue reading Library Book Club October Selection!
We frequently hear about how much more mobile people are now than in previous eras. Technological developments have made travel and communication easier, so people move around more. I’m sure in many ways that’s true, but I have found that even though moving was more difficult before, people did it pretty often anyway. When I … Continue reading How Genealogy Debunks Myths About History, #3: Moving House
The book I talked about in my last post is now available, so far only in ebook form. The paperback will be available soon. I made a new page for the series, which you can see here. I so appreciate all the interest people have shown! I really hope you like The Moving Pictures: An … Continue reading New Book Available!
As I mentioned in my last post, I have recently completed a new book, which will be the first of a series. I got the initial idea for it a few years ago. Actually, I think it was around 2015, so more than a few years, but it has taken me until now to write … Continue reading New Book Coming!
It’s been a long time since I have posted anything here. I really have no excuse. Yes, the pandemic came along, and things were weird, and my brain felt all discombobulated, but that was true for everyone. I didn’t get sick, and I’m now fully vaccinated, and nothing particularly tragic happened to me. I’ve been … Continue reading Back to Posting
I've decided to try something new this year: National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. It happens in November every year. To be designated a winner you need to write 50,000 words between November 1st and November 30th. I'll be aiming for 2,000 words per day, leaving room for the possibility of a few days off … Continue reading Trying NaNoWriMo This Year
I know this seems an awfully petty thing to write about right now, but it’s really an example of something much more important, which is a lack of the use of critical thinking skills. Besides, it drives me absolutely insane and I have to vent somewhere. I can’t stand it when people use the phrase … Continue reading Pet Peeve: “An Historic”
I've been lucky enough to travel to some fascinating and beautiful places, and today I just thought I would share some photos I've taken of a few of them. If you ever have a chance to go to any of these places, do it. Actually being there is far better than any photo.
One of the many things I have been puzzling over lately is the psychological phenomenon in which people have trouble remembering that groups are made up of individuals. Examples include stories such as this one, about a town where people are shocked to discover that their vote to summarily expel all undocumented immigrants means a great … Continue reading On Groups, Individuals, Brains, and Politics