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March on Pilgrim

Yesterday, March 24, was quite a day. For the first time since I was a young boy staring down the prospect of being drafted into the Vietnam War I went to a rally, a protest movement, a march.  The kids have outed the NRA and their political allies and all who support...

March the 24th, 2018

On March the 24th, 2018, America will start down the long road towards responsible action aimed at ending the Age of Violence, at least where guns are concerned. Perhaps it will spill over into adjacent killing fields, such as the plethora of violent video games and...

A Stroke of Genius

This past Wednesday,  the world was informed of the passing of Stephen Hawking, arguably the most brilliant individual who has lived in my lifetime. He was 76 years old. His novel, 'A Brief History of Time' opened the door to the cosmos which had been cracked a bit by...

Battling Common Sense

Am I dreaming or does it seem as though our political society lives in alternative universes? Does it seem as though Waste Management has been tasked with the everyday pickup of Common Sense? As a writer and novelist of Historical Fiction my research has no filter....

Cyrus and Hank

In 1957 Ayn Rand published 'Atlas Shrugged', the followup to her first novel, 'The Fountainhead'. 'Atlas' delivered a story and characters that were unforgettable. Man as a noble being. Capitalism under siege by looters. Hank Reardon, John Galt, and Dagny Taggert...

2017 Birth of a Movement

....And the world fell into disarray. Souls wailed against injustice and lashed out at the slightest hint of malfeasance. Life became more unmanageable and confusing. The times they are a changin. Into this manmade era of uncertainty, revolving in our country at...

A Year In The Life

In 2012 I began writing 'Between the Walls of Time,' a historical fiction novel about an outlier, Cyrus Kohler, a former Army Ranger Lieutenant who comes home from the Vietnam War, becomes a college professor, and one day starts an organization he names The Front. We...

Inside the Hornet’s Nest

I didn't mean to desert all of you that are buying 'Between the Walls of Time and those of you who are just discovering the book exists. Starting with a Print On Demand book and getting it into distribution, into the mainstream where this book belongs, has been quite...

Connect through Goodreads.com

To my readers to be, friends, and everyone else: Between the Walls of Time is on an amazing journey. One of the largest retailers in the world has seriously inquired about carrying my novel. Could that really happen? Is it good enough? I'll be asking those questions...

Launch. The Big Day

May 1, 2017. A big day for me, to be sure. Between the Walls of Time will be available, launched worldwide. A groundbreaking story about our political class, ourselves, our system of government. You have no idea how much you will like this book and what it stands for....

Gambling in America

Many American's, especially blue collar, less wealthy, less educated folks, are the targets of the gambling industry, Nascar, the cigarette companies, and now The Donald has promised to change their lives.Not that the wealthy don't serve these demons, some do, but...

The Human Conundrum

Last week I watched the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, acquit himself in a presidential manner. He was the guest of the former Governor of Indiana and current president of Purdue University, Mitch Daniels, himself an extremely qualified individual, and 1800...

Changing Political History

Between the Walls of Time is a book that defines our political and religious tribes and their Social Congruence and seeks to change political course of The United States through the formation of a third major party, The Front, known world wide as the unbought.

American Heroes

 Yesterday I had a conversation with two American heroes, real heroes by any standards. The first of those men, Colonel Fred Spaulding, is and was, the source of the minute details and overall information that went into the opening chapters of Between the Walls of...

Violence and the tribes

Every day a syndicated national columnist, a grieving minister, or a politician of some rank laments another shooting. I genuinely believe they all have varying degrees of sincerity. No one likes to see men, women and children slaughtered for no apparant reason other...

In The Beginning

I was beginning to write Between the Walls of Time in 2012 when the Republicans nominated Mitt Romney for President. It was, viewed in a historical text, the continuation of the long slow slide to irrelevance my former party had set out to accomplish. They were...

60 Minutes with Cyrus Kohler

On Sunday night, July 24, 1016, I watched Scott Pelley interview Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. When she was asked how she planned to solve our nations ills I imagined seeing Cyrus Kohler there as Dan Rather asked him those questions, and received a totally different...

The Front

The Front is the name of Cyrus's fledgling organization which starts its growth exactly as the Vietnam War protests did all those years ago, beginning on the campus's of our nation's colleges and universities. The Front starts as an organization and, as Cyrus gains...

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