There we were, listening to Thomas Jefferson (seen here in a download from the Colonial Williamsburg website) and Patrick Henry debate the merits of funding religion and religious leaders from a special tax levied by the state of Virginia.  No, we aren’t time travelers.  We were watching the fabulous re-enactors of Colonial Williamsburg here at Chautauqua…

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This past week I had the good fortune to teach Writing the Mystery Novel here at Chautauqua Institution in Western New York.  I really wasn’t sure how many students would sign up.  The offerings here are many, and this was fairly specialized.  But the perfect number of students arrived, and we commandeered a room that…

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Full disclosure.  This is not MY porch.  In fact this porch belongs to the president of Chautauqua Institution, here in Chautauqua, New York.  The little cottage I’m renting this month has a porch, too, although not nearly as scenic.  In fact almost every house on the grounds has one, close to the street and easily accessible to…

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Those of you following my blog know I’m spending some time this summer at one of my favorite places, Chautauqua Institution in Western New York.  Chautauqua is unique in many ways.  The grounds are both historic and lovely, the lake it sits on is picture perfect.  And in addition to the usual summertime pursuits, Chautauqua…

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