It’s Off And Running

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 272020
 

My new book Tinder Street went live about 9 p.m. Saturday night, and by the end of the day on Sunday, it was already at #32 on Amazon’s Hot New Release list for Historical Fiction. And, strangely enough, at #3 in German Fiction. I guess because one of the main characters has a German last […]

Over 100K

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 082020
 

I was back at it yesterday, cranking out words in the first book in my new Tinder Street historical family saga series. I got a little more than 3,200 words done by the end of the day, which puts me over 100,000 words total in the book. Actually, I am at 102,879 words, but who’s […]

Silver Wings

 Posted by at 1:11 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 072020
 

Ever since we started traveling this wonderful country of ours, a trip to the National Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio had been on our bucket list. When we did go there, it was everything we expected, and more! The Air Force Museum houses what must be one of the […]

Jul 062020
 

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog, a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I don’t have anything else to talk about […]

A Hero’s Grave

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 052020
 

In a small church cemetery alongside a road in rural Middlesex County, Virginia, we came across the grave of a true American hero. Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller was a small-town boy who went on to become one of the most decorated United States Marines that ever lived. Puller was born and raised on the bank […]

Historic Fort Revere

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 122020
 

Overlooked and unknown to visitors who come to Boston, Massachusetts to see the historic sites related to Colonial America and the American Revolution, the remnants of a fort on a small peninsula on the south side of Boston Harbor date back to the War for Independence. The area now known as Telegraph Hill, in the […]

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 […]

Jan 242020
 

Located on the Kanawha River just a few miles north of Charleston, West Virginia is a World War I boomtown in the truest sense of the word. What was once nothing more than a cow pasture was chosen by the United States government as the site for an $80 million facility named Explosive Plant C […]

Fort Worden State Park

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 052019
 

We’ve visited Port Townsend, Washington many times and always enjoy browsing the shops along Water Street and the beautiful views of the mountains and boats on the waterfront, but for some reason we had never stopped to check out Fort Worden State Park. I’m glad we finally did because this historic fort, perched on a […]

Union Station

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 302019
 

Kansas City, Missouri’s historic Union Station is a treasure that the citizens of the Paris of the Plains cherish for its place in history as well as its place today as the city’s centerpiece for cultural and entertainment activities. The old railroad depot has seen it all; farm kids coming to the big city for […]

William Jennings Bryan

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 132019
 

In the small town of Salem, Illinois, located at the junction of U.S. Highway 50 and Interstate 57, we learned about one of America’s greatest political figures from a century ago. Born in Salem on March 19, 1860, William Jennings Bryan went on to become an attorney, newspaper editor, congressman, and influential public speaker. He […]

Jan 262019
 

At Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate, Kentucky, we came across the grave of an American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Born in New York in 1898, Nelson B. Klein joined New York’s 69th National Guard, also known as the “Irish Brigade,” during World War I and served in France with […]

Pearson Field

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 082018
 

We got an unexpected bonus when we visited Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state and discovered one of America’s oldest operating airfields adjacent to the old fur trading outpost. The past met the future at Vancouver Barracks on September, 19, 1905, when Lincoln Beachey took off from the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, […]

Jun 022018
 

For a brief time when I was a youngster my father’s work took us to southern California. We didn’t stay long and I don’t remember a whole lot about it, but one memory that stands out is of a bearded man who stood alongside the road waving at people as they drove into Laguna Beach. […]

Mar 012018
 

In a small park on Savannah’s riverfront stands a bronze statue called The Waving Girl, a tribute to one of America’s favorite goodwill ambassadors, though many outside of Georgia have never heard of her. Florence Martus was born on Cockspur Island on August 7, 1869, the daughter of a German immigrant who was a sergeant […]

An Ohio Castle

 Posted by at 12:51 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 072017
 

Note: This story is from the November-December 2014 issue of the Gypsy Journal. We usually think of castles as being mysterious places in exotic far off locations, but we discovered a full-size castle in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio! Located on a dead end road in the residential community of Loveland, Chateau Laroche was built […]

Sep 242014
 

That’s the slogan of the men and women tasked with moving men and materials for the military, and since the Revolutionary War they have been doing the job using everything from covered wagons to aircraft to boats and railroads. On a visit to the United States Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Virginia yesterday we […]