Jane Goes To War

Today, around the world, there is a large number of people, primarily women who identify themselves as “Janeites.”  They are the disciples of an English author who died more than 200 years ago.  Her name was Jane Austen. Austen was the daughter of an English Victor and she lived...

Welcome To Kellynch

Somewhere, somehow, at a particular moment, as I go through my day, I notice a sight, I hear a sound or an odor catches my attention.  Without warning, the idea of a story is born.  At first, it may take the mental shape of a daydream, fantasy or just...

Dad Died Today

  Dad died today. I had sat with him most of the morning, but he didn’t talk much. Had other things on his mind, I guess. A few days ago, we had talked about the books I have written and he asked me about a character named Samuel Moses...

Prettiest Lady at the Dance

She was born on the fourth of July 1776 but not christened until the twenty-first of June 1788.  She was the world’s first Constitutional Republic and while she was the prettiest girl at the dance, her survival was anything but certain. She nearly died an infant’s death during the...

Francis, Charles and Jane

In 1786, a twelve year old boy named Francis entered the Royal Navy Academy in Portsmouth, England.  He was called “Fly” by his family and his intellect and hard work soon impressed the staff of the Academy.  As many as 97% of the boys who entered the school were...

My Dad, Happy Father’s Day

My father taught me to take responsibility, take the initiative, and be accountable.  He also taught me to pay attention, form my own opinions and be willing to defend them against all comers.  Maybe that is why my father and I disagreed on all most everything by the time...

Meet My Mom

My mother died when she was thirty six years old.  I was nineteen.  No, this is not a feel sorry for me because I was so young kind of story, my sister and brother were younger.  I will admit I spent way too much time being angry at God...

Kellynch and Jane

Is there anyone in the Western English speaking world who has not heard of Jane Austen? I hope not, since Miss Austen is one of the most beloved writers of the English language. She is primarily remembered for writing six books: Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813),...

Write Drunk, Edit Sober – Ernest Hemingway

Write drunk, edit sober, a quote ascribed to Ernest Hemingway. Of course Hemingway said it.  Anyone who knows anything about Hemingway knows he was a drunk, a drinker, a consumer of great quantities of intoxicants.  He had to have said that.  But, what if he said it and he...

“Keep Reaching For The Stars” – Casey Kasum

Do you remember when Casey Kasum told us “to keep reaching for the stars?”  If you do, you’re showing your age, just as I am.  None the less, remembering his signing off mantra from his weekly radio show is a perfect way for me to introduce my topic, “reaching...