Garst Museum – Darke County, Ohio

Also in our visit to Darke County, Ohio, we visited the Garst Museum. The museum had an entire section devoted to its hometown hero Annie Oakley. There were all types of artifacts from her life, even down to her chinaware and nightgown. There were guns that she had used and many publicity posters from the […]

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Connemara, home of Carl Sandburg

On August 2, 2009 on our way home from Myrtle Beach we stopped in Flat Rock, North Carolina to visit Carl Sandburg’s home known as Connemara. Most of the information below is taken from the brochure provided by the National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior. The pictures are mine. The pictures of Sandburg […]

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Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama in Chillicothe, Ohio

In 1811 Tecumseh spoke these words to the Choctaw Council – “The annihilation of our race is at hand unless we unite in one common cause against the common foe. Think not that you can remain passive and indifferent to the common danger, and thus escape the common fate. Your people, too, will soon be […]

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The Shawnee Nature Center

As I mentioned in my last post, we visited the site of Prophet Town at the Shawnee Nature Center. According to the Darke County Visitors Bureau, “this 118-acre preserve is the largest Darke County park.” There are “2 miles of trails that showcase the three distinct habitats of this park: woodlands, wetlands, and prairies.” This […]

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An Afternoon at Mount Vernon

A must stop when in the Washington, D.C. area is Mount Vernon, the plantation home of George and Martha Washington. Mount Vernon was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and is today listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is still owned and maintained in trust by The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, […]

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An Historic Trip to Greenville, Ohio

One of the great things about life is the unexpected treasures. When we get up in the morning, we can have the greatest plans prepared and often we follow them exactly as we planned. But when things take a different turn, it often turns a day full of memories. One Saturday a few years ago, my […]

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Trip to Limberlost

I’d lived in Indiana for almost 20 years before I heard of Gene Stratton-Porter until I bought the Ideals book of author homes. She was one of the famous writers of her time and lived just a little over an hour away in Geneva, IN. Her home is called Limberlost. Porter gave it that name, […]

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2014 Year in Review

It has been a fun and eventful year. While every day as writer is a learning experience, this year I have learned a lot about the business side of writing. Hopefully, that knowledge will pay off in 2015.  But right now, let’s take a look at 2014. The Works: My first novel, A Dirge for the […]

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My Second Potentially Fatal Accident

For the second time in my life, I walked away from what could have been a fatal accident. Saturday night I was on the way home from my son’s basketball tournament. It had been raining hard for some time. As I passed the entrance to an interstate rest stop, I saw a car stopped along […]

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Real Places from A Dirge for the Malice

While visiting the area in October, I stopped and took some photos of some places that appear in A Dirge for the Malice. Many places have changed since 1986, but some have stayed the same.

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