January 2021

Sample Sunday: Death scene

From Chapter 1 of Dead Man Lying—coming soon! A hazy sun shone hot on two women, standing on a rough low platform of volcanic rock. The air was heavy with moisture and the smell of wet soil, flowers and the unique, spicy aroma of Hawaii. Long fronds and branches hung low, weighed down by rain […]

Communicating in real time

Wednesday’s failed coup attempt raises troubling possibilities about the state of the world’s most self-congratulatory democracy. It also highlighted the impossibility of providing accurate context when events unfold quickly. Bill Mahr has described the whole administration of the 45th President as a “slow moving coup.” On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, it accelerated. Politicians and pundits […]

Winter inspiration

True winter has finally arrived at Bury Manor in Ottawa. This is good news, because I always find fresh, white snow inspires me to write. Hence this blog post? No—as you saw on my last post, I have resolved to post regularly,. That’s right, you can expect to see more of this on this page, […]