A Wedding In France

On 10 August 2017, in Bergerac, France my daughter, Michelle Elisabeth Townsend, married. Michelle gave me 45 seconds to summarize before the assembled my impressions, recollections, hopes and fears. I wanted five days. Patrice made me sit down, write what I wanted to...

1st Installment: The Wisconsin Stories

  With this short story P.A. Naparstek and I have begun an experiment of writing and publishing a series of interconnected short stories that will at the end create a novel.  Two storytellers; one man, one woman, viewing, reacting, considering the same events...

Misdirection

You don’t have to fool all of the people all of the time; you just have to fool the right people some of the time. (folk wisdom) On June 18 (1941) Timoshenko and Zhukov tried once again to persuade Stalin and the Politburo to put the Army on full alert. The more...

In her homeland, in my homeland

On 1 October I served as a Wisconsin Book Festival usher for Kao Kalia Yang, http://www.kaokaliayang.com/ a 28-year-old passion-filled Hmong woman born in one of the post-Vietnam refugee camps in Thailand. This is an exceptional young woman. As part of a larger...

History 419, 42 years later

September 7, 2010 A clap of thunder ricochets down Park Street in the space between the Mosse Humanities Building and Chadbourne Hall. Winds off Lake Mendota drive sheets of cold rain upon students in flip-flops and T-shirts, who screech and laugh, excited this first...