For want of a waffle, the script was lost

(Note to readers: I wrote this on Facebook in March 2015, but thought it would be good to share on the blog. Before I started penning novels, much of my early writing involved stage plays, especially since I acted in middle and high school.) Never let it be said that something is “lost forever,” especially…

Tale of a one-room schoolhouse screams to be told

I’ve written for as long as I can remember. Even before I got my own computer, this boy with a love for country living was creating stories in some form or fashion. For the last eight years, writing books has consumed much of my world (along with one really wonderful play, which I’ll talk about…

Booing during prayer makes Dems look classless

Common decency and respect have become endangered species. You can see it with the regular individuals in your community, but it tends to be magnified when you see it live on television. Some Democrats showed they have no respect for other people on the opening night of their national convention. When the Rev. Cynthia Hale…

Stop the bleeding and dismantle the political parties

I’ve long been dismayed at the two-party political system we have in this country. However, this latest election has me convinced that the Republicans and Democrats have both outlived their usefulness, and the existing party structure needs to be scrapped. With the Republican National Convention wrapped up and the Democratic National Convention ready to begin,…

Pokemon Go makes American society go off the deep end

America has found its latest excuse to misbehave and completely take leave of its senses. In less than a week, I think I’ve heard more about Pokemon Go than about the presidential elections. First came the flurry of Facebook posts as some of my friends practically squealed with delight about the game that’s helping to…

Seeing red about violence against those in blue

Another tragic act of violence. Another morning that America has awoken to the news that people are dead, others are mourning and many are angry. I climbed out of bed this morning, took the dog out to do his business and turned on the television to the news that snipers had opened fire on police…

The beauty of fireworks changes with every shot

Independence Day brings fireworks. With the fireworks comes the obsessive perfectionist in me. Because of the sudden appearance and disappearance, along with the various colors and shapes, no two photographs are alike. While most other people are looking up at the sky with their own two eyes, I’ve got a camera lens aimed at whatever…

Christmas in July takes new meaning when you’re an author

We’ve finished celebrating Independence Day as I write this, but yet I’m in a Christmas state of mind. Before everyone starts railing against me and telling me how Christmas is over-hyped and over-commercialized and so on, I said it’s a state of mind I’m in. I haven’t got the tree up, no mistletoe is hanging…