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Book Review: Tina Barry’s Mall Flower

One of the joys of reading is discovering a new author and immediately falling in love with his or her writing. Such was the case when I heard about Tina Barry’s Mall Flower. The stories and poetry in this collection are just as much visceral as they are bittersweet images and vignettes of school, broken […]

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Discovery

I love where my writing takes me. You never know the journey your going to take when you sit down and start writing. Even when you think you have everything outlined, once you start writing and your characters begin to come alive, they sometimes take you to places, real and imagined, that you hadn’t considered. […]

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Out with the old; in with the new

Nice to have known you, 2012. Welcome 2013. Well, the Mayans were wrong. We’re still here. As though any of us really thought the world was going to end. And here we are, saying goodbye to 2012 as we ring in the new year. For all those who have been regular visitors to this website/blog, I […]

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Lost Luggage, Digestive Crackers, and David Letterman

Lost Luggage, Digestive Crackers, and David Letterman   “How did you end up in Korea?” is a question that most people have asked when they learn that I have lived and worked in Korea. “I turned left at Japan,” I’ve often replied, tweaking a famous line from The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night when John Lennon […]

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And the winner is…

War Remains won two awards in the 2011 Military Writers Society of America book awards which were announced at their annual convention in Pittsburgh. The novel won Silver in the Korean War Book Award and Gold in the Fiction: Literary category. I am most grateful for both awards and the recognition from such a prestigious […]

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Military Writers Society of America Announces the 2011 book awards and Korean War Book Finalists

Military Writers Society of America Announces the 2011 book awards and Korean War Book Finalists

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The China Syndrome (1979)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FxtBJ59Jm8] I don’t remember the last time I watched The China Syndrome, but I do remember the first time I saw it at a theater across the street from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in March 1979. And today, I watched it again. The film still holds up well. Jack Lemmon was brilliant, which is a no-brainer […]

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War Remains featured in The Three Wise Monkeys

War Remains had a nice write up in The Three Monkeys, an online magazine based in Korea; look for a book review later this summer. I’ve also noticed a spike in visits to this blog in recent weeks. Nice to see more traffic here.

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Step away from Twitter (via Mary Had a Little Blog)

Great advice from my friend Mary (we went to WIU together) Newsflash: Not everyone should be on social media all of the time. In fact, there are many times when you should step away from the Twitter. Don't tweet when… You're in a bad mood. You have nothing to say. You're feeling stabby. You've been […]

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My Greatest Accomplishment of 2010

This was a tough one to call; it was a toss up between building a house in Laos and publishing my first novel. Both were major, life-defining accomplishments. Publishing my first novel, War Remains–a novel about the Korean War.

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