The Civil War was anything but civil, although it’s generally thought of as one of the most fascinating periods in American history. The war–known by several different names punctuated American history with a legacy of glory and honor—and horror. Free-For-All Slaughters
Most soldiers who lost their lives died from disease rather than a bullet. The battlefields claimed more than 200,000 soldiers, but disease claimed nearly 390,000.
Mark McCutcheon, in his book,The Writer’s Guide to Everyday […]
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Attending a lynching, or legal hanging, isn’t my idea of fun, but many people gathered to watch them during the days of the so-called Wild West –the last half of the 19th century.
I’ve often wondered what other things people did for entertainment in those days.
Entertainment Then and Now Similar
Aside from the technology available to us today – TV, Internet, wireless gadgets – people in the late 19th century entertained themselves in many […]
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A short story collection by Jory Sherman features the grandeur, passion and gritty realism of the American West.
“The pale yellow sun wobbled behind the dust, as if temporarily blinded after the heat waves vanished like ghostly waterfalls in the sudden hush. . . ” When I read this passage from the short story, Destiny’s Gun, I was hooked. I knew something special awaited me in “Shadows of Yesteryear,” a collection of western short stories […]
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All of us could use a good dose of inspiration every now and again. Inspiration fuels our mental energy and helps keep our mind focused.
A friend of mine compares inspiration to a cup of morning coffee.
“You need a quick jolt of it to kick-start your creative juices,” he said
Find Inspiration Everywhere
We all get inspiration from different sources.
For some, it’s daily readings or reflections. Others get inspired by a brisk walk […]
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