Sometimes life takes some twists and turns. This summer promises to be one of those times. I've already three projects in the making.
- One is continuing my posting Detroit newspaper articles about Michigan's "Fighting 5th" Civil War Infantry at the same pace as relatives saw them 150 years ago when searching for news of their family in the "Fighting Fifth." I became particularly interested in this regiment through my reenactment of
- twists and turns I mentioned in the opening of this article. For now I have a very important personal project in my life accompanying the others mentioned here. I hope to post more about it later at its successful conclusion. (How's that for a storyteller leaving you in suspense?...well I am in suspense, too.)
- The projects mentioned above take me out of my usual work of sharing stories with an audience. My own library of folklore includes so many books within the Public Domain I decided to share stories from them. I was going to try for a story a day, but quickly realized it might prove difficult for me to maintain. Instead I've chosen bi-weekly posting. Normally I try for monthly posting of a research project here so I don't overwhelm readers. In this case that would clearly be too few. Starting tomorrow I will post stories twice a week here under the category, "Keeping the Public in Public Domain." The idea behind Public Domain was to preserve our cultural heritage after the authors and their immediate heirs were compensated. I feel strongly current copyright law delays this intent on works of the 20th century. I hope you enjoy discovering new stories.