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Now Available: From Lincoln to Trump: a political transformation


This book answers a core question: How did the GOP get from Lincoln to Trump? To follow this transformation we look at the politics of all the Republican presidents, from 1860 to today, using simply what happened when they were president; what they believed, how they were supported, why they won and why they lost.


But no book can do it all. Here you'll see dedication to certain issues; war, racism, immigration, economics, women's rights. By tracing the evolution of these issues, we get a good idea of how US politics evolved and changed. We'll see why the country feels as divided today as it did in Lincoln's time. We find out why we haven't gotten past old racist ideas.


And more. There are comparisons to Democratic presidents. There are closer looks at why some GOP candidates didn't win. Why some were shot, and why some died. You will see particular attention paid to the 1960s, as a turning point in our politics. And we'll end with how many ways Trump seems wrong for our country, and where he seems right.


Hang on. You're in for a bumpy ride.


Author's second book of "journalistic history." For a dedicated approach to President Grant, see "Civil War & Bloody Peace: Following Orders."


Cover by Adam Reinhard


Published July 7, 2020 -  


This adventure in journalistic history was unlike my other one in two ways. Civil War & Bloody Peace (CWBP) took me twenty years, from beginning to publication, and I was on the road, a lot, going to all the places at which Henry served to dig out primary information to find out why he was sent where he was sent. From Lincoln to Trump (FLT) took not even a year from beginning to publication, because I relied on information commonly available. CWBP was an exercise in objectivity - I had only to demonstrate why Henry said what he said late in life. I had no other agenda. But FLT was written more with subjective objectivity. I am not alone in disdaining Trump as president; historians overall call him the worst president, and Lincoln the best. I felt that made such interesting bookends for everything that came between them that I wanted to find out what the heck happened to the Republican Party.


I'm going to be presenting on both books in September, so I'm going to see if I can hash out a kind of rough draft here.


CWBP was a book that I submitted for publication for about 10 years before I gave up and self-published. Well, I couldn't let all that research go to waste, right? Reasons given by publishers for not picking it up varied. Mostly, the lack of my being able to demonstrate that this wasn't Henry's personal story - because he was a nobody, right? But that his orders, where he was going as a non-comm during his 20 years in the army at such a pivotal time in history, I felt could teach us a lot about our history, in a very real way. And that it does.


i queried a few publishers on FLT but once I conjured the idea last fall I knew that I wanted to get it out before the election. I felt it would be filled with information that people needed for an informed vote. But no publisher who responded was able to handle such a quick turnaround. So again, I had no choice but to self-publish.


This means, of course, that I now have a second book that is not validated by any other historian. And yes, that bothers me. I sent CWBP to my thesis advisor and he hasn't responded since receiving it. I asked for a review from someone on campus. No response. I asked one of my thesis committee members to have someone he knows read FLT before it goes out. Again, no response. Of course I don't know why. But not knowing feels like - when your favorite pet cat disappears one day and never comes back. You never get closure.


Anyway, FLT was a cheaper process. I depended on some very factual books to come up with some of the main events in each president in this survey. From there I found some controversy and further information to more fully develop each of the issues on each president in the book.


For CWBP, I used a more day to day approach, or fort to fort, and showed what happened at each location that brought Henry there, and kept him there. He was in the Civil War starting in 1862, and then went west - a total of five enlistments, more than any other soldier I found in this research.


In FLT, I was also able to use research I'd been compiling for quite some time on the assassinations in the '60s. It just seems that people don't understand how transformational that period was in our society - and I think that with Trump we're facing another transformational period. But as I put this book togather I found something in the '60s that never occurred to me before. Is it possible the Democrats of the South - Dixiecrats - killed JFK? 


So you don't just see Republican presidents, although the focus IS on the GOP. I also do brief comparisons on issues of economy, war, racism and more to Democratic presidents. Because somewhere along the way, the two parties flipped. But did they? I was surprised by the answer, and you will be, too.


The seed for FLT was planted in CWBP. In that book I felt I demonstrated how the Republicans gave up on black rights. But I was only scratching the surface, because the book had to have an ending, and I chose Henry's death in 1916. What I learned in FLT made this country's character so clear. When Trump says "make America great again," he really does mean a kind of segregation, and dominance, that he felt made us great once before. His is a direct response to Obama's reaching out to the world for healing after the divisive presidency of GW Bush and his Iraq war.


Both books depended on the digging out of facts. You cannot rely on the opinion of others. If you find someone's opinion, and he makes it sound like fact, you have to dig further. While putting FLT together, the libraries closed down. I had to rely on books I could buy, and that I had in my library, and whatever I could find online. But I don't rely on opinions.


You will find controversy. I talk about who could have assassinated civil rights leaders like the Kennedys and King; not lone assassins. I include who was freemason throughout this history, but then I also include a discussion of freemasonry at the end meant to diffuse that conversation. I open things up further with my own commentary throughout, something I did not do in CWBP. But I wanted to make sure readers did not miss some of the connections I saw throughout the book.


I finally finished up with some more books from the library. In all FLT is an amazing resource. Give it a try. Help validate this work, so that more people take a chance on it. I will use any reviews in my presentation in September.


Thanks for reading.

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I had an epiphany (and now I know how to spell that word). I was reading this nondescript novel about a journalist who noted that her job was to report events accurately and in order so people can see what happened and draw their own conclusions. Now, mind you, I was reading this on my Kindle while I was out for a walk, so maybe those lines wouldn't have had the same effect if I was, say, on the toilet. I came up with a great edit for a script (remains to be seen, of course, if it sells) with a notebook and pen on that very same walk.


And I thought – hey! That's what I do! I followed Henry's orders by going everywhere he went and found all the things that happened where he was sent to find out why he was sent there. I reported on these things as though I was a journalist, reporting on his orders. That's it! That's what I am.


I had been criticized by the publishers I queried that I didn't analyze enough. That was not my goal, nor did I have a preconceived end result that I set out to prove.  I wanted to show the attitude of the orders, why he was sent where he was sent, but I wanted the readers to come to their own conclusions about this history. I wanted to be as objective as possible, and you'll read that in my introduction. I did figure this approach would show how much more involved Grant was, but I did not expect to find deliberate defeat at the Little Bighorn, for instance.


That is what was accomplished here – simply by presenting all the events as they happened.


So the real reason that they didn't publish my book was that they didn't understand my approach. Because it's NEW! It IS Journalistic History. But I did a search online and nothing came up with this genre indicated. That means, yes, you've heard it here first. I also did a search on historic journalism but all I found was the history of journalism. So this is a better name for what I write, historic events in a journalist style.


This is not narrative nonfiction. For a while, I tried to promote it that way. But narrative nonfiction doesn't travel in a nice orderly fashion, step by step. It meanders, and for that reason is more for reading enjoyment than learning enhancement.


Journalistic History will demonstrate our nation's history in the most forthright way possible. In this respect, it is the best kind of history to use at the high school level. If you want to know why our country is as it is, this is what you'll read.


And that's what I meant it for. I meant it for anyone who wants to know – for instance, why is our first black president a Democrat?


My next book, From Lincoln to Trump: a political evolution, is going to the KDP printer soon. It will be called, on the back cover, a new journalist history offering. And then will be described to detail what that means to readers of the book. You might also, on occasion, hear it referred to as historic journalism, but that might get confused with the journalism history. Journalistic History is the way history events are reported.


I'll share the blurb of my new book here soon.

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Healing a Racist USA

I posted on how police who deliberately kill unarmed blacks need to be held accountable if we are ever going to begin to purge this country of racism. George Floyd's death under the knee of a cop spurred protest around the country, and the world, in support for justice. But here in the USA, these peaceful protestors are being infiltrated by white supremacists determined to undermine their efforts and turned the country into a volcano, still happening at the time of this post.

Though the cop has been arrested, it is yet to be determined if he will be acquitted.

My post brought out the comment that racism is systemic in this country and a lot more needs to be done to stop it. I posted the following link I was given. I share it here because I want these efforts to continue: (copy and paste)

But one comment made took me by surprise, and is worth further exploration: That I, and everyone else in this country, has benefited from this racism.

Just what does that mean – benefitted? We all know what capitalism is like. We know that the rich get richer off our backs, and we know that they rarely allow new rich to join their ranks. The black population joined the rest of us after the civil war to be exploited as laborers. Many white laborers hated this competition in the struggles to rise above laboring to "make it" and politicians found ways to keep them from mingling. Blacks struggled to make it, too, but our white dominant society made their struggles so much harder. They are, for instance, incarcerated at much greater rates for longer times for lesser crimes. And no president has spoken out against this – not even Obama.

So yes, many things need to change, not just this strike against racists cops. But to date, only one woman cop has been found guilty, to my knowledge. And this cop who killed George already had 18 complaints against him. Why was he still on the force? All polices forces in the USA need to take a good hard look at the records of every officer. This needs to be done today.

What this post on Facebook, where I felt I was being called racist just for being white, made me realize that there really are two different definitions we're talking about. I'm going to share my responses to these comments, but not the original comments as I don't have permission. [] indicates excerpted from another opinion. () is some cleanup and clarification of my posting texts.


You blame people for living within a society in which they were raised? [That systemic view of racism] seems kind of unfair. I agree that the more we learn about these issues, the better able we are to deal with them. But what does dealing with them mean? I read every one of those 75 points (shared in the link above), many of which I already do or am involved in. But to blame each of us as individuals for the evils in our society today (can cause) a guilt complex that (some) people would not be able to overcome. And I don't think that would help BLM or any of our black friends one bit. (Would we just give up and say to hell with the help, then?)

When I think back to the '60s and (those attempts at civil rights) it causes a pain that gets harder to deal with every time it hits. So much hope was lost. So much fear rose up in its place.

Of course I blame society. But to blame kids who got a good education and used it to get a good job because that's what society demands of all of us [as taking part in a racist society] just seems a little harsh. To my knowledge I never pushed a minority out of the way for a job that they could have done better. I was born and raised in Green Bay. The only blacks we knew played football. The key is and always has been integration. Until we can truly create a society where all people ARE (treated) equal, and that means getting rid of the people hired to protect and to serve who only protect and serve whites, we can't even begin to get that society.

I am to this day so horrified at how many of my old classmates (in Green Bay) are trump supporters.

You (cannot) think that each of us (today) created this (old system) in our society. I was not in the Civil War, nor were you. We each had to be raised in what our parents dealt with. The main point is how we move forward from here, not each of us taking blame for what our forefathers did. We have to address today. Now. As we tried in the 60s, but so many of our ideals were assassinated. We cannot go backward into fear again. We have to go forward with courage.

I am not complicit. I am trying to change things. I have always been trying to change things. And I will always try to change things. I suggest you, and everyone else, do the same.


Don't throw history at me. I know history. (This is where I realize that all my opponent in this debate was trying to do as to get me to see how long the USA has been racist. I'm a historian. I write about these issues. We had been defining racism differently.)

She sees it as part of being human, as in we're all racist, showing preference for whatever system favors us. (If I'm understanding right.)

My definition is simply to apply the word to the more violent among us - those who cannot stand having "others" around them. Those who are willing to act out their hate is some perverse way. And those that think they can get away with it because their dominant society will support them.

Many of us (today) are not racist, but humanist - it's knowing that we are all human inside, despite our differences, and accept being among others as the natural order of things. We still might more overly associate with "our own kind" but that's more a matter of being used to people we understand (not that I understand my husband all the time.) The need in our society is to turn racists into humanists.

And I think we're getting there a little bit more, every day. I am not my grandfather, and my granddaughters will not be me.

(I reject being called a racist because of how I define the term. I would never violate anyone else's space or rights. Because I don't have that right. None of us do.)

But I will make sure I distinguish the difference in the two definitions in my book so I don't confuse anyone. The problem [of systemic racism] is similar to how (some) native American Indians hate ALL whites because they think we're all the same. It's not true, and it wasn't true historically either.

(I err on the side of) how the term racist is most obviously used in the country (today). When we call white supremacists racist, it's a negative. If we call all of us racist, that makes us feel we're all wrong. We're not and believe it or not, our attitude does change things. We are making progress.

I completely understand this history of our racism. I'm talking about the changes that need to be made to address what's happening today. We cannot erase that history. My book is going to show how we got where we are today. And my initial comment on my other post stands. We have to start with cleaning up our police departments. Holding them accountable. Until that changes, nothing changes. (They are our most public servants, paid by our taxes to protect and defend ALL of us. Until we make sure that happens, we can't find that equality.)

You are all right in understanding that our country is white-dominated since its formation. The trick today is changing that. It's not easy. But it can be done, and we can all take steps to do that. That's what this post is all about.

Many of us want our centuries-long system of oppression to end. That's what this is all about. Changing our history. Let's not fight each other but join hands and know what we're fighting for. True equality.


So no, I don't feel I've benefited. Like anyone else, I worked to survive, as we all must. But I didn't benefit because all the pain and suffering by other people around me, needless suffering, breaks my heart every time I see it. It's a truly helpless feeling, and not a gift, at all. I speak up against it wherever I can. Whenever I can. But I will not carry a gun, and I will not protest in a pandemic.

I am not happy to be part of white skin history.

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The CAMD is Personal

I lost the Iowa Grant, the one that would have enabled the project to feel professional and would have funded the trip to the remaining Iowa museums, including to the OAS in Iowa City where I felt I was only shown half of their material.


Because of this, because of, well, many of these kinds of unfunded setbacks, I will no longer be sharing any copper research anywhere except an occasional post at I will pursue my love of this exploration of a vast Americas trade network for my own satisfaction, and to hope that someday my offerings will make a difference.


I will continue to work on the resource manuals but with no delusion that I will find an interested publisher. I will continue to call museums on my list to ask for information over the phone because I can no longer afford to travel anywhere. But I will expect a further lack of cooperation because of my inability to demonstrate any professoinal support.


I will no longer do a newsletter in any shape or form. The copper topic will remain here, however, and I will on occasion share something fun. While I dearly loved contact with like-minded people, i was unable to obtain any real support except for a "good job" every now and again. I recently heard that my most avid supporter, archeologist Jack Steinbring, has passed away. I knew he was in ill health. That has left me feeling the void.


But I cannot give up, because this work is that important. To me. While others continued to make fun, I continued to see validity in my progress.


If you are interested in any aspect of this research, there is one way you can help. Wherever your area of interest is, request a copy of materials found there. It won't cost you a lot. But it could save the CAMD's life.


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About Booking the Commercial

I have to say, I didn't expect to get it. I first auditioned for a commercial through Milwaukee Talent Network (MTN) - oh gosh, was it last October? Joe came with me, and it was for Potawatomie Casino, and I said after, that was the most fun audiion I ever had in my life. Oh yes, it was like the day after I went to a Monday Night Packer game. So my hair was a wreck. But anyway. I didn't get the role, which would have paid really good. But about a month later I got an email from MTN asking me to audition again. But this time, they put me through a series of 'takes' where I had to instantly react to what they told me to do. They signed me on that day.


I do have to say that I've rehearsed for this my whole life. I have a resume of theater and film - mostly theater -- that's four pages long, and that's just from post-high school work. So acting is something I've just always loved to do. Be somebody else for a change. My mom always told me I was too emotive but it comes in handy on the stage. 


But I took a job shortly after that and didn't get any calls to audition for anything. I thought they forgot about me. Shortly after the lock down I got my first auditon. I rehearsed and rehearsed - but they wanted it filmed with a phone camera and I didn't have a phone camera tripod so I had to prop it where I could. I just forgot one tiny detail - they said location of my filming was as important as I was because it was going to be a lockdown commercial for US Cellular, talking about how important it is to stay connected. So no, I didn't get it.


I took a class about how to auditon, anad one of the things they said was that we should edit our audition so that we don't have that awkward start and stop, where we have to press the button, you know? And I thought, hey, I'm an actor, not a film editor! 


But then came the day - and no one knows this part - when I had to drive to Milwaukee, around mid-April - to rehearse to be in a movie being filmed there. Now I've done film and we always rehearsed the same day we filmed. This guy wanted me there just to rehearse, in a park, open air. Well, I got there an hour early because I figured I better find a bathroom first, since I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew they wouldn't be open in the park. Now Milwaukee is the virus hot spot in the state, so of course I was nervous about this in the first place. But I went to three different service stations, and not one had a bathroom open. I went back to the park, now a half-hour early hoping that we could just rehearse quick so I could leave because there's a rest stop on the way home. He wanted to meet me and all. I got the text that he was going to be a half hour late. That meant waiting an hour without a bathroom and then rehearsing and then driving back to the rest stop. Well, the was enough for me. I texted back that I couldn't wait and had to leave, and he should just recast the part. I guess he did because I didn't hear back after that day. 


Anyway, when I got home, I filmed the scene I had to rehearse, in the clothes I wanted him to see, and I sat down and I edited it. Yes, and it wasn't too hard! But he never asked to see it.


So now I was ready. I'd ordered a cell phone mount for my tripod and I knew how to edit. I waited for my next chance.


I first saw the audiiton announcement on Actors in Wisconsin, to send two photos and a resume. It also said that if I had an agent I should send the audition through them. Well, I wasn't sure my agent saw the posting so I went ahead and sent the photos and resume. Not even a half hour later I got an email from the agency telling me to send them an audition tape!


I got a little confused and told them what I did. They said that's okay, as long as I'm agented I can just send the audition tape. They sent a short blurb about the role and instructions. So I got to work. I read about the character and felt she was me. She loves biking, has a granddaughter, and has health issues. I can do that. I rehearsed what they wanted me to say like five times, and finally I got a video I thought was perfect. Then I edited it. Then I noticed how crappy my hair was. And I apologized to my agent when I sent it to him.


Then I got an email from the casting director asking me for my audition based on my photos and resume! Oh, no, I was sure I'd blown it! They're going to be so mad. I emailed him back, copied in my agent, and apologized. And then I just sat back and waited to be rejected.


First I was told I made first cut - which means I'm the first one they'll look at. And then the agent said they wanted a full length photo. So I sent two. And then i got the booking!


I'm going to come back and add to this after the filming. I am going to be holding my breath between now and June 9th, hoping nothing goes wrong.

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Feeling on the Cusp of Things

You know how that goes. Every once in a great while a few nice things coincide to make you feel you're getting places, making the right decisions.


On May 17, my 45th wedding anniversary, my husband reluctantly allowed me to drag him to view a condo for sale in Green Bay. We also have relatives there, so we treated them to lunch first, with as much social distancing as possible in horrible weather. I realized at home that night that, though it had everything we wanted, it just wasn't big enough and wouldn't allow for Joe's massive plants that he's so proud of. He'd have to give up gardening both outside and in.


I made a deal with him the next day. Allow me to take a train trip to ABQ, or Seattle, this year, and I will give up trying to find a place in Green Bay, until the day when he cannot do his share of work around the house anymore. I also told him he has to get the phone numbers of some neighbors to call when I'm on the road, just in case. Or I will immediately put the house up for sale.


Now, only two days after that (I'll skip over the May 18 fun but that was a great day), I got an email from a city councilman, wanting me to apply to be on one of the city committees. Even though, yes, their need is great, I was honored to be asked. Only the week before I'd responded to his request to get letters sent opposing a new charter school in the area. I got that done quickly, and I think that made him think of me.


I had been complaining to Joe that I couldn't find myself in Beloit. I didn't feel I belonged here. And though he's on a city committe himself, he did not suggest this for me.


I told him that the move to Green Bay meant I would have to give up a lot, too, but at least we'd be where we belong. One of the thing I'd have to give up is all the films and commercials I apply for. My talent agency would probably drop me. So the same day that I got that request to apply for a committee position, I was told that I was "first call" for the commercial I applied for through my agency last week. I felt I'd done the best auditon ever for that good-paying role, but I was stunned to see I'm actually in the running for it!


Problem - they need me available June 8th. Yeah. Joe's next infusion in Madison date. Sigh. So I immediately went online to find a car to rent for the day. I won't be able to make it to Milwaukee until 9:30 or so, but I'm hoping that'll work out. Fingers crossed! They said they'd let me know more on 5/22. Until then, I'm going to believe that I'm the best they can find in that role.


It feels, like, okay, I'll resign myself to being here, and suddenly, things start to happen. I also joined the new Beloit Democrats, and made phone calls last week. Where this will all lead will depend on me, and all I need is the right attittude, like the one I had, full of hope, in 2018.

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Update on Projects during Quarantine

I want to give myself a tally of the projects I'm working on and felt this the best place to do it, since I know no one reads me here, so I can be self-indulgent, right? And yeah, I'm talking to you anyway, since I hope all you non-existent people out there will be my readers someday.


Anyway, since leaving work on March 24th I've had what I've longed for - uninterrupted time, no longer wracked with guilt about finding a job, free to work all day every day on these projects that have lingered in the dark for too long. Here's the list of current projects:


My Vampire Trilogy - still marketing Journal of an Undead: Love Stories. Though formerly published as Adventures in Death & Romance, I'm finding no interest, even from those who take formerly published works. I finished a great new edit of Journal of an Undead: Climax where I had to decide on Arabus's final fate and I think it concludes in the best way possible. It needs, I think, one more edit and then I'll have to self-publish, if I realize I have killed my chances for an undead publisher.


Pensaukee: Voice of a Landscape. I started research on this in my undergrad degree, and got the Arndt Sawmill site on the National Register in 2006 as part of the Arndt Team. But the project has languished ever since. Imagine trying to find all my resources now! It's an on-ongoing challenge to pull this together, and I recently decided to remove all footnotes and opt instead for references to sources within the text and the full bibliography at the end. I've seen others do this, and except for querying the state historical press, I'll just put this up on Amazon myself. Somehow I have to get it under 150,000 words first. It starts with just the American Indians on the land, and takes us through European conquest, up until 1950 and how the area gradually polluted. Truly is the voice of a landscape, and I hope it gets attention past local consumers. Taking out footnotes also reduces the book's length.


Movie scripts. I did two very good - I hope - edits of Journal from the Grave and Bighorn Deceit. I also renamed Skin Changers to POS Amerika or The Rio Grande River Wall War.  Problem with my editing is that with each edit I think I've got it perfect. And then a couple months later I go back and see all kinds of errors. Truly hate that. But I have now invested money in all three of these edits, so will report if they start getting any attention. Next up is my low budget horror comedy.


From Lincoln To Trump: I began researching and writing my pivotal look at the Republican Party, starting with Lincoln, in October, and have now completed second edit. I pulled some of this from my published nonfiction, but there is a lot of material here that didn't make that book, which ends with a look at Teddy Roosevelt. Here, seeing through an objective look at their accomplishments, with an intense focus on why the violence happened in the 1960s, we get a clear view of how this political evolution happened. Of course I am anti-Trump, and I cannot hide that, but there's plenty of factual material here for even a skeptic on my subjectivity to pick up on. There's no fake news here. I expect to get this published on Amazon because no publisher could take it on and get it out by October - and getting it out after the November election would be a bit anti-climatic. Because I don't see how Trump can possibly win again. With any luck I'll have it out before the end of July.


Dinner at Marshall Field's: This is an edit I'm vey proud of. I'm going through each chapter two to three times. Before the read-aloud final edit of each chapter, I ask myself, now what is the reason that this chapter exists? By asking myself that, I am approaching each chapter as though a mini-story in itself. I'm going to try querying a few agents with the first couple of chapters. I also removed a ridiculous gimmick that I thought would help it sell, indicating that I didn't think much of myself as a writer. I thank Malavika Jagannathan for giving me her copy of "The Paris Wife," which is also in first person, set in a similar time period, for inspiring in me a more poetic tone to the piece.


Copper Resource Manuals: Because I opted to get out of my godaddy website, which also cancelled my email account from which I sent my newsletters, I've put the newsletters as they were away and am now focused on sending out copper tips here on its own page. I've yet to create a mailing list at Yahoo to let my subscribers know, and I'm not sure that many of them would care, but what I really need to focus on is getting the first copper resource manual done. Wisconsin, of course, will be first, and again I'll try the Wisconsin history press to see if they're interested. But if not, I will publish these myself. This is the ultimate culmination of the work that first started over a decade ago. I applied for a grant from Iowa to continue research in that state this summer - but with the virus, traveling might be what keeps me from getting it.


Movie Making: For a while, I was happy to have three roles in different local movies. One was simply a phone in, so I finally taped an audio and sent it in. I have yet to hear if it's acceptable. The second was a role created for me by Robb Chase, in Madison, very appreciative of his support. He's so far had only online rehearsals. The third is a role I didn't think I was suited for, but he fought to get me to take it. But he started having in-person rehearsals in Milwaukee, which made me uncomfortable. So I told him he better find someone else. He asked me to hang in there, in case he can't find someone else. It's an intriguing role of a madam, and godmother of a killer, so I told him to just let me know. I'm also working on editing my own documentary now. I did a good job editing a short video, but trying to combine two videos didn't go well. Everything was going great until a part of it went black and I have no idea why. I'll see what happens there today.


Lots of miscellaneous to work on. I'm trying to pull on my success in writing for Muse and younger kids, plus I have several short works I think are worth putting out there. Watch for my Muse announcement. They're supposed to let me know how to tell others how to get copies. I wish wish wish they werea available at newstands. A goal of my life, sitll unfulfilled, is to be found on the shelf in Barnes and Nobel.





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How a Pagan views Disease

This will be hard to write.


I am eying Sweden's disease experiment with great interest. Could they be right? If you let the disease run its course, will there be no mutation? No second wave?


Are we doing the wrong thing with lockdown?


I think we're doing the only thing that today's sane people can do -- put lives over money. 


But will this come back to haunt us? Will this prove to be the wrong move?


I think about how ancient cultures let the weaker of society die when food was short.


I also think about the 90% death of the Native American Indians when Europeans first arrived, because they had no immunity to their diseases.


I think about how much worse many of us thought this could be if we don't take precautions. Yes, we don't want to overwhelm our hospitals. But how do we know it can't get much worse later?


I'm not saying my right to go shopping or get a haircut or have wine in public is more important than your mother's heatlh. Not at all. It's not about shopping. It's not about how many people are unemployed and can't afford food. It's not even about how we might run out of food if we don't start up the economy again.


But in a way, it is. If we don't die one way, we'll die another way.


One thing I know for sure. If Trump says it, it's wrong. Trump's motives are always self-serving. There's no doubt in my mind about that.


But we've seen cities as being those places were more people will die than anywhere else. And that's the Democratic base. That's why Trump let this virus loose.


So remember this, and know that no matter what we do to fight this virus -- we might be right, we might be wrong. The only right thing is going to be to stop Trump. Stop the GOP. 


So protect yourself, protect your family, protect your vote. That might be all we have left. And it might not be enough.

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Lots of people speculate on what life will be like the remainder of this year and going forward. A second wave of the virus is predicted to hit and will be worse than the first if we're not careful. Here's what I suggest can be the new normal – now, and maybe for years to come.


Haven't you ever wondered how stores, especially the smaller ones, can survive when they open and no one comes in? What about restaurants? Staff sitting around with nothing to do. I worked at a tax office this past spring, one that closed up during lockdown and only serviced the taxes by mail, and that's when I got let go. But before that, we had to take care of a couple thousand people who were having their taxes done. Once the preparer was finished, they would come in AT THEIR CONVENIENCE to sign and pay for the service. We never knew when to expect them so sometimes we had nothing to do and sometimes the wait area would be full.


CONVENIENCE seems to be the cornerstone of our retail industry. But I suggest that is what needs to change if we are to get business up and running again. Of course the world doesn't run on just retail but a lot of office workers like the new normal of working from home. I'm sure that will gradually change. But so many people are employed in the non-essential businesses, and that's what I'm talking about here. Restaurants, clothing stores, department stores, even liquor stores and state parks and gyms. All can set up a system based on one word.




I don't think this is a hard word to understand. You want a fancy dinner out, you make a reservation. Why not do that all the time? You want your hair cut, you make an appointment. Everything you want to purchase can be done either online or by appointment.


Recently I went to the carpeting store. I didn't know they were open but took a chance and called. I was willing to make an appointment to go in and see carpeting styles. It's very hard to pick something out online. He didn't have anyone there and allowed me to take samples home. I could easily have made an appointment to do this.


Making an appointment for everything takes away the spontaneity, of course. Of course. That's exactly how we need to move forward from this virus.


Just how would this work? I suspect that the state would indicate how many customers you can safely have in your store for the square feet of that store. Once that's determined, you block out one hour shopping times for the max number you can have at any one time. The person calls for the time, or books online, and pays $10 for their time. If they buy something that $10 is applied to what they purchase. This will eliminate loitering. You will get dedicated shoppers. If you wanted to, you could give them a gift certificate – if you're out of their size, for instance.


You could even say that people have to book a day in advance. That way, if you have a day where no one is coming in, you could be closed – paying your staff half pay for the day off, of course.


Now a store like Anthropologie wouldn't be able to accommodate as many as a store like Target, but it seems to me an hour block is reasonable at both places.


Except for fast foods, ALL dine-in restaurants would make reservations and allow a certain number per hour, the same way. This would spread out your patrons, so you're not overwhelmed – and you're also not open when no one is there.


As long as the virus is out there, every patron MUST wear a mask. I still see people walking around in stores without them. Apparently there is no rule against letting them in.


Honestly, I don't see a downside to this idea. If the system works as well as I think it would, it could remain in place long after the virus is gone.


What do you think? Do you see any downside to this, other than the lack of convenience and desire just to browse? I can't think of any. People will grumble at first, of course, since societal change can be difficult. But we'd get used to it, and it's a lot better than not going anywhere at all.


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Copper Newsletter Due 1st of May

(You can add your email on the copper tab and I think that does something. Let me know.)


I am just putting up a little newsletter here every month of some new discoveries. I tried but was unable to figure out how to create an email list at either of my email sites, yahoo or gmail. If anyone knows how, hand me a few steps, eh?


But I'll tell you, I'm pulling my hair out lately, trying to go through resources to work on for the resource manuals. I keep running into ones I've already used, or they don't have anything or what they have is confusing - I'm no archaeologist, after all. And I have to be careful not to tred on any toes with my silly ideas, right.


Breathe, just breathe.


Hey, if only I wasn't onto something in my undergraduate work in the late 1990s that gave me this cocky idea that I might have some good instincts for this work. If only I didn't ... then maybe I wouldn't be here drowning in 78,000 artifacts trying to figure out how to make this collection available for use.


The biggest thing I fear? Museums will start trying to grab from each other. Please! That's not the purpose here. 


Well, keep an eye out for the first of May. I won't be able to share photos online, though. Not like I used to with my newsletter.


And don't forget to go to the links page and download the Wittry Updated Typology.

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