About Jim Stovall

Jim Stovall, a retired journalism prof, is now a novelist, self publisher, watercolorist, gardener, woodworker and beekeeper -- among others things.
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Smithsonian Institution’s name and unusual founding

The Smithsonian Institution did not start out as the “nation’s attic.” It began as the storage house for the relics and collections of a British scientist whose connection with the United States is unclear. James Smithson was born in Paris in 1765, the illegitimate son of an English duke. He obtained British citizenship but traveled […]

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Treatment for eclipse fever; a free cozy; and don’t forget to forward this email

This newsletter was sent to subscribers to Jim’s email list on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.   It’s been a busy week here in East Tennessee. James Callan: Cleansed by Fire One of the independent authors I work with, James Callan, has made an offer especially for those (such as you) on my email list. He’s offering […]

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The Newspaperman: A poem from the 1880s

In doing some research in 19th century newspapers recently, I found this clever little poem: THE NEWSPAPER MAN Little they know. or even think, Of the work there is in shedding Ink By the busy wielders of pencil and pen, Generally known as newspaper men. “Jottings,” “In General,” “Spice of Life,” “Variations,” and rumors rife, […]

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The Writing Wright as a free download; more great giveaways with lots of FREE books

Below is Jim’s email newsletter sent out on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 The work week is coming to an end, and I hope this first weekend in August offers fun, excitement, and relaxation. Giveaways The Prolific Reader Mystery giveaway. This is a terrific giveaway with lots of books in lots of different genres. They’re all free, […]

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Philip Yancey on reading and building a ‘fortress of habits’

Read. Think. Meditate/Pray. Listen. Who among us does enough of these vital activities? Who has the time? Who has the power to turn away from our Facebook feeds, tweets and texts, television ads, sidebars and come-ons — even our Distractor-in-Chief — to do the things we know would nourish us emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually? Religious […]

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The free stuff; win a beautiful hand-turned, wooden pen

This newsletter was sent to everyone on Jim’s email list (1,722 recipients) on Friday, July 28, 2017. Hi there, I always like to start with the giveaways — the free stuff: Giveaways Kill the Quarterback is part of a couple of giveaways that I told you about last week, and those are continuing now. You will want to […]

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Another passing: the NYT copy desk

The copy desk saved me — more than once. In old-times newspaper terms, the copy desk in a newspaper’s newsroom was a horseshoe shaped table around which sat a number of editors who read what reporters wrote. On the other side of the table in the “slot” was the chief copy editor who handed out […]

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Forward the newsletter email and get a chance to win a beautiful, hand-turned wooden pen

Forward Jim’s newsletter (and include Jim’s email in the forwarding list), and you will have a chance to win a beautiful, hand-turned pen made by the author himself. The more times your forward the newsletter, the more chances you have to win.

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Clear thinking, clear writing – and words relevant for today

For a long time we have gone along with some well-tested principles of conduct: that it was better to tell the truth than falsehoods; that a half-truth was no truth at all; that duties were older than and as fundamental as rights; that, as Justice Holmes put it, the mode by which the inevitable came […]

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Time for book shopping – without spending any money; 5 volumes of Civil War combat art

This newsletter went out to my email list on Friday, July 21, 2017. Hi there, I hope that this week has been a good one for you. Giveaways We were a little thin on giveaways last week. Not so this week. Kill the Quarterback is part of a couple of giveaways that you will want to check […]

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