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44th anniversary of the tragic fire at the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans, LA, which claimed 29 lines.

Seeing My Photos on Covers

It is always so rewarding to see one of my photographs used on the cover of a novel.  I got a thrill recently when a photo of one of my […]

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

Love in the Line of Fire was published more than a month ago and it is still on the Dreamspinner Press bestseller list.  I have been overwhelmed with how strong […]

“You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope as old as […]

I entered the new year sick as a dog. Or maybe I should say I said goodbye to the old year that way, and entered the new year anticipating better […]

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes […]

Love in the Line of Fire

Coming January 23, 2017, from Dreamspinner Press, my twentieth novel, Love in the Line of Fire: Agent Jonah Pratt heads the Secret Service team guarding the President’s husband. When a routine […]

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.

Corsican: Bon Natale Czech: Vesele Vanoce Dutch/Flemish: Vrolijk Kerstfeest French: Joyeux NoëlGerman: Frohe WeihnachtenItalian: Buon Natale Latin: Felicem Diem Nativitatis (Merry Day of the Nativity) Portuguese: Feliz Natal Samoan: Manuia […]

Dreamspinner Press is having a sale with 30% off everything in the store. My books published by Dreamspinner are part of this sale.

Dreamspinner Press is having a sale with 30% off everything in the store. My books published by Dreamspinner are part of this sale.

One year we had to make a trip to Honolulu just before Christmas. That trip gave us the chance to see how the people of Hawaii get into Christmas in […]

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! […]

Be merry all, be merry all, With holly dress the festive hall; Prepare the song, the feast, the ball, To welcome merry Christmas. — William Robert Spencer

“The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin. […]

Once again, my dear people, Merry Christmas is here, With holly and mistletoe And its good will and cheer! With its joys and its heartaches, With its laughter and song, […]

“The one thing women don’t want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband.” — Joan Rivers

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”   […]

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” — Dr. Seuss, How […]

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. Washington Irving

As hard as it is to believe, had he lived, Matthew Shepard would be turning 40 years old this year. Born December 1, 1976, Matthew didn’t get the chance to […]

The year 2016 marks the 395th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebration, even though that first celebration in 1621 was not known as Thanksgiving. The holiday feast dates back to November […]

Was Alexander Hamilton in love with his friend, John Laurens? From the letters they exchanged, it certainly is a possibility In April, 1779, Hamilton writes to him: Cold in my […]

Jeffrey Dunbar

Who was Jeffrey Dunbar and why should we know his name today? Jeffrey Arthur Dunbar was born on April 18, 1953 in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of Hugh Dunbar […]

This week I’ve wanted to write. In fact, after weeks and weeks of being a bit stumped about what to write, this week (and last week as well, for that […]

For as long as I can remember, I have absolutely despised changing clocks forward and backward for daylight savings time.  There has long been scientific evidence of the harm involved […]

On May 28, 1962, the US Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling that had overturned the sodomy conviction of a military officer caught in a public restroom.

On May 30, 1975, the DC Court of Appeals ruled that a gay bathhouse is a public place and any sex occurring therein is in a public place.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Southeast DC was a rough part of town to visit. But many gay men did visit there because one block in SE featured a series […]

Sir Roger Casement was born in September 1, 1864 in Dublin, Ireland.  He went to Africa in 1884 where he first worked for commercial interests before joining the British Colonial […]

Most people have probably never heard of the book titled The Story of a Life.  Partly this is because it was published in 1901.  Written by Claude Hartland who grew […]

From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! [The penultimate line in a traditional Scottish poem.]

I recently finished reading the book Drawn In by Barbara Elsborg.  This was the first book by this author that I had read and I have to say I want […]

One of the best summaries I can recall reading about Frank Kameny is Murdoch and Price’s Courting Justice.  Chapter 2, entitled “A Burning Sense of Injustice,” gives a good introduction […]

In 1596, Francis Cabral, a Catholic missionary, informs the Vatican in a letter that the casual attitude toward same-sex relations he sees everywhere in Japan is a major barrier to Japanese […]