Author Archives: Austin Gisriel

About Austin Gisriel

You know the guy that records a baseball game from the West Coast in July and doesn't watch it until January just to see baseball in the winter? That's me. I'm a writer always in search of a good story, baseball or otherwise.

Sophie Tucker

When last we spoke in this blog, I stated that I would return to the subject of Sophie Tucker. As I had mentioned, Sophie had been arrested for singing bawdy dance songs such as “The Grizzly Bear” and the “Angle … Continue reading

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The Devil on the Dance Floor Once More

The folks who lived 100 years ago, at least the ones who considered themselves keepers of the community standards, cast a very disapproving eye on dancing. In a January entry of this blog, I noted that the Winchester Star ran … Continue reading

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California’s Climate Change Non-Sense

Recently the Governor of California and Senator Kamala Harris posed for a photo in front of a smoky, charred background, and proclaimed that “climate change is real,” meaning that climate change contributed to the wildfires currently raging throughout the state. … Continue reading

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A Pilgrimage to Bedford

Martha and I recently visited the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, which as regular readers of this blog know, is one of our favorite places. Now that the Bedford Boys Tribute Center has opened on North Bridge Street, Bedford … Continue reading

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Basement Baseball and Book Reviews

There has been a baseball tournament of some sort or another taking place in my basement since March 23rd. The first, which I reported on in April, pitted the 1971 American League teams against one another—this is because those are … Continue reading

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To the Baltimore Orioles on Boycotting Last Night’s Game in Tampa

Yesterday afternoon, when Roch Kubatko reported that the team had voted unanimously to play last night’s game in Tampa, I took solace in the fact that my team was standing up for facts over emotions. I tuned in to watch … Continue reading

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Friends, Post Cards, and Special Nights

As you know, the Valencia Ballroom appears on the cover of Swing Time and plays a prominent role in the story. It occurred to me recently to search for old photos of the place, and sure enough, there were several … Continue reading

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Feel the Joy That Still Lingers

I would like you to take a moment about 6 o’clock this evening, maybe a little after, to pause and reflect on the fact that 75 years ago, President Harry S Truman was announcing that the war with Japan was … Continue reading

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More on Swing Time

I’m happy to say that Swing Time: A Swing Dancing, Time Warping Story has been given a warm reception since its debut, including a nice feature by Gordon Freireich of the York Daily Record that includes a couple of excellent … Continue reading

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Swing Time, A New Novella, Now Available!

As a writer, I am always encouraged when people ask, “When’s the next book coming out?” which, I’m happy to say, I’ve been asked several times recently. I’m also happy to have an answer. Swing Time: A Swing Dancing, Time … Continue reading

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