Category Archives: Writing

Nazis, fascists, and racists! Oh my!

Jim Jones used Nazis, fascists, racists, and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) to frighten his mostly black Peoples Temple followers, who were eventually forced to listen to his loudspeaker fear-based propaganda 24 hours a day (not that unlike our 24 … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Brand Luther’

Brand Luther: How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe–and Started the Protestant Reformation (2015) 400 pages $20.00 The original subtitle of this book was much shorter: Brand … Continue reading

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How To Rewrite Misleading News Headlines

I have a habit of rewriting misleading news headlines. Most people read headlines, not articles, so news writers and editors know it’s important to communicate their message via headlines. In many cases, news headlines are deliberately misleading. In some cases, … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 86,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at … Continue reading

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Euphemisms & Euthanasia

Euphemisms & Euthanasia “The thief [Satan] comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” ~ Jesus (John 10:10) I like words. Maybe that’s why I’m a writer? Or maybe I … Continue reading

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2013 in review (annual report for this blog)

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Deal with the Devil: The FBI’s Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer

Interweaving exclusive interviews, more than 1,150 pages of once secret files, sixteen pages of black-and-white photos, and the same astounding capacity for understanding criminal networks that marked his investigations of al Qaeda in 1000 Years for Revenge, Cover Up and Triple Cross,, Deal with the Devil, the term DeVecchio’s trial judge used to describe the Bureau’s relationship with this Mafia sociopath, is a page-turning ground-breaking work of investigative journalism that reads like a Martin Scorsese film… Continue reading

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