Quo Vadis, America?

“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” Alexis de Tocqueville

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Where Was I, This Day…December 22, 1958

How 1958 can teach us an important lesson about 2020.

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The Updates Are Up!

The new releases of three of Del’s books are now available! Just in time for Christmas!

A sad boy leans on the rail of a bridge.

Bridges and Troubled Waters

There’s nothing quite like witnessing it in person to drive home the immeasurable other tragic costs of the COVID epidemic.

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Where Was I, This Day… December 7, 1958

December 7, 1958, holds much different memories for me than December 7, 1941. But both were cold and brought on rapid change.


Is It Live, or Is It Fiction?

Sometimes there’s an uncanny intersection between fiction and reality.

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“Make me care!”

How three words from a master storyteller brought a new focus to my writing.


To Publish or Not to Publish

Back in the 50’s, Chevrolet launched a TV ad campaign based on the slogan, “See the USA in your Chevrolet” (it was, as usual then, sung to a catchy tune that became branded on our brains). Well, I haven’t had a Chevy in many a moon. But these past eighteen months, or so, I have …

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Brighten the Corner

A quick perusal of the dates of my previous posts will show that quite some time has passed since my last one, and some explanation is in order. I’m too new to the Blogosphere to know its protocols, as to what is appropriate and what is not. This post is going to be quite personal. …

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Why Am I a Writer? (Part Deux)

So, why am I a writer? In introducing this question in my previous post, I made two points: (1) by “Writer,” we usually mean someone who writes books for the purpose of getting published, and (2) although that is certainly true for me the over-riding reason why I write is that I simply enjoy writing—very …

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