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“ROBERT GALBRAITH”, WE HARDLY KNEW YE

By now, I’m sure everyone has heard about JK Rowling’s failed stunt. If you haven’t, here it is in a nutshell. As the famed writer of the gazillion-selling Harry Potter series, she knew she could publish her grocery list and it would sail to the top of the charts. However, JK, in an attempt to […]

INDEPENDENCE DAY, 2013

I keep this copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Consititution on my desk. Every July 4th, I take time to read the Declaration, and every year, I’m nearly brought to tears by its profound nature and by the utter heroism of those who conceived and signed it. No matter one’s political persuasion, every […]

“MAD MEN” SEASON 6: THE BEGINNING OF THE END

Is Don Draper adrift or what? From the very first episode of Mad Men‘s Season 6, he’s been veering off the rails, often at great peril to himself and those around him. Starting with his inexplicable attraction to his neighbor’s wife, he ignores Megan, who in Season 5 reeled him back in to reality, showing him […]

MEMORIAL DAY, 2013

TO ALL U.S. SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. WERE IT NOT FOR YOUR EFFORTS AND THE EFFORTS OF THE FALLEN HEROES WHO CAME BEFORE YOU, WE WOULD NOT BE THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. THIS CITIZEN THANKS YOU. LET US TAKE A MOMENT TO REMEMBER […]

REVIEW: “FIRES THAT DESTROY”

FIRES THAT DESTROY (1951) by Harry Whittington Some guys have all the luck.  Blondes have more fun.  You’ve heard the cliches.  But at the faceless corporation where Bernice Harper works, pretty girls get all the promotions. And it pisses her off. That’s the central theme in Fires That Destroy, a tight little noir novel from […]

HAPPY EASTER!

Happy Easter, everyone. I know I haven’t posted too much lately, but there’ve been some pressing issues that have taken my attention. I’ll try to improve on that very soon. Meanwhile, everyone have a good Easter.

THANKSGIVING.

Here’s hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I know I have plenty to be thankful for, and believe me, I am. And now, on to Christmas.

VOTE

Today is the day we’ve all been looking forward to, in one way or another. Everyone get out and vote.

ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER BOUCHERCON

Hard to believe, but this is my fourth Bouchercon. It doesn’t seem so long ago that I wandered into my first one in Indianapolis without a clue as to what might happen. In any case, the 2012 version wrapped up in Cleveland on Sunday in fine fashion. (By the way, if you’re reading this blog […]

REVIEW: “TITANIC 3D”

When James Cameron unleashed his original vision of this massive  film in 1997, following a two-year production period, the world welcomed it with great enthusiasm. I’m sure you remember.  Despite several attempts during the 20th century at filming this improbable story of an “unsinkable” ship going down on her very first voyage, none came close […]