Visiting Yellowstone National Park–Old Eyes, New Eyes

Visiting Yellowstone National Park–Old Eyes, New Eyes

We took the grandchildren to Yellowstone Park last July. They were excited and loved it. I thought it had become over-commercialized but didn’t complain. No reason to ruin their first impression. One exception: I did like the Mammoth Hot Springs area. I’d never been there before and I thought the cabins were delightful. Gophers played on the lawn. We could sit on the porch and enjoy the scenery. Each morning we walked all around the...

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Getting the Facts Right But Not Necessarily True

In the latest issue of Creative Nonfiction, Sharon DeBartolo Carmack discusses the joys and hazards of writing family narrative. That’s the currently popular way of publishing one’s family history. Think, Alex Haley’s Roots. Think facts placed in an historical context that includes setting, character and plot. Often families hire writers like Carmack to create these histories for them. Hooray. About time. Carry on. As a fan of...

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Mark Miller Guest Blogger: Good Stories Gifted or Stolen?

Bozeman, Montana author and friend, M Mark Miller and I have been having a discussion about good stories. Thought I’d let you listen in . . . Of course you’re welcome to borrow my tagline: “All good stories are true. Some of them contain facts.” But I must disagree with your assertion that “all good stories are stolen.”  If what you mean is that writers of good stories should expect others repeat them, then we have no quarrel....

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