I Am A Racist

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
May 072020
 

My Mama didn’t raise me this way, and I know my Dad must be very disappointed in me, but it turns out I’m a racist. I cannot tell you how disappointed I was in myself when I got the news yesterday. I honestly never knew. This apparently stems from yesterday’s blog, when I mentioned a […]

Willapa Seaport Museum

 Posted by at 12:23 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 082020
 

We never know what we’re going to find when we go out exploring a new area, or even one that we’ve been to many times before. But we always try to give ourselves plenty of time and keep our options open just in case we stumble upon something we didn’t know existed. A good example […]

Feb 122020
 

Today I thought I would give you part two of an update on our trip from Florida to Arizona, with more to follow. After two days in Hondo, Texas, we hit the road again, traveling thirty miles north on a two-lane state highway to the small town of Bandera, which bills itself as the Cowboy […]

Feb 062020
 

Your first view of Devils Tower National Monument, rising 1267 feet above the Belle Fourche River and surrounding grassland and Ponderosa pine forests of northeastern Wyoming like a rocky sentinel, is always breathtaking. The closer you get and the more time you spend here, the more the power and beauty of this natural wonder takes […]

Ohio Indian Wars

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 042019
 

While we were in Ohio doing research for a new book series we visited two places that recognize the struggle between Native Americans and settlers as the newcomers moved onto what had long been traditional Indian homelands. One of those places was Fort Meigs, located on a bluff overlooking the Maumee River. After suffering several […]

Nov 272019
 

When I was in high school in Toledo, Ohio, the father of one of my friends was a seaman working on freighters plying the Great Lakes. A couple of times when he was in port my buddy and I went down to the ship, a massive freighter, and he gave us a tour. I can […]

No Blog Today

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 272019
 

Sorry, but no blog today. I was having a reaction to new meds most of the day and evening and just don’t have the energy. It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series. […]

True Dignity

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 262019
 

Travelers on Interstate 90 near Chamberlain, South Dakota are often delighted by a beautiful 50 foot tall sculpture of a Native American woman located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River between exits 263 and 265. This amazing work of art is called Dignity and represents the courage, perseverance and wisdom of the Lakota and […]

Historic Camp Roberts

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 032018
 

For centuries the land that now makes up Camp Roberts Military Reservation, a California National Guard post in central California, has been an encampment for Native Americans and soldiers serving a number of governments, from the Colonial Spaniards to Mexican troops to Americans soldiers who rode into battle on horseback or in tanks and helicopters. […]

Sep 192018
 

History is written by the victors, and unfortunately, we Americans have not always been the nicest people in the world. Evidence of that is in the movies and television shows of my childhood, which portrayed Indians, whom we now call Native Americans, as ruthless savages who spent their time raiding settlers’ isolated cabins and ambushing […]