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Celtic Kingdom of Dal Riata

Celtic Kingdom of Dal Riata

My next book, Three Legs of the Cauldron, will be out by Christmas.? It is a 6th century Celtic saga of Northeastern Ireland and Western Scotland, the kingdom of Dal Riata.? Here is a little history lesson about that little-known … Continue reading → ...
Buying Collectible Cars

Buying Collectible Cars

I recently gave a talk on buying a classic or collectible car at a men’s group.? Here is is what I said: When it comes to buying hot rods and classics, you hear a lot of rules. Some are good, … Continue reading → ...
Old San Francisco

Old San Francisco

Old San Francisco is rapidly dying.? Sure there are cable cars and Queen Anne houses, but the shops around Union Square have none of that feel you get when you watch a noir-ish film like The Maltese Falcon.? Sadly, there … Continue reading → ...
Magna Carta

Magna Carta

The Magna Carta was signed by the wicked King John on June 15th, 1215, and it is having its 800th birthday this year.? Why is that important?? Because the Magna Carta is kind of the same as our Declaration of … Continue reading → ...
Memorial Day- Remembering Andrew Bryant, an Unsung Hero

Memorial Day- Remembering Andrew Bryant, an Unsung Hero

While Memorial Day, which was started after the Civil War to honor the fallen soldiers and is not meant for remembering those who survive, I think we should also remember those who survived, but died inside protecting this nation.? Too … Continue reading → ...
The Real Mother’s Day

The Real Mother’s Day

Through time, there have been certain days when many cultures have honored mothers, but they aren’t tied directly to the American Mother’s Day. To claim that a day organized by different individuals on a different day of the month for … Continue reading → ...
Happy Birthday, Bach

Happy Birthday, Bach

While you may have heard that the famous Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21, 1685, he wasn’t.? Well, that’s what the date was when he was born according to Old Style dating, but the calendar changed … Continue reading → ...
Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

2015 will have three of the ultimate of unlucky days, Friday the 13th.? February, March and November will all host one.? While not common to have so many, it will happen eleven times this century.? For friggatriskaidekaphobics, they will be … Continue reading → ...
“New” Sherlock Holmes Movie

“New” Sherlock Holmes Movie

Recently, a copy of William Gillette’s long-lost 1916 silent film, Sherlock Holmes, has been found in Paris.? It is currently being restored by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the Cin?math?que Fran?aise, so we can hope to see it … Continue reading → ...
Battle of New Orleans

Battle of New Orleans

In 1959, Johnny Horton sang a song entitled “The Battle of New Orleans.”? (click here to listen) In it, he told of going with Colonel Jackson down the “Mighty Mississip” in 1814.? While this might have been true as far … Continue reading → ...
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