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So, What About the Man “Behind the Staircase”?

Michael Peterson (October 23, 1943) We are so quick to judge others, especially if they are ‘different’ from us. Michael Peterson was convicted of murdering his wife in 2003, although he maintains his innocence, to this very day. This chart … Continue reading

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Is “Call the Midwife” an Aide-mémoire or Something More?

Jennifer Worth (September 25, 1935 – May 31, 2011) This PBS-BBC series is fascinating. As a glimpse of British life in the 1950’s and 1960’s, it is without peer. But is it just a memory piece, or is it a … Continue reading

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From Ugly Duckling to Literary Swan

Hans Christian Andersen (April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) Today is his 217th birthday. And I never thought to do his birth and death charts before. Silly me. This time is based on his birth certificate, so it is … Continue reading

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It Looks Like I’ve Been Writing My Next E-book

Yesterday in History I’ve even chosen the cover (see above). But instead of actually publishing another non-seller, I’m going to link the first nine chapters here, for reference sake. Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter … Continue reading

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Canadian Journalist Decodes Mysterious Links

Malcolm Gladwell (September 3, 1963) Well, he’s actually British born, but raised and educated in Canada. Malcolm Gladwell is a mixed blessing to us all. He seems to be able to go behind the scenes and discover what makes us … Continue reading

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[Text Message]: “I Think I’m in Over My Head”

Safe (2018) As any parent knows, we would do anything to keep our children Safe. But sometimes we can go too far. *Spoiler Alert* for the video below… I think I’m getting the hang of Harlan Corben’s writing, after this … Continue reading

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The Writer who Got Away with Mordor

J.R.R. Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the first “Lord of the Rings” film was released to cinemas the world over. This concept came from the mind of … Continue reading

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The Day “Death in Venice” was Conceived

Tadzio Glimpsed on the Venice Beach (May 26, 1911) I could have entitled this: “A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Mann” but that would have been too clever by half. Since I’ve written about Wladyslaw Moes, already, I … Continue reading

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The Real Tadzio from “Death in Venice”

Wladyslaw Moes (November 17, 1900 – December 17, 1986) I’m not sure why I’ve gone here, but, as a writer, I’m aware of how real, live individuals can help create a character in a book or play. Thomas Mann (June … Continue reading

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And So Say All of Us: For He’s a…

Julian Fellowes (August 17, 1949) Oh, the hidden depths of this man. Julian Fellowes first came to my attention as an actor during the BBC TV series “Monarch of the Glen” (2000-2005). I didn’t know he was a writer, too, … Continue reading

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