I am an author, blogger and an un-apologetically patriotic American. I enjoy martial arts, shooting sports and writing. I currently live in Cary, NC with my German Shepherd named Sophie.

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Healing: A Trip To The Adirondacks Is Good For The Soul!!

 The Adirondack Park in upstate New York I had a need to take trip to upstate New York this weekend. I flew into Syracuse and drove up to Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Park. My family has a small camp (called a cabin in the South) at Raquette Lake. We built it ourselves when I…

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The Ninja: Death on a Moonless Night

A return to Flash Fiction … 500 words this time. Death on a Moonless Night. It was a dark, moonless night. The humid air lay heavy, almost suffocating those trying to sleep after the day’s long battle. A lone Union sentry, posted about twenty yards from the general’s tent, shifted his tired feet. He glanced…

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How to Correctly Celebrate Memorial Day!

What is the Significance of Memorial Day? Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States dedicated to remembering the people who died while serving in this country’s armed forces. This holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May. The date has changed in recent history. From 1868 until 1970, Memorial…

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Freedom … And Three Simple Steps to Something Free!

Freedom  And Sacrifice … And Thanks! Memorial Day Weekend Giveaway Freedom is a wonderful thing, but it is certainly not free. Memorial Day is not a day to honor Veterans who are still here although we certainly appreciate it. Instead, Memorial Day is a day to honor those who give the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of…

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Voices from the Second World War

Voices from the past for today’s children Voices from the past … from World War III … telling tales for today’s children. It looks like John Purvis over at John’s Notes came up with another little gem on his blog! I certainly would have enjoyed something like this when I was in school. I like…

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A Soldier writes: Soldiering After the Vietnam War!

A Great Story About a Professional Soldier! This is a must read book about a soldier and soldiering! I read Glyn Haynie’s first book, When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War Memoir some time ago. I enjoyed reading this second book immensely. A Soldier Returns from Vietnam For American soldiers returning home from the Vietnam…

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Stephen King is a master of the craft! While traveling to Washington, D.C. recently, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audio-book version of On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King.  I could literally hear Stephen King’s “voice” in my head as I drove to Quantico, VA and then boarded the train to…

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Great Review of Serpents Underfoot by John Purvis

A Great Review for Serpents Underfoot by blogger, John Purvis! Check out the great review of Serpents Underfoot by John Purvis on  his bog, John’s Notes!  John had some great things to see about the background and character development, and her gave me a 4.5 out of 5!  Awesome!   This novel starts with the…

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Snooker Lessons, U.S. Navy SEAL Style!

A Lesson In Snooker … SEAL Style! JD, Jimmy Stiles, and two other new BUD/S graduates caught a cab to a local beer and snooker joint for some well-deserved R&R. After a few beers, the recounting of memorable moments in their training got a little loud. Their boisterous attitude rubbed a few local boys the…

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Learning to Own Your Writing Style!

Learning to own your writing style takes some understanding … So, how do you learn to own your writing style? I recently was approached by a lady  in a local convenient store. She walked right up to me and said, “I want to tell you how much I really enjoyed reading your book, Serpents Underfoot.…