Thursday, November 08, 2018

The way it should be

As with so many small town newspapers, I wanted to do something in this week's issue to for Veterans Day (which is Sunday). A friend who's in his 70s loaned me a copy of a commemorative book published over 60 years ago by the local American Legion post which included the photos and service records of most of the local men and women who served in World War II.

A complete of all who served is impossible, but this book has over 1000 entries and is the single best local source for that kind of record. Since I had it in my hands temporarily I resolved to type a list of names and it as a roll of honor in the paper (it took up three pages).

When I first laid my hands on the book, I noticed there was a small separate section in the back. I was taken aback when I flipped to it and saw what it was. We sometimes forget how much social progress has been made in this country over the years

The "negro" veterans were segregated in the back pages of the book and not included with the whites.

It took me essentially a full eight-hour day to type the alphabetical list of names. I started at the front, and when I finished with the "white" veterans, I typed the other names - but as I typed them I put all the black veterans' names in the correct alphabetical order in the list.

I completed one list of ALL the veterans, and that's the way it went in the paper. Everyone together, from A to Z, like it should have been done 60 years ago.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Latest news updates

I'm proud to announce my short story "Cain's Knife" will be published in Liberty Island magazine. It is scheduled for November 20.

This will be my 12th story published in 2018 and my 126th since 2003.

I'm also pleased and proud to announce I have accepted an invitation to be a guest panelist for SoonerCon 2019, which will be held June 7-9, 2019, in Norman, Oklahoma. See you there!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Praise for WindyCon

I want to put a good word in here for Windycon, the convention in the Chicago area coming up Nov. 9-11. I was a panelist last year and I enjoyed it immensely, despite not feeling very good. The fans who run it are experienced and dedicated. It was my first and only time to attend.

At the start of 2017, I resolved to attend a new convention I had never participated in before. 2017 was a crappy year for me, with health, money and job problems. I was invited to be a panelist at Libertycon in Chattanooga, but had to withdraw because of money problems (I was able to attend this year). I was to be a panelist at DragonCon (I was a finalist for the Dragon Award in Alternate History), but as some of you may recall, on my way there I was trapped in a day-long traffic jam on Interstate 40 in Arkansas. By the time I was able to escape the highway I was sick and late, so I gave up and turned around.

Now Chicago is as far from home for me as Chattanooga and Atlanta - approximately 12 hours. But things lined up and held together and I was able to make it and participate. I had a great schedule, with five panels on Saturday. The panels were very well attended and I met a bunch of people I had never met in person before.

Sunday morning when I woke up I realized I might be getting sick, perhaps because of the stress of the long drive Friday, plus the cold weather exacerbating an incipient cold. I had two panels Sunday but I decided to do the safe thing and leave early. I did, and I made it home by Sunday night.

In less than two months many of the problems that I faced in 2017 were resolved as my wife and I had the opportunity to purchase the paper where i worked. We took over The Clarksville Times on Jan. 1, 2018.

I did not ask to be a panelist at WindyCon again this year. In fact I've cut back going to cons because I am working right now full-time as a newspaper publisher. But Windycon was very enjoyable and the convention staff was very helpful to me, and I would highly recommend it if you can make it!

Bella Pupdate:

You may recall I had posted in the past about the trouble we were having getting Bella house-broken. Here's the latest.

A big part of the problem was probably that we adopted her in June, and she was growing up during the summer when the doors of the house have to kept closed to keep the cool in. Once fall arrived and the temperature abated, we could leave the door open more often.

I was concerned that we had somehow reversed the house training. When her siblings would go outside, Bella would be so excited that she would go out and play with them, and forget to do her business, so she would do it when she came inside.

I was curious to see, once we were able to leave the door open, whether she would actually go outside or inside. My fears were allayed, she apparently knows she is supposed to go outside.

Keeping the door cracked and rewarding her with treats seems to have worked. She has learned to get mom or dad if she needs to go outside and the door is closed.

Now, if for some reason she can't get our attention she hasn't learned to bark or scratch at the door. But the incidents of accidents has gone way done, I think she has gone inside once in a week.

So things are much improved

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday, October 07, 2018

A long time ago

Back in 1974 my hometown, Rockland, Massachusetts, celebrated the centennial of its incorporation. I was a student member of the committee that planned that celebration. That's me in the first row, second from left. I was 17 at the time.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Look what's arrived in the mail!

Here in Clarksville we are having our annual Fall Bazaar this Saturday. The Red River County Library is hosting seven Texas authors starting at 9 a.m. I'm ready

The way it should be

As with so many small town newspapers, I wanted to do something in this week's issue to for Veterans Day (which is Sunday). A friend who...