Lightning Strikes Again

Traveling in time via excerpts from Waiting for Westmoreland—Vietnam, 1968/Washington, DC, 1979-1982. Any other night, I might be outside catching the breeze, smoking a joint. Or taking a nap on the balcony that ran round the ATC. Not this night. Sixty feet off the ground, the air traffic control tower at Long Thanh North shook. […]

When You’re Strange

When You’re Strange, A repost Don’t you love the Doors? But this isn’t about music, except for one more passing reference. Ray Stevens would be aghast. 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 […]

Groundhog Day—The Movie and Buddhism

Before we get to that–Saturday April 29 through Monday May 1st, are the last FREE days to download Jumped by a Deadly Cholla on Amazon. Sample here. Groundhog Day is truly one of our favorite movies.  Let me explain. We don’t watch it every year, but we did this February. For those of you (must […]

Steely Dan’s “Bodhisattva”–Things to Come

Whenever I hear it, the song sends me over the 3rd Avenue bridge in 1973 Minneapolis. Music can trigger place memories. “California Dreamin” puts me in Columbus, Georgia, walking past a music store playing the Mamas and the Papas tune. A weekend pass from nearby Ft. Benning, took me there–as does the song. But I […]

On the Road to Xuan Loc

Now and again, one should be offering excerpts from their published works. Waiting for Westmoreland is a memoir that describes how Vietnam became an essential path to my enlightenment–and true happiness. The excerpt below doesn’t really speak to that theme, but it provides a historical perspective on the time and place. It also illustrates the corruption […]

Mele Kalikamaka

Well, this hasn’t been a spectacular year for writing and publishing here. Let’s get 2022 off to a good start with this preview of an eventual Buddhist fiction series. Huh–Buddhist fiction? Hey, Christian fiction is a big genre, let’s fill the gap for Buddhists, neh? [May be a while coming, but there are lots of […]