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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Privacy and the Biographer

How does a biographer deal with privacy issues? As in, what if you stumble on something intimate, do you share or do you shield? Or perhaps, side-step? What would you do if you found a comment like this by your subject’s only child: “She was always very hesitant, you see, I mean a lot of […]

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A Fascination with Historic Color Photos

Historic color photos, old photographs, 1900s,photographer to the Russian tsar, WWI, reaction to historic color photos, what was life like 120 years ago?

“Historic color photos from Tsarist times,” read the Seattle Post-Intelligencer headline. I read the article with interest. I’d always been a Russophile. An art museum in Seattle held an exhibit many years ago of work by “the photographer to the Tsar,”   Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. It featured several dozen color photos from the early 1900s. I’d never […]

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Oswald Chambers’ Birthday

Last week we looked at Biddy’s birthday, this week we celebrate Oswald’s! The two were born 11 days shy of nine years apart–Oswald entering the world in Scotland on July 24, 1874. The seventh of eight children of Reverend Clarence and Hannah Chambers, Oswald had four sisters and three brothers. Oswald grew up in a busy household, […]

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8 Favorite Memoirs

It’s summer and I’m enjoying my eight favorite memoirs. It’s important to remember memoirs and biographies are different. While biographies tell an entire life’s story, a memoir generally limits itself a slice of time, or a particular event. I love memoirs even more than biographies, in part because narrative non-fiction is my favorite genre. (Memoirs […]

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