An excerpt from THE WOMEN OF THE COPPER COUNTRY

Prologue Turn tears to fire! – Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare The dream is always simple. The memory never is. It’s an echo from 1903 when she was almost sixteen. A rare family outing down to the county fair in Houghton, Michigan. Her father probably...

Books make good gifts!

If you’d like autographed or personalized copies of my books to give this holiday season, you can order them from Mac’s Backs/Books on Coventry, a local independent bookstore that makes the process easy. You order what you’d like, the staff brings the books to...

The Days of Awe

Every year, at my brother’s request, I repost this essay. Please give it a few minutes of thought. And then say “I love you” to someone who needs to hear it.

Still looking for a thread of grace

Seventy-five years ago, on September 8, 1943, hundreds of Jewish families fled a Nazi round-up in France by climbing the Maritime Alps, hoping to find shelter in the hills of northwestern Italy. Now there is a yearly march to commemorate that exodus — Marche de...

Coping.

There are a lot of variations on “those who do not study the past are doomed to repeat it.” My response has always been, “Those of us who do study the past are doomed, too. We just feel worse about it.” We are living in a country that past...

Not on my watch.

If you’ve read more than one of my books, you probably won’t be surprised by my politics. If you follow me on Facebook, you certainly know where I stand in great and vivid detail. Ordinarily I confine this blog to book-related posts. Today, I can’t...