Review: Chronicles, Volume One

I received this book from my son Kristopher for Christmas way back in 2004. The book is a lot like Bob Dylan … different and genius. We start in 1961. We witness some history in him signing his first record contract. It is an odd memoir that is as inspired, impulsive, and to a degree as… Continue reading Review: Chronicles, Volume One

Poem: An Army Dad

An Army Dad Once he lived at Fort Lewis Washington. It was mostly cloudy, cool, and rainy. Through his window was Mount Rainer. With a snow capped top all year around. Young soldiers came into the army, And in the morning they would be running. You could hear the sergeant calling cadence, Troops with antiphonal… Continue reading Poem: An Army Dad

Writer’s Life: Thinking and Liberal Arts Curriculum

Albert Einstein said, “The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks. “My undergraduate education is a liberal arts education. My major was history and my minors were English and military science.… Continue reading Writer’s Life: Thinking and Liberal Arts Curriculum

Devotional: Proverbs 21 and God’s Sovereignty

In my Bible reading this morning I read Proverbs 21. Proverbs 21 verse 1 immediately caught my attention. I meditated and reflected on the implications of Proverbs 21:1.  I read the verse in several different translations. It often times helps me secure the meaning of the verse. Proverbs 21:1 deals directly with the attribute of… Continue reading Devotional: Proverbs 21 and God’s Sovereignty

Devotional: Proverbs 20 and The Sin of Pride

Proverbs 20 greeted me this morning as I had my morning devotional and a cup of coffee. Solomon’s wise sayings in Proverbs 20 teach about: how drinking too much wine isn’t wise, respecting authority, the need to work and not be lazy, walking in integrity, respecting parents, honesty in business practices, the value of a… Continue reading Devotional: Proverbs 20 and The Sin of Pride

Writer’s Life: The Personal Nature of a Rejection

You’ve heard it all before … never take a rejection personally … send out that manuscript (poem, story) to another market and keep on keeping on when you get the rejection. We’re constantly told by day job co-workers, family and friends that less than one percent of all writers “make-it”. “Make it” is defined as… Continue reading Writer’s Life: The Personal Nature of a Rejection

Sacrifice On the Steppe: The Italian Alpine Corps in the Stalingrad Campaign, 1942-1943

As a lifelong history buff, military history enthusiast, former US Army officer and holder of a BA degree in history, I find myself pleasantly surprised from time to  time when I encounter a book that fills a void in my historical education. “Sacrifice On The Steppe: The Italian Alpine Corps in the Stalingrad Campaign, 1942-1943”… Continue reading Sacrifice On the Steppe: The Italian Alpine Corps in the Stalingrad Campaign, 1942-1943

Interview: Author Susan Elaine Jenkins (Scandalon: Running From Shame and Finding God’s Scandalous Love)

I recently conducted an interview with author Susan Elaine Jenkins. Susan grew up in California as a PK, (“Preacher’s Kid.”) The eldest of three children in a parsonage gave her an early passion for knowing the Lord and studying the Scriptures. She was also given a unique view into what goes into church life behind… Continue reading Interview: Author Susan Elaine Jenkins (Scandalon: Running From Shame and Finding God’s Scandalous Love)

Voices of the Bulge: Untold Stories from Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge by Michael Collins and Martin King

Oral histories are fashionable these days. When the oral history is tied to a battle or events that have been reported on repeatedly it is a challenge. “Voices of the Bulge: Untold Stories from Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge” by Michael Collins and Martin King is a book where the writers have used… Continue reading Voices of the Bulge: Untold Stories from Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge by Michael Collins and Martin King