An Old Depot

Life: It’s a rather calm weekend here. Went on a short road trip to get pictures of an old train station that had been abandoned, salvaged, moved, and restored by a local Polo Club. I love it when a bit of local history is preserved. If you’re in the area, this is located on Bridge … More An Old Depot

The First Vampire

Contrary to popular opinion, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is not the first English language vampire story. That credit goes to Lord George Gordon Byron, in 1813. His epic poem, The Giaour, has some chilling vampiric scenes that later authors, including Dr. Polidori, have applied to the legends. Some folks credit Lord Byron’s personal physician with the … More The First Vampire

Kissing the Hand

The rush, stress, and practicalities of modern life have cost us more than we know. Many of the polite acts of chivalry have been abandoned. I know that a strong, modern woman is fully capable of opening their own restaurant door, but I feel it is my duty as a gentleman to graciously hold it … More Kissing the Hand

Jumpstart the Muse

I am constantly running into news articles on the web that sound like fodder for a story. The stories might be historical fiction, alternate history or just an interesting background to a romance or mystery. Here’s a case in point. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/evolution/9269523/Dogs-helped-man-out-compete-with-Neanderthals.html “Now experts have suggested the domestication of dogs, and the benefit it gave to … More Jumpstart the Muse