Wages with garnish

The other day I was in the car when a radio ad came on saying how government can “garnish your wages.” I immediately did a double-take and wondered how one’s salary might be adorned with a side helping of parsley, broccoli or hot spice. But lo and behold when I checked the dictionary for ‘garnish’… Read More

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I’m no fan of astrology. My birthday is April 20 which makes me a Taurus and means I share it with such people as actress Jessica Lange, Carmen Electra who isn’t really an actress, and oh yes, Adolf Hitler. Indeed, when I was a kid and April 20 came along, I always wondered about these… Read More

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The U.S. election is drawing more attention and scrutiny than any U.S. election in history. It’s like a badly written pulp novel that appeals to those who need instant gratification and entertainment but don’t want to think, and then goes on to sell 50 million copies. I find myself tuning in and just as quickly… Read More

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Historical Writers of America

Next month I will take part, and present, at the inaugural conference of the Historical Writers of America. This is a new organization that represents writers who like to dabble in history, and that includes authors of both fiction and non-fiction books, as well as screen writers, journalists, bloggers, what have you. The conference is… Read More

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I never knew either of my grandfathers. All I have are names, documents and a few photos. Because of that I envy people who know theirs. And maybe because of that I tend to write about grandfathers in my fiction. My paternal grandfather was Joseph Amernick. That’s right. With a ‘k’ at the end. He came to Canada… Read More

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Dealing with Rejection

The first writing job I ever applied for was for a small suburban paper. The owner, editor and publisher were all the same person. I showed him some samples and he told me I couldn’t write and would never make a living as a writer. But he needed someone to sell ads and offered me that job. I… Read More

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