Ten Thoughts on Encouraging Others

Here are ten thoughts I use to encourage others: 1. Show real interest in the person. Listen to what they are saying. Be interested in what is happening in their life. Let them know you care. 2. Concede what’s important to them.  When you acknowledge what’s important to others, you offer a form of verification… Continue reading Ten Thoughts on Encouraging Others

We Never Lived In the Now

I wrote the below poem several years ago. I wrote it after listening to my parents and their friends discussing their dreams, what they hoped to do “someday.” All the men and women were in their late 70s to early 90s in age as they discussed their bucket lists and the future. If you have… Continue reading We Never Lived In the Now

The Joy of Attending New Schools

Attending new schools was one of the great things about growing up as a military brat. I attended the first half of the first grade at Glendale Elementary in Glendale, Arizona. Early in the second semester I transfer to Luke Air Force Base Elementary School on Luke AFB, Glendale, Arizona. I also attend grades two,… Continue reading The Joy of Attending New Schools

Sun Tea

Making Sun Tea was a fun way for this military brat to enjoy the hot summers of the Phoenix, Arizona. I lived at Luke Air Force Base, in the Valley of the Sun from 1958 to 1963. We also made Sun Tea in Seguin, Texas during 1963 – 1964 and El Paso, Texas 1964 –… Continue reading Sun Tea

Lessons Learned From a Cat

I love cats. Every time it is stormy or rains my cat becomes a scared cat. She could hear the rain hitting the roof and windows this morning. She came running to my arms. About a year ago I had a call from my nearly ninety years old dad. He’s a cat lover and owner… Continue reading Lessons Learned From a Cat

The Campaigns for Vicksburg, 1862-63: Leadership Lessons by Kevin Dougherty

Five stars plus! I loved reading this amazing book by Kevin Dougherty. “The Campaigns for Vicksburg, 1862-63: Leadership Lessons” is too good for a book to be relegated to just another history of Vicksburg. Bookstores should not limit the book to an assignment in the military history section. It deserves a prominent place in the… Continue reading The Campaigns for Vicksburg, 1862-63: Leadership Lessons by Kevin Dougherty

Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese

From 1958 to 1963 I called the Phoenix, Arizona area home. Well, I lived in Glendale from 1958 to 1960 and on Luke Air Force Base from 1960 to 1963. The Phoenix area hosted Major League Baseball’s Cactus League every spring. Named for the cactus that was everywhere in the Arizona desert, in 1963 the… Continue reading Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese

Never Too Old to Have Goals or Dreams

“The world stands aside,” said David Jordan, “to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.” Having a goal or dream applies to those, who learn where they are going late in life as well as for the young. At age 40, James Michener published his first book. He authored more than 50 titles… Continue reading Never Too Old to Have Goals or Dreams

Is Johnny Crawford from The Rifleman in Your Company? by Jimmie Aaron Kepler

Remembering the events of my seventh-grade year at Ben Milam School at Biggs Air Force Base in El Paso, Texas inspired this poem. On the six o’clock evening news one night the announcer did a story that the actor Johnny Crawford from the hit television show “The Rifleman” had been drafted. He had reported to… Continue reading Is Johnny Crawford from The Rifleman in Your Company? by Jimmie Aaron Kepler

Rewind: My First Pro Writing Sale

Remembering Today I was sitting back and reflecting on the writer’s life. It got me to thinking. How did I get my first professional magazine article sale? How did I get the first book review? Go ahead refill your coffee cup, then take a seat in your favorite overstuffed recliner and I’ll share my story. Learning… Continue reading Rewind: My First Pro Writing Sale