When I was a kid I used to….get lost in the stories that were part of the history class. I never thought of them as history, but of tales of great events and the action that was talked about became movies in my mind. This fascination with history continued throughout my educational experiences. As strange as it may seem, history became even more important after I retired from teaching and started writing historical novels I found that the more I wrote the more I needed to know. If you are a person who loves history and exchanging stories lets get together I particularly like the west and the civil war period, but find that everyday I learn more from exchanging thoughts and experiences.