Fake News or Storytelling

Post (c) Doris McCraw In the 1870s the Signal Corps decided they would place a signal station on the top of Pikes Peak. Once the building was completed, the hardy men who lived up there set about doing their job. Since no one in the United States had lived at the altitude of 14,000+ feet, … Continue reading Fake News or Storytelling

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Old West Entertainers

Post by Doris McCraw I love entertainment; movies, plays, opera, and symphony along with so many other forms. One thing I always stop and read when I'm researching is the entertainment that those in the 1800s enjoyed. Since I've been in the 'stacks' lately researching an outlaw for an upcoming presentation and paper, I thought … Continue reading Old West Entertainers

Halloween 1870s Style

Post by Doris McCraw First, I'll get my new story/promotion out of the way. I have a story in the anthology "One Yuletide Knight" that is now up for pre-order and will be available as an ebook on November 2, 2017 with the print version available shortly after. You can purchase it at: One Yuletide Knight … Continue reading Halloween 1870s Style

Some Thoughts on History

Post by Doris McCraw I'm in the midst of writing a novel due to be released in January. I'm also writing a paper for the library districts history symposium. Additionally, I'm thinking of taking the nanowrimo challenge this November.  So you may wonder why I chose 'Some Thoughts on History' as the subject of this … Continue reading Some Thoughts on History

RESPECT

post (c) Doris McCraw If anyone has followed my timeline on Facebook, they would have seen the post about the theft at Colorado Springs Evergreen Cemetery. Someone came in and stole the metal fencing from around a small grave in the pioneer section. The headstone, which was leaning against the fencing is now lying on … Continue reading RESPECT

Why I Like Mark Twain-beyond the obvious

post (c) Doris McCraw Ah yes, Mark Twain. "Huckleberry Finn", "Tom Sawyer" and so many more stories this man, born Samuel Clemens, wrote for the world to experience. Ernest Hemingway once wrote of "Huckleberry Finn" that 'modern American literature came from that one book'. There are many who admire his work, others who wonder what … Continue reading Why I Like Mark Twain-beyond the obvious

Outside the Comfort Zone

Post (c) Doris McCraw When I began this journey of writing there were moments of trepidation. Not strong mind you, for if anything I do tend to live outside the comfort zone from within my own comfort zone.  Confused yet?  Life is an adventure, a journey. My comfort zone is keeping myself happy by doing … Continue reading Outside the Comfort Zone

The Power of Poetry

Post (c) Doris McCraw What is it about poetry that touches the soul? What makes certain combinations of words haunting, happy or beautiful? This poem by Helen (Hunt) Jackson may help us understand the power of words. Glimpses As when on some great mountain-peak we stand, In breathless awe beneath its dome of sky, Whose … Continue reading The Power of Poetry

The Many Names of Helen Hunt Jackson

Post (c) Doris McCraw Helen Hunt Jackson is not a well-known name to many. This of course is partially due to the fact she died in 1885. Additionally, she had many names during her lifetime, one of which was not Helen Hunt Jackson. She was born Helen Maria Fiske in 1830. She carried this name … Continue reading The Many Names of Helen Hunt Jackson

It Happened On This Day

Post by Doris McCraw It's July 10, 2017 and do you know what happened on this day? I've always found these pieces of history fascinating. Maybe it's the researcher in me, or maybe it's just an insatiable desire to know.  Whatever the reason, I did a bit of searching and guess what I found? In … Continue reading It Happened On This Day