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My Backstory

My Backstory

When I was ten I wanted to be an archaeologist. I’m not sure if it was the idea of climbing through ancient ruins or the thought of making a world-shaking discovery that became my carrot; whichever it was, it didn’t happen. Instead I fell in love with words and went on to become a writer.

Going Whaling – Practicing the Craft

Going Whaling – Practicing the Craft

Three paragraphs of a piece on the 19th century whaling trade. “So be cheery, my lads, let your hearts never fail, While the bold harpooner is striking the whale.” old Nantucket song George Dodge was born with saltwater in his veins. Growing up in Salem, Massachusetts, this son of the sea wandered the wharves, captivated by seamen’s tales of faraway lands. In 1831, he left home and headed for Nantucket, center of the New England whaling trade. On his arrival,…

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