“A Plague on your Houses”

"A PLAGUE ON YOUR HOUSES"  That was William Shakespeare in his play, "Romeo and Juliet," written in 1592.  [Act 3, Scene 1].   Appropriate at this time of our pandemic. For Europe had, by Shakespeare's writing, already suffered two hundred years of the Black Death!  Let's investigate. The "Plague" is caused by a lowly bacterium, one [...]

SURROUNDING: Mammoth Cave!

Introduction This is a journey log.  One of culture, history, and scientific exploration.  A recognition that, when we focus on the significant, we often ignore the peripheral things of interest.  And there is much to learn about in those places. I love Kentucky, its people, its culture, and its landforms.  And I love the fact [...]

Dawn of Dusk- Three One Act Plays!

The Dawn of Dusk is a creative combination of the “fiction science” and magic realism of Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr. and a lifetime of theatrical production on stages all over the country in Jack Wann. The three plays in this volume transform performance spaces into other worlds, often surreal, but always provocative and exciting. [...]

Praise for Mister Doctor Henning!

PRAISE FOR MISTER DOCTOR HENNING   A Washington D.C. Lawyer:   "My jaw is still dropped. It was fantastic! I have my seat belt fastened, and I am ready for the rest of the ride... I know authors are supposed to let their writings speak for themselves, but one of the things I find remarkable [...]

George Washington’s Slaves

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SLAVES            He inherited his first humans when his father died.  Ten slaves.  He was eleven.  That was in 1743. And he wasn't living in Mt. Vernon then.  That would come later.  Mt. Vernon was his stepbrother's place.  He was living with his mother near Fredericksburg, near the geographic [...]