Category Archives: Scratch Pad

Writers and the First Amendment

There is a reason America’s Founding Fathers placed the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment ahead of other amendments in the Bill of Rights. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; … Continue reading

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What About Post-1865 Heroes?

There seems to be an idea supported by President Trump that we should not change the names of U.S. military bases.  I question the belief that the names of these bases are etched in stone never to change and that … Continue reading

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Wrong Again – Please Read History

In the last few days, I have read two erroneous statements made about the Emancipation Proclamation and Union soldiers fighting to end slavery. In an article about Juneteenth, a reporter wrote that on June 19, 1865, that Union General Granger … Continue reading

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The Time for Action is Now

As the nation deals with two epidemics, Covid 19 and racism, it is time for American writers to address the longest-lasting disease — racism.       Black authors have written on the subject for decades. They have described the … Continue reading

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Preorder for Ebenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy

Waldorf Publishing has just announced that Ebenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy is available for preorder.  The cost of the biography is $19.95, and the release date is August 2020. Please see a summary to learn more about this overlooked … Continue reading

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McFarland Military History Book Offer

This is a great time to purchase that military history book on your wish list. As Memorial Day approaches, McFarland Publishers is offering readers a chance to pick up a good military history book for personal reading, or perhaps as … Continue reading

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Writing During the Current Crisis

Stay-at-home restrictions, whether they be from governments or personal decisions, provide opportunities to write.  The time saved from commuting and leisure-time activities can be used to create new stories using various formats and media. While this suggestion may seem inappropriate, … Continue reading

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Review of Ebenezer Allen-Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy

Author Allen Mesch captures a quarter-century of Texas history through the life of Ebenezer Allen in his latest book — Ebenezer Allen-Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy.  As the Attorney General and Secretary of State for the Republic of Texas, Allen was … Continue reading

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We Need Another James Ulio

We could use another James A. Ulio in the midst of the COVID 19 crisis. We desperately need someone to fix the current logistical mess in supplying medical supplies to hospitals and health care workers — someone like Major General … Continue reading

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Learning How to Write

For readers who are considering writing a novel, biography, memoir, how-to guide, history, etc., I think the best way to get started is by taking a writing class. That’s how I began my journey. I prefer onsite classes rather than … Continue reading

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