People are so helpful. People will stop what they're doing to show you something, to walk with you through a section of the town, or explain how a suspension bridge really works.
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.
There's an awful temptation to just keep on researching. There comes a point where you just have to stop, and start writing.
I work very hard on the writing, writing and rewriting and trying to weed out the lumber.
I just thank my father and mother, my lucky stars, that I had the advantage of an education in the humanities.