Hello Dali–Life in a Vietnam Basecamp

Here’s another installment of Waiting for Westmoreland excerpts. This time in Vietnam. Next time back in the US. Maybe the opening hook–or maybe later for that. 🙂  Only a Salvador Dali painting could do justice to life at Bearcat. It was that surreal. Eating, sleeping, showering were all so different even from the austerities of […]

Victory Memorial Drive–Where I Grew Up

Last Thursday, September 21st, I posted an item commemorating the 50th anniversary of my arrival in Vietnam on Views from Eagle Peak. It’s no coincidence that the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick series about the Vietnam War began and continues on PBS overlapping that anniversary. If you haven’t yet seen it, go to the PBS […]

Scenes from Other Lives

This looks promising, to me, for at least a short story. Let me know what you think. Thanks. “I’m seeing strange things, people on a beach. They’re talking in languages I don’t understand,” Ned said. “It’s been happening to me too—right now in fact,” Jeff turned and looked down the sidewalk to a beach that […]

Attending that 50th Reunion–a Guest Blog on The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Two years ago, I attended my 50th high school reunion. I did so only after much consideration and advice from others, Yes, some may think that a bit loony–especially if you’ve seen some of the movies and TV shows lampooning such events. I posted an item about the results back then. Now, Chris Graham has […]

What Friends Are For

It’s once again time for the We Are the World Blogfest–celebrating acts of kindness and other good news that goes beyond religion and politics. Cohosts for this month are:  Simon Falk, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, and Mary J Giese. Before we get to this month’s feature, a quick reminder, John Maberry’s new […]

Download The Fountain FREE

You’ve seen it highlighted here before. Now you can download The Fountain  for FREE—these three days only: August 25, 26 and 27. It will be back to $2.99 on the 28th. Don’t miss out! See just two of the reviews that we have received so far. Read more on the Amazon page.   A great read! Says D.G. […]

When You’re Strange

Don’t you just love the Doors? But this isn’t about music, except one more passing reference. Ray Stevens would be aghast. I think the song lyrics might as well be “Everyone is strange in their own way.”  For decades now, my wife has said I’m strange. I welcome the epithet as an amusing truth. “Why Be […]

Stardust–Joni Mitchell May Have Been Right

Nearly 50 years ago Joni Mitchell sang of the famous festival of Woodstock. She said in her counterculture song of the same name, “We are stardust.” Now there are scientists who say we may indeed be made of–or at least include in our DNA, not just an inheritance from Lucy millenia ago in Africa but […]

Harley, the Blind Therapy Dog

  Yes, it’s time once again for the #WATWB monthly feature. You may have noticed my affection for dogs. This is another post about what they bring us humans. Warning: if you are sensitive, this might move you to tears–albeit not sad ones. It’s about a therapy dog that is blind, having had to have […]

The Fountain–a Kindle edition available July 10 on Amazon

Coming on Monday, July 10th–The Fountain, A seven-story fantasy and sci-fi collection of short fiction. One quarter the size of an average novel, it’s perfect for summer reading or when you have a few minutes to spare but not a couple of hours or more. Reminder: If you pre-ordered The Fountain, it will be automatically delivered to […]