August 10, 2016

We hear a great deal these days about immigration and 'The American Dream.'  It seems appropriate now, after the events of the past few years, to place quotes around the latter term. My perspectives on both issues are influenced by personal experience.

I came to the Uni...

August 3, 2016

In "My life in a Glasgow tenement in the 1950s"  I described what it was like to be a child in a Scotstoun tenement. In 1957 we moved to a recently built part of Drumchapel, a large housing scheme on the edge of the city. It was so new that, when I first saw it, the si...

July 27, 2016

In my novel Roses of Winter set in World War 2, the characters live in tenement apartments in Scotstoun and Maryhill, neighborhoods of Glasgow, Scotland. The description of the Scotstoun location is based on  my memories of living in a Scotstoun tenement in the 1950s,...

July 26, 2016

My novel Roses of Winter, set in World War 2 Glasgow, Scotland and various theaters of the war, includes several chapters that describe the adventures of a convoy rescue ship, the Izmir. The Izmir was based on a real ship, the Zamalek. Rescue ships and the invaluable s...

July 13, 2016

Inspired by Tartan Day (April 6), which celebrates the contributions of Americans of Scottish heritage.

One of the most powerful symbols of Scotland and things Scottish, is the thistle. Every Scot has heard some variation of the story about the enemy that were creeping...

December 30, 2015

I hear that the old traditional ways of celebrating New Year are in decline. During my younger years, New Year was a very important holiday, a time when the extended family would congregate at my grandparent’s house and exchange presents.

We children were allowed to st...

December 22, 2015

I typed this on an IPad 2 using a keyboard connected via bluetooth. It makes one reflect on the changes in technology that have occurred in the space of six decades.

The world that I inhabited as a child was devoid of almost all the technology we now take for granted. T...

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