Monthly Archives: February 2011

A voice of reason bids adieu

Tomorrow night when Lincoln, Vermont gathers in Burnham Hall for Town Meeting, the big elephant in the room will be whether our school systems have let us down by creating a generation of adults who write only in CAPITAL LETTERS. … Continue reading

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A better angel in heaven: John Vautier

Earlier this month my good friend John Vautier died when he fell clearing snow off his roof. John had survived a National Guard stint in Bosnia and two bouts with cancer, but he was taken from us at his home … Continue reading

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The Night Strangers — the cover

Can you judge a book by a cover? Do covers even matter in our increasingly digital world? I hope covers always will count.  And I do like the ones that Random House has created for my books over the years. … Continue reading

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Truth is relative in family history

Sometimes I am just not the sharpest knife in the cutting block. The brightest bulb in the tanning bed. The thickest hair extension on Steven Tyler’s head. The – never mind, you get the drift. It was on Valentine’s Day … Continue reading

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Some small (very small) thanks

We have renamed the Secrets of Eden, Rock and Roll, Paperback Book Tour: It is now Snow-Pocalypse 2011. There has been snow, sleet, ice, hail, and all manner of rain. But even in the worst of the blizzards and ice … Continue reading

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The Secrets of Eden T-Shirts

The Secrets of Eden Rock and Roll, Get Your T-Shirts Paperback Book Tour was almost renamed this week, “Snow-Pocalypse.”  There was snow, sleet, ice, rain, blizzards, and hail. I expected to be greeted today with a tsunami when I arrived … Continue reading

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Try, and you might get what you need: Schoolteachers, linebackers, and strikes

Who is more important to you as a parent or grandparent? Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers safety renowned for a mane so spectacular his endorsements include a shampoo? Or the local second grade schoolteacher? It’s a no-brainer – unless, of course, … Continue reading

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