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"War is made to take something that is not your own."
Yellow Wolf
"Others of his tribe said he was making a fool of himself for talking to a white man."
Yellow Wolf
"Fair treatment and decency towards Indians whenever he could be an advocate. For this love, he was ridiculed and isolated by many of his own white peers"
Lucullus Virgil McWhorter
Open book 01.png "Laziness—because it's easier to delete a page than research and fix it!" - Casual Observer
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The motto of the AIW is conservata veritate, which translates to "with the preserved truth".
This motto reflects the inclusionist desire to change Wikipedia only when no knowledge would be lost as a result.

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a collection of books This user is a member of the Novels WikiProject.
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the University of Iowa.
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Why I contribute[edit]

I contribute because I like to write, and editing gives me a chance to polish what I've added to the pool of knowledge. Those looking at my additions will see that I also like to dig through book databases to extract lists--sometimes the lists are all one can find on pre-internet era authors and illustrators. I think that these lists will over time become articles, simply because fans and collectors will add to them. If you build it, they will come. I guess that puts me in the Inclusionist camp.

Informal and occasionally used blog section[edit]

October 2015 Have used most of my time on Wikipedia expanding Mandolin article, adding musicians articles and most recently creating a much bigger List of mandolinists (sorted), which includes a lot of mandolinists from different countries and genres.

July 2014 Over past year have been adding musicians, especially those who play mandolin or from Philip J. Bone's book "The Guitar and Mandolin."

September 2012 Am interested in old-time country singers who made history books but not Wikipedia. Put up two, Cowan Powers and his Family Band and Roba Stanley.

January/February 2012 Following a chain that leads from my work on the Yellow Wolf article. The man who published Yellow Wolf encouraged one of the first female Native American authors and I expanded it. That lead me to look for the work that inspired her, which lead me to the publisher of that work. From there I have begun to add articles about authors she published, including Frona Eunice Wait and Albert B. Reagan.

December 2011 As of late, I am concentrating less on editing other people's work and more on adding articles and content to articles. Currently, articles on firearms have caught my attention. Worked on 1792 contract rifles, Model 1814 Common Rifle, Model 1817 Common Rifle, and the biography for Henry Deringer. Started Tough Trip Through Paradise which looks like a long-term project. That article led me to Lucullus Virgil McWhorter and I have paused to work on it (notability tag). Created an article on Yellow Wolf.

December 04, 2010 I have been working over instrument articles, centering around the article Mandore (instrument). Adding source material and researching for picture captions.

At the time of writing this, March 9, 2008, I have spent a lot of time with one article, Earth Abides, because I liked the book so much and because I saw an opportunity to add to the unwritten history. Starting on this book has so far generated 13 other articles, as I added illustrators and then the authors for other books they illustrated. It doesn't take very long to realize that you have forgotten pages you started, which is why I began this list. I want to make sure that all the pages I create have full citations, even if I have to go back through them later. I am a new editor, and can always use hints, especially as the stylebook makes such fascinating reading.

Articles started[edit]




Crime Novels[edit]

Historical Fiction[edit]


Spy and War Novels[edit]

Western Novels[edit]



Ray Stevens[edit]


Other things[edit]

Articles I have spent a great deal of time on[edit]

Articles I have worked to improve[edit]

Did you know

  1. ... that one of the luxurious model 8 mandolins of Italian luthier Luigi Embergher was purchased by Maria Feodorovna, Empress of Russia?
  2. ... that New York photographer Murray Korman was known for his portraits of strippers and socialites?
  3. ... that Justin Holland was an American classical guitarist, music pedagogue, community leader, and equal-rights activist for African-Americans?

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