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12 English Words That You Should Avoid

  2.   Author Musings & News
  3. Saturday, 11 July 2020
And now for something completely different. When I was teaching journalism at the University of Illinois, I used to get on students for using, or I should say, misusing words—especially slang or words that have no business being in anybody’s vocabulary—especially university students. I created a lis...

Take a Knee . . . A Note from Ted Nugent

  2.   Author Musings & News
  3. Friday, 10 July 2020
I received this short commentary written by singer, songwriter, and political activist, Ted Nugent, and wanted to share it with my followers. I found it both powerful and poignant. TAKE A KNEE   By Ted Nugent  Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imag...

Is John Wayne a Racist Symbol?

  2.   Author Musings & News
  3. Tuesday, 07 July 2020
I wrote John Wayne’s obituary for the Chicago Tribune in 1979. At the time, I was the newspaper’s West Coast Bureau Chief, and the “Duke” had just passed away at age 72 from stomach cancer. It was a tough obit to write. I had grown up on John Wayne movies—especially classics like 1956’s “The Searche...

The Remarkable Life of a Reluctant Hero

  2.   Author Musings & News
  3. Monday, 06 July 2020
All authors are emotionally engaged with their protagonists. I am no exception. I want readers to love my characters as much as I do. That means creating a flawed, three-dimensional protagonist who still has “things to work out.” The Finding Billy Battles series follows Billy from his roots in Kansa...

Stop Trying to Make Sense of it & Just Kneel, Guilty White Person

  2.   Author Musings & News
  3. Sunday, 05 July 2020
For the next several days I am reposting commentaries from Americans of all races and occupations who are as concerned as I am about this ongoing attempt to rewrite history and obliterate our country from within. I hope you will find them as illuminating and significant as I have. Stop Making Sense ...

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