Category Archives: Scratch Pad

Presentations on May 17 and May 18, 2017

I had two interesting and enjoyable presentations this week. On Wednesday, I spoke to a writing group, Writer’s Block, about the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet. I read some sections from my political thriller novel, The Analyst, and explained how I … Continue reading

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The Civil War Round Table of St. Louis

I am looking forward to speaking to The Civil War Round Table of St. Louis on May 24, 2017. Please check the round table site for details. I hope to have time to visit several Civil War sites in the … Continue reading

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Presentation at the Civil War Roundtable of Little Rock, Arkansas

A big thank you to the Civil War Roundtable of Little Rock, Arkansas. Sharlyn and I really appreciated your hospitality and help.  It was great meeting all of you. A special thanks to Lonnie Spikes for all of his help … Continue reading

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Aging Photographs of Ebenezer Allen

I had some more fun with the pictures of me as Ebenezer Allen. With the help of my Photoshop-savvy granddaughter Nikky, we made the images of Ebenezer Allen look antique. The instructions for doing this came from a Youtube clip. … Continue reading

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Ebenezer Allen Visits Collin College

On March 29, 2017, I presented my class on “Ebenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy” to students in the SAIL program at Collin College. I departed from the usual format in my classes and taught the class as a … Continue reading

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Civil War Photography

I just completed a class on Civil War Photography for the SAIL program at Collin College. The first class presented the following topics: In 1837 the first successful photographs was created by the daguerreotype process The technology of wet plate … Continue reading

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19th Century Photographs

I have been searching for an elusive picture of Ebenezer Allen for my biography on Republic of Texas and State of Texas attorney general. Alas, so far my search has come up empty. During my efforts, I discovered numerous sources … Continue reading

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