Category Archives: Origins

Epigraph

An epigraph is a quotation at the beginning of a book. I am fond of them and they have drawn me to a book more than once. Case in point, one of the two epigraphs in Steven Pressfield’s classic Gates … Continue reading

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Chapter Six, The Last Jew in Vinnitsa

I understand if this chapter disappoints you.  It is quite short, but I can assure you, it is full of meaning. I have contemplated this picture for years. It speaks of inhumanity, fear, hatred, racism … all of the negative … Continue reading

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Brian Doyle – A Friend I Never Knew

Author Brian Doyle was my good friend, although I never met him. Of course, I often say that my own books define me as a human being.  If that is true, Brian Doyle can certainly say that his books define … Continue reading

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Chapter Five, The Boy Who Saved America

As a child, I learned to honor and respect people in positions of leadership and authority whether I agreed with them or not. Those people included my parents, my teachers, coaches, clergy, police officers, mail carriers, elected officials, team captains, … Continue reading

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On the Passing of Glen Campbell

As I remember singer, songwriter and entertainer Glen Campbell who passed away yesterday, the sound and significance of music becomes even more important to me. I reflect on the beauty and joy he brought to the world. My kids will … Continue reading

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Chapter Four, The Boxer

Pugilism has been a part of my life since I first donned the pair of red, vinyl boxing gloves my dad acquired using my mother’s S&H Green Stamps.  My journey continues today through my involvement with the Guepard Boxing Club … Continue reading

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The Boxer is Coming Soon to “Tree Rings”

The first book I penned – The Olympian, A Tale of Ancient Hellas – is about the value of a human being told through the experiences of a boxer and a poet – Theagenes of Thasos who won the boxing … Continue reading

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Chapter Three, The Artist

As a young boy the first thing I ‘wanted to be’ when I grew up – other than a cowboy, of course – was an archaeologist.  Things ancient and old have fascinated me since childhood.  I believe there is a … Continue reading

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Chapter Two, Migrant Mother

The resiliency and strength of women have always amazed me.  I dedicated my first book The Olympian to my Babcia, the strongest person I ever knew.  The inner strength of a woman faced with challenge is most evident in this … Continue reading

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Stories for Memorial Day

In 2011 as I was writing Tobit and the Hoodoo Man, I was commissioned by Black Mesa Publishing Company to write a West Point football trivia book.  The book is divided into five sections, and each section required a short … Continue reading

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