White Heat – The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson

He had seen men enslaved, and seen death in battle on a terrible scale. So when a young, unknown poet named Emily Dickinson wrote to ask whether he thought her verse was “alive”, Thomas Wentworth Higginson – a critic for The Atlantic Monthly and a decorated Union veteran – knew he was seeing poetry that… Continue reading White Heat – The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson

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Remembering General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

I am remembering General H. Norman Schwarzkopf by republishing a review I did a number of years ago of his autobiography.  I first read this book in 1995. I have read it once since. “It Doesn’t Take a Hero” by H. Norman Schwarzkopf takes its title from a quote Schwarzkopf gave during an interview with Barbara… Continue reading Remembering General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

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My Writer’s Group

One way a writer can improve his odds of traditional publication is having an established writer as a mentor. Writing groups can also encourage and mentor. Let me share an example of the influence a mentor. In 1919 a young veteran returned from World War I. He moved to Chicago moving into a certain neighborhood… Continue reading My Writer’s Group

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Merry Christmas

It’s Tuesday, December 25, 2012. It is Christmas Day. Today is the birthday of my Uncle Vernon May, Val Harper Chatham (member of my Bible fellowship class and friend Jerry’s wife), and Viktoria Tori (RN and friend). It is 45 degrees F at 5:30 AM. A line of thunderstorms moved through DeSoto, Texas at 1:40… Continue reading Merry Christmas

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Devotional: Joy to the World

The words and lyrics of the old Christmas carol ‘Joy to the World’ were written in 1719 by Isaac Watts (1674-1748). Joy to the World is a popular Christmas carol which is based on Psalm 98 in the Bible. The father of John Watts was a Non-conformist and so extreme were his views that he… Continue reading Devotional: Joy to the World

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A Visit from St. Nicholas

It’s Sunday, December 23, 2012. On this date in 1823 the Troy Sentinel (a New York state newspaper) published the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas”. A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clark Moore ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings… Continue reading A Visit from St. Nicholas

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Essay: What if the world ends on Friday? Are you ready. I am. Here’s my story …

What if the world ends on Friday? Are you ready. I am. Here’s my story … On July 11, 1977 my life changed. If you look up that date in history, you will find nothing historically significant happened on that Sunday. It was historically significant to me. That day was the watershed event in my… Continue reading Essay: What if the world ends on Friday? Are you ready. I am. Here’s my story …

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