None of Yours

opinion nonse of your businessIn the American west of the 1880s, men like Angus and women like Jill lived mostly unexamined lives.

Sure, there was the Old West version of social media: men jawboning at standup bars—women exchanging opinions over the pickle barrel at the general store—people […]

Deed I Do

Deed I do “Deed I do” is a quaint musical phrase and not something Angus would have ever said. Not that he didn’t do deeds; he surely did. But admitting he’d done a deed, in present tense, wasn’t his way of talking or thinking. “Deed I […]

The Greatest Spectacle in Sports

Old Indy 500 racecar My son, Tosh, and I went to Indianapolis over the Memorial Day weekend this year to see the so-called “greatest spectacle in sports,” the Indy 500. It was aptly named; it was a great spectacle and featured a new sport for […]


FoxNewsPerspectiveWriting about law and order today is pretty much the same as it was in the 1880s. Except today, more people get their news from TV than from newspapers. The narrative differs greatly depending on whether it’s written by Fox news or MSNBC.

Fox News might write […]

Mass Shootings

Angus, a federal marshal in 1880s New Mexico, knew something mass shootings. Had you been around in those days and asked him, he might have one or two mass shootings. It happened mostly when the U.S. Army came into close contact with Indians. The worst one happened on December 29, 1890 at a place called […]