Yearly Archives: 2016

I’m not sure how he did it, but the late Michael Crichton supposedly wrote 10,000 words a day, which is the equivalent of about 40 pages. His keyboard must have been on fire by day’s end. But don’t be discouraged by such examples of insane productivity. His output is pretty...
You may recall the classic VeggieTales video, Rack, Shack, and Benny, where the scheming zucchini, Nezzer, sings the infamous “Bunny Song.” Who can forget the lyrics, which talked about not wanting healthy food and loving the bunny, but not their dads or moms? In the VeggieTales version of the story,...

Safe at Home

With a portrait of Abraham Lincoln looking on, Jackie Robinson sat at the mahogany desk across from Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team. “Do you know why you were brought here?” Rickey asked Robinson, according to Arnold Rampersad’s book, Jackie Robinson: A Biography. “To play on a...
Whenever I see somebody writing in a noisy coffee shop, tapping away on a laptop, I wonder how in the world they can concentrate with all of the racket surrounding them. For me, the two major requirements for writing are quiet and no interruptions. In a crowded coffee shop,...
My latest book, Of Moose and Men, has gone into its second printing three months after rolling off the press, my publisher, Harvest House, recently reported. I co-wrote Of Moose and Men with Torry Martin, a big red-headed ex-hippie from Tennessee, and one of the most colorful people you'll ever meet....
Two Irish lads, Jim Quinn and Paddy Flanagan, were digging around in a potato field in 1878 when they struck silver. They dug up a hoard of stunning metalwork dating back to the 7th or 8th centuries—a treasure trove that included the famous Chalice of Ardagh. My wife and I...
I like the way that NPR begins its report on a major new archaeological discovery: "There's no denying the Philistines have taken some guff over the past, well, thousands of years. After all, they're one of the Hebrew Bible's most infamous villains, seed of both Delilah's treachery and Goliath's menace...
"If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate," businessman Thomas J.Watson once said. James R. McClintock, Baxter Watson, and Horace Hunley certainly had their share of failures as they pioneered the creation of submarines during the Civil War. They teamed up to create two of the...
There's much more to Saint Patrick than shamrocks, green hills, and snakes. His real tale is a pirate story because Patrick first came to Ireland when he was captured by Irish pirates just before his 16th birthday. Learn the real story behind Saint Patrick in our latest History by the...
Frederick Douglass, the famed orator and abolitionist, saw his life change in one afternoon in 1833. Learn about his incredible battle with an overseer--a struggle that changed a slave into a man, he said. Click on the link below, and you can watch our second "History by the Slice" video,...