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Can a Researcher Ever Stop Researching?

“Does the researching instinct ever end?” I’ve been asking myself that question for a couple years now. The thrill of the hunt never ends–even when it seems like I’ve mined all the data out there. But you never know . . . And that’s what keeps me going. Researching like a puzzle builder While on […]

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An Amateur, Passion and the Civil War

The word amateur comes from the Latin base, amator, to love. We’ve taken that word and turned it into a person who loves something so inordinately passionately that they don’t care if it has any monetary value. Amateurs love something for the sake of loving it–and they usually want to share that passion with everyone they […]

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Google Maps–Valuable for Research, Too!

I use Google maps all the time. Not just for driving instructions–though that’s important–but to understand how places play into history. Ir proved invaluable while I researched Mrs. Oswald Chambers. Here are ways Google maps answered questions. Putting locations into neighborhood context Several times in writing my book, I tried to figure out why someone lived […]

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How Composer David Voss Composes

Our young friend Composer David Voss, composed an Easter cantata this year. We had a long conversation about how he composed it and I saw parallels with the writing life. So, that’s what this post is about–composing and the writing life. It also will introduce you to a fine composer and his music. Who is […]

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The Phone Book–Ancestry Part V

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Who even has a phone book anymore? Ancestry.com I just spent a Friday night turning the cyber-pages of the London phone book. It broke open a mystery I’ve been hunting for 18 months. Amazing. Tedious. Valuable. A short diversion to talk about names Listen, if like several of my ancestors, you marry a man named […]

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