When I was starting out in the newspaper business in the late 1970s, I was under the assumption that the longer the story, the better the story.
In the decades since, I have learned that isn’t always the case.…
As the new century dawned in 1901, fashion was quickly changing. Soon hemlines would rise while necklines would fall, and dress styles began to hug a woman’s body. Wedding fashions, however, did not move so drastically and were sometimes behind the times when compared to streetwear. Wedding traditions, on the other hand, were surprisingly recognizable. Let’s examine Edwardian wedding fashion and traditions.…Continue
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The following is the first two pages of Downriver: A Tale of Moving Pictures Before Hollywood by Evan Anderson. The excerpt was provided by the author.
Four women in black picked their way along the wooden footpath, skirts hoisted ankle high above the estuary mud. By the time Anne caught sight of them it was too late to step back and hide among the cattails. When they came around a bend in the path she faced…Continue
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Dennis Lee Havlin, who goes by the penname D. L. Havlin, has held a number of professions including licensed boat captain, football coach, customer service director and systems analyst. These experiences, along with others in his life, have provided him with material for his novels.
When not writing, Havlin enjoys reading, doing historical presentations and fishing.…
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Nonfiction can be used to inform as Jacob Riis did in How the Other Half Lives or Nelly Bly in Ten Days in a Mad-House, but literature has the unique ability of telling readers about the human condition without preaching. Often readers don’t even realize they are learning something about society or reading commentary. Here are five 19th-century authors whose work informs us what life in era was really like.…Continue
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The following is a portion of chapter two from What Heals the Heart by Karen A. Wyle. It is the first meeting between Joshua and Clara. The excerpt was provided by the author.
“Boot blacking, coffee, cornmeal, flour, soap. Put it on your tab?”
“Thank you kindly.” The suggestion would, in fact, save him some…Continue
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James Barry lives the life of a pirate. Well, sort of. His day job is a sailor and ship rigger on square-rigged sailing ships. This bygone era profession has allowed Barry to see the world. He’s worked in such diverse places as Scotland, France, Malaysia, Mexico, New York, and Hollywood, and he created rigging for the film Master and Commander and some of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.…Continue
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