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A Few Days’ Distance

Friends, I have 80 pages — a very rough draft — of a chapter finished. It needs editing, but I’m setting it aside for maybe a week. After the distance of a few days, I’ll be able to take a look at it with fresh eyes and a renewed writing […]

Common Sense and Lack Thereof

Even though the academic semester is over for most universities, work still continues. This is my favorite time of the year: Grades are posted, my desk is a little clearer, and I have more time to write during the actual workday (during most of the year, I have to get […]

Gratias Ago Tibi, Fr. Brock

The excellent Angela the Archivist over at Stetson has this to share with us today: I had mentioned to Angela that I suspected Emmett’s diploma was in Latin, but because I didn’t have anything on hand from 1904 (when he graduated), I wasn’t sure. Nowadays, of course, most U.S. universities […]

21st Century Lens Syndrome

Here’s the latest conumdrum from this week’s research: I find myself immediately reacting to what I read rather than remembering that life in 1914 did not include things I take for granted in 2014, such as: polio and flu vaccines, the EEOC, the 19th Amendment, compulsory public education for minor […]

Bluemont, Virginia

This is a great story, folks. Last night, I had a message from “Tell My Story” reader Mark, who said: “Some years ago, I found (in a box of stuff at a Mt Vernon auction) a small B&W photo of a woman working in her flower garden. On the back […]

A Second Opinion

Last week, a colleague and I were discussing general research practices and how information is interpreted. She said: “If you (people in general) are only concerned with proving your theories and are not open to a different version, you may be published but you will still be wrong.” This comment […]

The Class Prophet

A few days ago, I was reading through archived copies of Stetson University’s student newspaper, the Stetson Weekly Collegiate, and I noticed that in some of the issues printed either before or right after graduation, some of those papers printed the graduating class’ ‘Prophecy.’ This is a old tradition for […]

How Another Writer Handled A Bio Subject

I’m curious how other writers of historic bios handle their biographical subjects, particularly when the lives were short and relatively obscure, as was Emmett’s. I was intrigued with the story of Alonzo Hereford Cushing. Cushing was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on November 6, 2014 — more than 150 […]

Franken-writing the Bio

If you think writing a book is about sitting down before a keyboard and ‘just doing it’, I say, maybe. It depends on how long you’ve been living with the subject. Personally, I feel like I know Emmett and several key ‘characters’ in his story well. I would never presume […]

Ya Never Know…

In an earlier post — hell, in several earlier posts — I politely beg and plead for assistance in finding Emmett’s Elusive Scrapbooks. The deal is, Emmett kept scrapbooks, and he willed them to his namesake, Emmett Wilson Kehoe, when he died. I have been in contact with the Kehoe […]