Reading to Spark the Flame

Posted On Jan 5 2014 by

I remember walking home from the bookmobile one spring day in 1980. I had three novels stacked in my arms, one of which was a one volume set of When Worlds Collide and After Worlds Collide. Indeed, I was heavy laden. My best friend and fellow Navy Brat, Doug Stephenson, saw me coming and said, “You’re going to read those for fun?” Despite my odd behavior, Doug and I remained friends until my dad was transferred. Such was my childhood. My happiest moments were those where I was surrounded by books. The musty library at the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station …


A “Crappy” Week

Posted On Dec 15 2013 by

It’s been what you’d call a pretty crappy weekend. With a sick kid and a broken vehicle, the week was already off to a bad start. But I’d taken Friday off to do my annual Dad’s Christmas Shopping Day. This is when I go shopping for my wife and find things for the kids that no mother would ever dream appropriate. When I got home Thursday afteronoon, Kelly was out dealing with my son’s car. I was angry with the dog, Copper, because he’d kept us up half the night again whining in his kennel. I decided I would walk …


Read for your Life

Posted On Dec 8 2013 by

One of the things I find fascinating about classic fiction, especially dystopian, is that it’s often a very accurate predictor of our current state of affairs. The rejection of capitalism in Atlas Shrugged. The Ministry of Truth in1984. The complete immersion into television and non-stop flow of entertainment and information in Fahrenheit 451. These authors, and many others, saw something coming that others did not. I wonder if they hoped to awaken a few of their fellow humans from their apathetic haze or were just telling stories and hoping for good book sales. Regardless, I cannot help but notice most …


I, Writer

Posted On Nov 24 2013 by

I’m trying to get used to the idea of identifying myself as a writer. You see, men don’t identify with a profession unless they’re actually getting paid for it. I suppose, technically, I do get paid for my part time gigs. But the fiction is still at hobby status. I know society wasn’t always this way. We once had these things called “apprentaces,” who worked for room and board at most, receiving in exchange some great on the job training. When you think about it, though, many self-employed professionals probably worked for free at the beginning of their careers. A …


Rebirth of a Nation

Posted On Nov 17 2013 by

As I wrap up the final, final edit of my mystery novel and set off on a new venture into the world of the dystopian (though I prefer the term pre-last days), I find myself wondering if nations are ever given second chances by our Creator. It seems to me that each of the world’s predominant nations has endured long cycles of prosperity and poverty. Government have gone from defending the people to using them as resources to fund their own utopian fantasies. But even that isn’t quite fair. There are no utopias on Earth. There are no truly free …


Time for Love

Posted On Nov 10 2013 by

Today is my 23rd marriage anniversary. Feel free to send me your congratulations and a nice note to my wife with a Better luck next time! I feel qualified, then, to pen a few words on marriage and love. Remember in the book of Exodus how the Israelites fell immediately in love with the God who saved them out of slavery inEgypt? Neither do I. In fact, the next couple thousand years would be a continuous struggle, mostly on God’s part, to show the Jews that He was their one true love. He used a long line of prophets, kings, …