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The End is Near

After almost two years of writing, revising, editing, and doing it all over again, my latest novel, The Panama Affair will soon see the light of day. It’s been quite the journey. In fact, this novel originally started out as a screenplay in the spring of 1980, just a few months before I got out of […]

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The Panama Novel eclipses 60,000 words and counting

Today I reached another milestone: 60,000 words completed for the Panama novel. Realistically speaking, this novel will most likely end up being around 65,000-70,000 words depending on the final chapters. This photograph was taken right around the same time I was stationed at Howard Air Force Base. On the left is the hangar that I […]

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Panama Daze

You might say that I have been in a daze since I started working on my new novel which takes place in Panama during the 1970s-1980s.  For the past two months I have been working on this new novel as much as I can when I am not teaching or spending time with my children. […]

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One of these days…

I’m going to have to get around to writing a book about the time I spent at Howard Air Force Base and Panama. I have a few essays here, “Crossing the Isthmus of Panama with Howard and Other Stories” but I haven’t been able to take these stories to the next level. I haven’t been […]

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Panama Daze

Here’s a real photographic blast from the past for you! Bud Tristano, this guy I was stationed with at Howard Air Force Base back in 1978 sent this photo to me the other day of us standing next to Miraflores Locks on the Pacific side of the canal. Thanks for the photo Bud!

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Rain on me

It’s another rainy day in Daejeon—the kind of rainy day when you know it’s going to rain on and off all day. There are the occasional cloudbursts, not what you would call “raining cats and dogs” but more along the lines of a swirling, blowing rain that is accompanied by gusts of wind rushing down […]

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Goofy Falls — Somewhere in Panama

I can’t recall the first time I heard about Goofy Falls when I was stationed in Panama at Howard Air Force Base from 1976-1978 or understood why it had been called Goofy Falls in the first place but for many people stationed on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal, it was an alternative to […]

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Crossing the Isthmus of Panama with Howard and Other Stories — Part 4

Let’s look at the scorecard thus far.  It’s 1976. I graduated from high school on June 3; six days later I was at Lackland Air Force Base doing my basic military training. On July 4, we could stay up past 9:00pm to celebrate our Bicentennial. From our barracks’ windows we could see a fireworks display. Happy […]

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Crossing the Isthmus of Panama with Howard and Other Stories — Part 3

  When I first arrived at Howard AFB in September 1976, there were very few airmen below the rank of E-4. From what I understood, before I arrived most of the airmen stationed at Howard had served in Vietnam—either at bases in Thailand or Vietnam. Whether or not that was true or not, or one […]

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