Lessons from my dog

I’ve been spending more time with my dog during the lockdown. He’s teaching me a lot. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned so far under his tutelage. 1. When you see people, always act like you’re really excited.2. When you take a walk, take time to smell stuff, even flowers. 3. Water is probablyContinue reading “Lessons from my dog”

Prayer and the will

I’ve often wondered what the deal is with prayer. Does God really need me to tell him that something bad is going on somewhere and he needs to fix it? For instance, last night I prayed for China. I want the Chinese communist party to fall and to fade quietly into history. Why does GodContinue reading “Prayer and the will”

Writing MIDI characters?

While revising one of my novels for publication, I started to realize that my characters don’t always act in consistently believable ways. I tend to throw in actions and emotions wherever the actions and emotions are needed, regardless of whether a real person, that character I am creating, would have actually done or said thoseContinue reading “Writing MIDI characters?”

Hop Picking in Puyallup, 1885

Puyallup Pickings From Tacoma Daily LedgerSeptember 17, 1885 Hop picking is advancing although the rain has been heavy. The Indians do not stop much for wet weather. The women, with calico dresses and many of them with bare feet, work all day, but they are not exempt from diseases, many of them are dying withContinue reading “Hop Picking in Puyallup, 1885”

Chinese officials not much interested in the Wyoming affair

September 6, 1885 Adjutant-General Drum to-day telegraphed instructions to Major-General Schofield of Chicago to order additional United states troops to Evanston, Wyo. where the fleeing Chinese are concentrating and to all other points along the Unite States mail route in that territory where there are any indications of trouble. Information was received today that theContinue reading “Chinese officials not much interested in the Wyoming affair”

Washington Blue Laws not What They Seem?

I came across this article when I was doing research for a short story about anti-Chinese sentiment. It used to be illegal to sell most goods and perform most services on Sundays in Washington. Seems obviously an imposition of religion on others. However, its original intent may have been to protect workers and give themContinue reading “Washington Blue Laws not What They Seem?”

Black Dialectic Comedian in Tacoma, 1885

I came across this interesting tidbit in the Tacoma Daily Ledger from September 30, 1885. “Johnny Carter, the great colored comedian, gave one of his amusing entertainments to an appreciative audience last night at Germania hall, and will give his farewell entertainment to-night, at the same hall, with an entire change of programme. He isContinue reading “Black Dialectic Comedian in Tacoma, 1885”

The Chinese Must Go!

The Daily Ledger, Tacoma, Washington Territory, Wednesday, September 30, 1885 The Chinese Must Go The Preamble and Resolutions Adopted by the Puget Sound Anti-Chinese Congress. On Monday evening last, at Seattle, W.T., the following preamble and resolutions were adopted by the delegates from various cities and towns on Puget Sound, who had convened to formulateContinue reading “The Chinese Must Go!”