Starting High School

Starting High School In San Francisco, it’s the summer of love, Long haired hippies, peace signs and doves. In Viet-Nam the soldiers are dying, Back home their families are crying, And Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play. Jim wants to “Light My Fire,” While Grace’s rabbit only flies higher. The evening news shows the… Continue reading Starting High School

Bob Dylan Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

The singer and songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on today for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” in the words of the Swedish Academy. He is the first American to win since the novelist Toni Morrison, in 1993. In a 2013 Op-Ed Essay in the… Continue reading Bob Dylan Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

I am a Military Brat

What is a military brat? A military brat is the son or daughter of an airman, marine, sailor, or soldier. These children of career military have common characteristics. They grew up in a community of service. Sacrificing for the greater good is part of their character. They moved on average once every three years to… Continue reading I am a Military Brat

Exciting and Sad

I live in the Dallas Fort Worth metropolitan area of north Texas. The area includes 12 counties, over 9,000 square miles (larger than the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined), with just fewer than 7,000,000 million people, it is the fourth largest metro area in the USA. Only the New York, Los Angeles, and… Continue reading Exciting and Sad

The Muse, Transformational Grammar, and Writing

Have you ever had a muse, or a muse-like experience where you felt so passionate, or “taken over” by a creative spirit or compulsion to express and create? This is more than just “in the zone” … it’s almost as if someone or something takes over and writes for you. Four examples of a muse… Continue reading The Muse, Transformational Grammar, and Writing

Short Story: Prairie Dogs’ Helmets

I was notified this week my 5900 word short story “Prairie Dogs’ Helmets” received final acceptance from “Bewildering Stories”. It is on their publication schedule.

Not a Gentleman’s War – An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War

“Not a Gentleman’s War: An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War” is the story of the 5,069 junior officers who died in Vietnam as well as the ones who survived. We are reminded all officers had volunteered to lead men in battle. Based on Ron Milam’s detailed and thorough research, “Not a… Continue reading Not a Gentleman’s War – An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War

Review: Papa John – An Autobiography: A Music Legend’s Shattering Journey Though Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Return with me to those glorious days of the 1960’s when we transitioned from folk music to folk rock. You will enjoy this book if you like a brutally honest account of the seedy side of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. John Phillips was driven, hugely talented, lucky, and a beast in terms of… Continue reading Review: Papa John – An Autobiography: A Music Legend’s Shattering Journey Though Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

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

Poem: Ode to 1965 to 1974

Ode to 1965 to 1974 She dreamed of changing the world. Went roller skating on Friday night. Desperately wanted a boyfriend And friends who cared That always treated you right. Saturday nights double-dating At the drive-in movie theater. Sunday mornings in church And attending Sunday school. Then come Monday morning Back at school not knowing… Continue reading Poem: Ode to 1965 to 1974