Category: Book Reviews

  • The American Dunkirk and The Indispensables

    The American Dunkirk and The Indispensables

    World War II history buffs recall the British retreat at Dunkirk.  Backed against the sea, the British miraculously evacuated most of their forces despite being cornered by the unstoppable German war machine. This Allied defeat actually saved the British, French, and Belgian forces to fight another day and ultimately win the war. But did you […]

  • A Higher Call

    A Higher Call

    I have learned never to ignore coincidences, especially when they come in threes. An unexpected gift from my wife, a chance meeting at a golf course, and the discovery of a long sought after book at a used bookstore all within a week’s time made me sit up straight.  Three strangely “coincidental” occurrences all dealing […]

  • Living Southern: Clean Old-Fashioned Hate

    Living Southern: Clean Old-Fashioned Hate

    College football rivalries in the Southland resemble a Hatfield-McCoy feud.  They are intense, long-lasting, sometimes bitter, and always passionate.  Think Auburn vs. Alabama, USC vs. Clemson, Florida vs. Florida State, Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State, and, of course, my favorite, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech. It may sound like a random collection of words, but Clean […]

  • My Favorite Books on Marriage, aka The Books with the Yellow Highlights

    My Favorite Books on Marriage, aka The Books with the Yellow Highlights

    Most of my readers know by now that I am a lover of books.  My children have come to expect at least one literary Christmas gift every year and to not be surprised if, on occasion, an unexpected tome arrives on their doorstep from Amazon.  Such are the consequences of having a father who is […]

  • How A Miracle Saved the American Revolution…and My​ Family Name

    How A Miracle Saved the American Revolution…and My​ Family Name

    This last week of August 2019, is the two hundred and forty-third anniversary of one of the most pivotal moments in American history.  At the time, soldiers on both sides of the conflict called the events of the week a miracle.  Historians ever since have also considered its outcome providential, or at the very least, […]

  • Daisy Grace, Louis L’Amour and Fried Chicken Fridays

    Daisy Grace, Louis L’Amour and Fried Chicken Fridays

    The search is over.  I found it.  I bought it.  I brought it home.  My library is complete. Recently, I was able to meet, for the first time, Runelle and Ruth, first cousins of my mother.  We had reconnected through email and decided to meet and exchange memories and pictures of our common ancestors. I […]

  • Groundhog Morality

    Groundhog Morality

    Today, February 2nd is Groundhog Day when tradition holds that if a groundhog sees his shadow, he will return to his burrow and we will have six more weeks of Winter. Punxsutawney Phil, the famous Pennsylvania groundhog, saw his shadow this morning, so springtime in the North may be delayed.  Yet his Southern cousin, General […]

  • But Now, I See

    But Now, I See

    Today is January 1, 2019, the 250th-anniversary of….wait.  Before you start celebrating, a little background might be in order. It begins with a man named John. Born in 1725, he spent the first seven years of his life in England.  With his father at sea, his loving mother doted on her son, taking him to […]

  • It’s A Wonderful Life…AGAIN!

    It’s A Wonderful Life…AGAIN!

    It’s the Christmas season and no season would be complete without a telecast of the Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  This 1946 movie stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a man who yearns to leave the small, serene town of Bedford Falls but stays home sacrificing his dreams to help others. While not considered […]

  • A Prideful Confession

    A Prideful Confession

    I have a confession to make. I am embarrassed to admit this. Not sure why I should feel so uncomfortable, but I do. After all, I am an adult and there is nothing illegal about it. But why did I allow myself to be talked into this? I should know better. But here I am […]