The Smartest Dumb Guy in the World

As a person who has lived five decades, I often lament the fact that I am not as smart as I knew I was when I was a teenager. Today I understand that I am not the brightest tool in the drawer. It took years of experience to undertand the limitations of my intellect....

Steak for Mother’s Day

Best to cook it low and slow. Tonight is Mother’s Day. I know it really fell two days ago on the calendar, and I assure you I am not making it up because I forgot it. The dining establishment where the three mothers in my daily life—the mother of my wife (her...

I Cannot Imagine Not Reading

My mother taught me to read early, before kindergarten. There is not a memory that I possess where I am not able to read. When I was seven or eight years old, we went camping with my maternal grandparents. In a picture, I am wearing Popeye pajamas, sleeping in a...

Chadwick Boseman Will Be Missed

I am going to miss seeing Chadwick Boseman acting in movies. The movie 21 Bridges came out on Netflix yesterday, and I had to see it again. I saw it back at the tail end of 2019 when it graced the theater screens. Loved it then, and I loved it on the rewatch. Boseman...

I Like It Frosty

Northwest Arkansas has been blanketed by snow (actually, tiny little ice pellets that resemble snow). Many people panicked. Some still are, hiding away in their homes in front of the heating vents or fireplace. And they should stay there. Many of the people that I saw...

The Real Jack Reacher

I typically read science fiction, fantasy, and horror. But every now and then, I like to throw a fast-paced thriller into the mix. My favorites are the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child and the Sigma Force series by James Rollins. Killing Floor by Lee Child and...

Writing Update 28 January 2022

The writing plate is not any less full this week than it was last week. Some exciting news has come out though: I have a spooky story included in The Vault of Terror: Tales to Tell, Volume 4 edited by Del Garrett and released by Raven’s Inn Press this month. You...

Navy Brat Life

My father served in the US Navy for 20 years, reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Some of my most enjoyable moments experienced as a child took place while my father served. I enjoyed the adventure of moving to new places. Learning new things and experiencing...

Writing Update 21 January 2022

My plate is full. In fact, I am probably spreading myself too thin in my writing, and that very likely may be preventing me from getting stuff completed on a more regular basis. Here are the status updates on some my current projects: I released an e-book last month...

The Expanse Is Over…or Is It?

Back in 2011, I kept seeing this book called Leviathan Wakes at my local Barnes and Noble store. I would pick it up and thumb through it. I thought it looked like something I would want to try out. But I never did. Then Caliban’s War came out the next year....