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Young Adult novel set 20,000 years ago…

We have had the best time writing our first Young Adult novel, set 20,000 years ago, at the height of the Pleistocene Ice Age.  What fun to writer about American lions, sabertooth cats, dire wolves, giant bison, mammoths and giant beavers.  Had Mike on tenterhooks (your word for the day) when young Lynx fell into the crevasse.  It’s great inspiration to be able to watch bison out the window while writing about their ancestors who roamed the continent twenty centuries ago.2014-06-22 15.46.29

Lost train of Nazi Gold found?

If this turns out to be the famed lost train, it will be very interesting.


Artifacts from Auschwitz… Would you want them on your mantle?

Why do you think someone would want to steal and keep an artifact from Auschwitz?   


The Lusitania is not your personal play thing, Bemis…it’s world heritage.


When the passenger ship, the Lusitania, was sunk by a German submarine in 1915, it became one of the pivotal moments of World War I.  Should any individual have “salvage rights”–which means the right to strip the Lusitania bare and sell the artifacts (think about the Titanic)–to a critical part of world heritage?  The Irish government is doing the right thing, trying to protect it from possible exploitation by a profiteer.  Good work, Ireland.




1863, Idaho, in the span of four hours…

On a freezing January day in 1863, Colonel Patrick Connor led his troops against a Shoshoni village on the Bear River in Idaho, to punish them for recent depredations against White settlers.  It only took four hours to kill every man, woman, and child.  Though the next day, a baby was found alive high up in the branches of a tree, where someone had tried to hide it from the soldiers.  Wish we knew what happened to that baby…

Maybe archaeology will help us understand that horrible day a little better.


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Read more about it:  MASSACRE AT BEAR RIVER, by Rod Miller.

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