Author Archives: Dale Dulaney

A British journalist provides a unique look at the Civil War


Bodies at the Dunker Church in Antietam, Maryland, September 1862. The battle of Antietam was the bloodiest single-day battle in US history, and Dunker Church was the focus of Union attacks against the Confederates. In 1921, a storm destroyed the church, but it was rebuilt for the 100th anniversary of the battle in 1962. Archive photograph by Alexander Gardner/Library of Congress

Interactive project provides a “then and now” look at key war locations.


How will we view Atticus now?

Author Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” published in 1960, won the Pulitzer Prize and became a classic for high school and college reading assignments. While the novel dealt with book coversviolence and racial equality, its protagonist, a lawyer named Atticus Finch, was a hero, an example of integrity. The book sold more than 40 million copies.

Now, “Go Set a Watchman,” a book Lee wrote before “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but which was only published this week, presents Atticus as a racist. In “Watchman,” Atticus, now 72, becomes more of a human reflection of his time than an icon.

You decide. Check out the Wall Street Journal’s article (linked below):

Harper Lee’s Father, Inspiration for Atticus Finch, Changed His Views on Segregation

Read the first chapter of “Go Set a Watchman”:

Harper Lee

Harper Lee in 1960

Traveling Ideas — to use for real, or at leisure

Whether you want to go outdoors – for real or by armchair – the digital literature in the area’s libraries and on the web make the experience better than ever. You can find out anything you want to know….just search.
Anyone with access to Virginia Western Community College’s Brown Library can download such titles as: Paddling Wisconsin: A Guide to the State’s Best Paddling Routes; Best easy day hikes, Rocky Mountain National Park; Day Hikes Around Los Angeles : 160 Great Hikes, and Great Smoky Mountains Adventure Guide (and many, many more.)
Public library patrons also have access to travel guides for most anywhere, and if you are inclined to want to bike or hike, these websites are rich resources:
Virginia Creeper Trail
Virginia Bicycling Federation’s

Or, go with Homer
Just want to travel from an easy chair? Check out VWCC Brown Library’s “A travel guide to homer1Homer: on the trail of Odysseus through Turkey and the Mediterranean” by John Freely. This book is described as a “captivating traveller’s guide to Homer’s lost world and to his epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, investigating where such places as the Land of the Lotus Eaters are and what it was about the landscapes of Greece and Turkey that so inspired Homer.” Could be an appealing way to reread — or read for the first time – those writings.