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My Letter to Portland Mayor Tom Wheeler

I emailed this letter to Portland Mayor Tom Wheeler Dear Mayor Wheeler, Like millions of Americans, I am shocked by the violence of Antifa in Portland, Oregon. In particular, I am horrified at the assault on journalist Andy Ngo. But the trouble in Portland has been going on for a while. My husband and I […]

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Returning to Source and Writing Again

Write again, they are telling me. You must write, Traci.  It’s the new theme: writing again. The past twelve months have been excruciating. I am struggling. It’s been a year of comings and goings from my life; intermittency like a suddenly thrown grenade blew up my peace of mind. It has been a year of […]

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Citizenfour: The Most Important Movie You Will Ever See

I recently finished a WWII novel, and I’m still researching the era for another, very different novel set during the same time period. Since one of my closest friends is a Bavarian woman whom I know to be a person of integrity, heart, courage, compassion, and grace, I was curious: how did the NSDAP come […]

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Supporting Sam Harris

I took a year of Arabic as an undergraduate at Yale. Along with the language, we also discussed the culture of the Arab world. This was the mid-80’s, so liberal sanctimony didn’t have quite the stranglehold on conversation that it now exerts–even at Yale. We were allowed to discuss things like the terrible oppression and […]

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On Dealing with Mental Illness

My husband Sabin met Robin Williams in the lobby of our building. Sabin came away with respect for the comic. “He’s down-to-earth, a nice guy,” Sabin approved. These are rare words of praise from my laconic husband, who seldom dispenses compliments and who is impressed only by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti. Robin William’s […]

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BROKEN: Power is pornographic

Among the myriad ways to categorize people is one I have developed over the course of my life. It has to do with the paradigm a person subscribes to. That is, is this person about power or is he or she about freedom? I have found that people usually fall into one of those two […]

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Email Harassment and Criminal Behavior

A post about the horror of Email Harassment. I guess sometimes I’m kind of a naive person. Sometimes I trust when I shouldn’t. So I got involved with someone who is psychotic, and it took me several months to see it. I took someone on to help them. There were warning signs along the way: […]

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TicToc: Far Shore, Book Three of the After Series by Traci Slatton

TicToc: Far Shore, Book Three of the After Series by Traci…: Posted First on Blog Critics as Book Review: ‘Far Shore’ by Traci L. Slatton.  ‘The heart wants what the heart wants’ seems like such a redundancy. Yet there is that simple truth to the adage where there often seems to be no real choice […]

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Latest HuffPo Blog Post: THE PROBLEM WITH THE FRANK GEHRY MEMORIAL

Wednesday it was announced that a federal commission charged with building a national monument honoring President Eisenhower voted unanimously to approve elderly architect Frank Gehry’s latest design for the monument. I wrote, in part: Notice, also, that this post is entitled, “The Problem with the Frank Gehry Memorial.” Because to examine the plans for the […]

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Prayer for the families of victims in Newtown, CT

May God grant you peace as you face a loss that makes other people shake with fear. May you be blessed with joy of memory, so that you see the faces of your dear ones as they laughed and played, joked and teased; so that you hear their voices soft with tender connection; so that […]

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My New Post on the HuffPo: The Bleak Necessity of the Dachau Tour

Business in Milan with my Italian publisher, Marco Tropea Editore, afforded me a timely opportunity to take a train into Bavaria. I’m working on a new novel set in Munich and Berlin during the Second World War. For detail and realism, I need to experience a place. Reading books, listening to on-line lectures, and watching […]

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Traci L. Slatton is the international bestselling author of historical, paranormal, and romantic novels.