A Reflection On Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson And “Decades Of Division” Growing up in Virginia the Civil War history unit always started with Andrew Jackson. Andrew Jackson – the only president we don’t know the true state of birth for because he was born on the border of North and South Carolina. He is best known as the Original JackassContinue reading “A Reflection On Andrew Jackson”

In Memoriam: For Lillian On Her Birthday (July 9, 1925 – December 31, 2016)

This year I had planned to be in Savannah, Georgia at Bonaventure Cemetery spending today with you and Grandpa, preferably with my parents or one of my siblings. You convinced me to keep writing when I wanted to give up. You told me I could succeed. You would have been 95 today. We celebrated ourContinue reading “In Memoriam: For Lillian On Her Birthday (July 9, 1925 – December 31, 2016)”

Things That Influence My Writing: Small Town Gene Puddles And Not Liking “Gone With The Wind”

Listen – you’re going to see a lot of posts involving inspiration from Reddit’s /r/Mapporn or similar subreddits. I love maps and I’m a very visual/spatial thinker. Sometimes these will make you laugh and sometimes these will make you scratch your head because I’m posting a map about the percentage of first-cousin marriages per populationContinue reading “Things That Influence My Writing: Small Town Gene Puddles And Not Liking “Gone With The Wind””

Is the US flattening the curve? Yes. Significantly? Who knows.

How do you describe that feeling of watching numbers climb and realizing that you’re watching in real time the most global example of what you’ve studied and taught your entire adult life? Dread? Excitement? Existence? When teaching about pandemics we teach students to look retrospectively at the numbers of those that have recovered versus thoseContinue reading “Is the US flattening the curve? Yes. Significantly? Who knows.”