A Veteran’s Day Tribute

Today I give a Veteran’s Day Tribute to all those who have served.  I salute all veterans—no matter where they served nor how long.  On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, hostilities ceased in the Great War.  In 1926, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution to observe the day in remembrance “with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.” November 11th became a legal holiday in 1938.  The holiday was “to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day”” After WWII and the conflict in Korea, Congress amended the bill and the holiday to honor all veterans of all wars and changed the holiday’s name to Veteran’s Day. A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’ That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.      Unknown No matter your politics, nor your views of the worthiness of a particular war, battle or conflict our veterans served all who call the United […]

Honor Our Nation’s First Responders

Today, October 28, 2019, under a resolution passed by the U.S. Senate, we honor our nation’s first responders. Thank them for the often thankless and dangerous work they do. I pray you never need them, but if you do–I pray they are available for you. This is a personal thing for me. I was never a first responder, but I’ve worked with some. More importantly, they’ve responded when I or my neighbors needed them.  Who Are First Responders? Fire, police, EMTs, paramedics, nurses, doctors, and professional and volunteer rescue workers are all first responders. According to one definition, a first responder is anyone who runs toward an emergency rather than away from it. I would modify that to read anyone who runs toward an emergency offering help to those in need. Why Honor Them? These people work a life of service. They respond to the worst moment in someone’s life. They provide physical, emotional, and medical assistance. Twenty-four hours a day. Seven days a week. Often their work takes them away from home on holidays and weekends. Their work day doesn’t always end when their shift ends. They will walk into danger to help a stranger, their fellow man. Lives depend upon […]

Are You Aiming for Their Writing Success?

These five women authors are the top five of the Best Female Novelists of All Time (adapted from Ranker)  On your road to success, you may wish to follow the path of someone who has been there. In this series of blog posts, we’ll briefly review the writing lives of these authors. When you are aiming for writing success, understanding what others’ success looked like helps.  Virginia Woolf 1882-1941 British author, Virginia Woolf, produced at least ten novels, many short stories, plays, essays, and reviews. Virginia started writing in 1900 at eight years old. Her first published piece appeared in 1915. This home schooled author wrote about artistic theory, literary history, women’s writing, and the politics of power. Her novels fall into the women’s literary fiction category.  Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible. Virginia Woolf While working on her first novel, she asked friends and relatives for advice. Thereafter, she allowed no one to see her manuscripts.  She wrote standing for a while because, like a painter, she wanted to step back from her canvas to get a better view. And she experimented with different […]