Mugshots: Faces of Minor Crimes

This is a little outside of Old Spirituals’ usual scope, but I thought you might enjoy the stories of two career petty criminals in Montana. Looking over the changes from one mugshot to the next reminded me somewhat of the Faces of Meth photo collages that float around on the Internet. If you haven’t seen those,…

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The Poisoned Glass: eBook Giveaway !

Very excited to share that GoodReads is going to host an eBook giveaway contest of my book, The Poisoned Glass. Before I give you the details, I want to thank everyone who has written a review for the book. It’s hard to overestimate how important Amazon reviews are to a book’s success. I really appreciate all…

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“Circus Freaks” and Transcending Indignities

If you lived in the country or in a small town in 1900, visiting the circus would be something you remembered for the rest of your life. For most people, it was a once-in-a-lifetime treat. The physical strain and rough living conditions of a farm or a mining camp were part of a brutal life, along…

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