Localism—A New Way of Governing

David Brooks, the conservative columnist a the New York Times, wrote a recent column about localism called, The Localist Revolution.  Read it here:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/19/opinion/national-politics-localism-populism.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopinion&action=click&contentCollection=opinion&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=sectionfront

It caught my attention.  In the past few months, I’ve seen other books and essays about the same subject. Something is stirring out there!localism

It’s a throw-back to a hundred years ago.  Across the …

New Technology for Crime Scenes

technology for crime scenesFor years, police and forensic experts relied on cameras to record crime scenes.  Now, there’s new technology for crime scenes investigation.  I’ve seen it work—it’s exciting.  The gadget is called a Panoscan camera.  A regular film camera or your smart phone can pan a scene.  But that remains in two-dimension.  The new Panoscan camera develops a 360 degree …

Seven Reasons Why Criminal Justice System is Better

I’ve worked in the criminal justice system for almost 40 years.  The media constantly tells us how bad things are.  Rampant crime, crooked cops, biased prosecutors, and abandoned victims.  These seven reasons show why the criminal justice system is better now.crimimal justice system

1.  The level of serious violent crime dropped to a forty-year low.  Check out the FBI statistics.  …

Why You Should Check Out Hans Rosling

hans roslingRecently, I was introduced to Hans Rosling—well, he died in 2017, but I learned about his research, writing, and speaking.  I recommend you check out his work.  He’s so respected, Bill Gates has said that Rosling’s final book, Factfulness, was one of the most important books Gates has ever read.

Who is this guy?

Hans Rosling was …

Why You Should Read Rick Steves’ New Book

Everyone knows who Rick Steves is—the nerdy travel guy who goes all over Europe.  He’s got a travel TV show.  Many of you have followed his advice for trips.  He has updated an unusual type of travel book called, Travel as a Political Act.rick steves

This is a traditional travel advice book but is also a strong statement of …

How to Poison Someone—and Not Get Caught

poisonAre there times when certain people make you so mad you’d like to poison someone—and not get caught?  As a crime writer, I explore these kinds of things and other ways to kill people.  Some people think it’s an odd way to spend your time.  A couple years ago, the editors of a crime anthology invited me to …