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The Tinman’s Heart

Man: Why do you keep watching those videos? You can’t bring them back. Woman: They were so beautiful…I’ve got to try to save them. Man: How do you propose to do that little one? Woman: I’m going back in time. I like that one…he reminds me of the Tin Man – gotta find a heart.… Continue reading The Tinman’s Heart

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God’s favor isn’t always fair…

Today I ran across a great tune by Keith Urban, God whispered your name. It reminded me that even in all of our troubles, sometimes just a little miracle can pull us through the toughest times. God's favor isn't always fair. I heard this a year ago. It's been a part of my motto. Some… Continue reading God’s favor isn’t always fair…

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The History Manifesto and Big Data

Some interesting thoughts on digital methods in History and research.

Stumbling Through the Past

Book cover of The History Manifesto The History Manifesto by Jo Guldi and David Armitage, (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

In my last post I reviewed the provocative book, The History Manifesto. Written by history academics Jo Guldi (Brown University) and David Armitage (Harvard), it is a call to historians to turn their work towards investigating long periods of history (the longue-durée) in order to address the big issues affecting humanity such as inequality and climate change. I set aside one chapter in that review for special attention. In this post I consider chapter four, ‘Big questions, big data’.

There are many ways that technology can be used by the historian The ‘Big Data’ chapter in The History Manifesto discusses the use of topic modelling tools to highlight the type of language most often used and the topics most widely discussed in the past. Guldi and Armitage also recognise the potential for digital tools to uncover…

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Dreams: A Connection to the Cosmos

I've always paid attention to my dreams. They are like motion movies, in color and sometimes very action packed. Two dreams are what gave me the outline and story concept for the Legends of Green Isle Series. They have also given me insight into problems, and in some instances a brief glance into possible future… Continue reading Dreams: A Connection to the Cosmos

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Editing and Rewriting: profiling your characters.

Writing and editing seems to be a never ending cycle of creation and destruction. I say it this way because when I first wrote "The Forgotten Spell," the first book of the series, it was over six years ago. Since then I've completed undergraduate work and am now in graduate studies at Clemson University, and my writing… Continue reading Editing and Rewriting: profiling your characters.

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The Next Chapter…

It has been an exciting week for us here in Green Isle land. The series has been added to the GMTA Publishing family, all nine books, and the contract was signed and delivered yesterday. (Six books in Legends of Green Isle and three others, which will feature a prequel story of Green Isle's beginnings.) Our wonderful… Continue reading The Next Chapter…

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Reflections of a Graduate Student – Year One.

Well the first year of graduate studies are completed. I have discovered quite a few things about graduate school. I will list my top ten as follows: 1. Having the department head as your Historiography professor the first semester is scary, especially when he looks at you during seminar with a look that says: "Why… Continue reading Reflections of a Graduate Student – Year One.

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The ending to the first semester of Graduate School.

If anyone told me twenty years ago that I would be attending graduate school in my late forties, and at Clemson University, I probably would have looked at them strange. Higher education is something you must be committed too, and ten or fifteen years ago, I didn't understand that kind of commitment. It's taken me… Continue reading The ending to the first semester of Graduate School.