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Spring Bookstand Cleaning

It’s Spring again. My roses are growing up into the oak branches and the irises have blossomed for the season.  Our lawn is (temporarily) green and … the sounds of hammers and saws and boomboxes pound in my ears, the … Continue reading

 
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Over there: Dulce et Decorum Est

Among the rows and rows of graves and amidst the linden trees of the Meuse-Argonne American Military Cemetery the cool breezes of eastern France gently suggest the lines from Horace that ‘It is sweet and right to die for one’s … Continue reading

 
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On the Nightstand: Of Winter Days and Longer Nights

  The New Year has arrived with all its baggage.  Chill winds.  Clouds low on the horizon. Garden flowers pleading to be pruned.   Junebug demanding to be let out, then back in, then back out.  But winter is not all grim … Continue reading

 
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On the Nightstand: The Autumn Equinox….

It is the autumnal equinox, midway between high summer and dark winter, the longest and shortest days or our calendar. Entonces? Well, it means that during a long summer I have moved a bunch of books on and off my … Continue reading

 
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Thank you very much indeed….

This was posted on the French Letters site after the Military Writers Conference in Dayton “Having just returned from the MWSA writers conference I have to say that my favorite session was led by Jack W. London.  It was about … Continue reading

 
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Begorrah, and is it not brothers and sisters we are?

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, the celebration of all things Irish. The Irish are generally a special people. Handsome, or attractive, witty, musical, loyal, proud, and principalled. But it has not always been so easy. Well-known is the exodus of … Continue reading

 
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Downton Abbey — Head on Chopping Block….

Tonight is the end of the second season (in the US) of that corsets and castles gripper, Downton Abbey. Season One (spoiler alert) is fun: when the heir to the entailed title and estate joins Leonardo de Caprio on the … Continue reading

 
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July 12 St. Lo, France 1944

American infantry, led by the 115th and 116th regimental combat teams of the 29th Infanty Division, pushed to within one mile of St. Lo, France, a crossroads city that would become known as The Capitol of the Ruins for the … Continue reading

 
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Service for our country: A Meigs has been in our service since West Point was founded

I just had the good fortune to have been invited by Stewart Vanderwilt to a lunch presentation by General Montgomery Meigs. He is a retired Army general, twice commander of US troops in Bosnia during that war and most recently head … Continue reading

 
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FRENCH LETTERS: THE STORY CONTINUES….

French Letters:  Engaged in War, officially launches today, September 14, 2010.   It is the parallel-quel to Virginia’s War, the 2009 finalist for BEST NOVEL OF THE SOUTH, BEST HISTORICAL FICTION, AND BEST ROMANTIC NOVELS WITH A TWIST.  Engaged in War is the … Continue reading

 
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