Review: Fool Proof Dictation

On the heels of Chris Downing’s fantastic book the Fool Proof Outline comes his latest kick-butt book, Fool Proof Dictation. I’ve read other books about dictating with Dragon Naturally Speaking but Chris’s system takes it all to another level. It’s like reading something I would have written had I taken the time to do the […]

Paris – Not What I Remembered.

When I was last in Paris, I was 10. I remember a beautiful city with broad avenues and sidewalks – all of which were fastidiously clean. There were people and traffic, but it was modest and moved in a relaxed steady way. I remember my father telling me the people here take pride in their […]

Ulysses S. Grant – A Badass to the Very End

General Ulysses S. Grant managed to put Robert E. Lee in such a tight spot it forced him to surrender, thus ending the Civil War. During the signing of the surrender treaty, Grant showed up at Wilmer McLean’s house in Appomattox Court House straight from the field. He was looking a little rough around the edges, […]

This Is The Modern Publishing Business

Reblogged from David Gaughran Scammers used to operate at the edges of the publishing business, but have wormed their way into its heart. And the entire industry is in denial. An unintentionally revealing aspect of the tiresome Amazon-Hachette dispute was a series of statements from an organization purporting to advocate for authors’ rights. One of […]

July 4th, 1976

July 4th, 1976 – July 4th, 2016 It’s hard to believe it has been 40 years. In 1976 the United States celebrated its Bicentennial Celebration. It’s 200th anniversary of being an independent country. The Vietnam War ended just a year before. Despite the civil unrest that war caused, it seemed patriotism was at a high in 1976. There were so […]

My Guardian Angel Drives A Green 1968 Dodge Charger

I woke this morning to a memory of an incident that took place when I was a kid in the 1970’s. I was a 14-years-old and living in Lindenhurst, New York, a blue collar town on the south shore of Long Island. Having just completed my newspaper deliveries, I was straddling my bike in my […]