Reblog: September 17th — Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting

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Denton Poets’ Assembly will meet on September 17th for poetry readings by members and guests at the Emily Fowler Public Library from 10 am – noon. For complete details regarding the meeting click the following link  Denton Poets’ Assembly Sept 17 Meeting

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Reblog: August 20th Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting

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Denton Poets’ Assembly meets again on August 20th at the Emily Fowler Public Library from 10 a.m. – noon. We welcome members returning from summer vacation. As always, visitors and guests are welcome.

We have a change from our usual poetry assignments process. This month, members have two assignments. J. Paul Holcomb has returned and will be comparing non-rhyming poems from his, “Strawberry Soup” assignment which we will read. In addition, we will read sonnets derived from the that non-rhyming poem.

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Reblog: April 15th – Merging Visions Reception


Every April, the Denton Poets’ Assembly teams up with artists from the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) in a collaborative exhibit called Merging Visions in celebration of National Poetry Month.

The showing is free and open to the public. The Merging Visions reception will be held on April 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. to celebrate the exhibit’s opening.    All poems and artwork are originals created by members of the two groups. Some of the poems are created with the artwork as inspiration, and some are inspirations for the artwork.

Location Information

The 9th annual Merging Visions Exhibit will held at the Patterson Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201.

The exhibit will be free and open to the public during regular art center hours, Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday 1:00 – 5:00. The opening reception — also free and open to the public — will be held on April 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


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Reblog: 30 Years Ago Today: Challenger by Bob Mayer

On this day in 1986 I setup equipment to record the Challenger launch for my employer. The company I worked for used Thiokol O-rings under extreme conditions. It’s an irony that O-ring failure caused the tragedy and the representative for O-rings warned weather for the launch was too cold to go ahead safely. NASA refused to listen and act on that advice.


Thank you Bob for sharing this poignant reflection.

The remaining post is from Author, Bob Mayer.

“My God, Thiokol. When do you want me to launch? Next April?” Senior NASA official on a conference call to the manufacturer of the solid boosters, when they recommended on the morning of the launch that it be postponed.
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An Interview on The Captive Boy

By Julia Robb

Friends, I want to welcome author friend, Julia Robb. Her newest release is, The Captive Boy which is the topic of this interview. I hope that after hearing what she has to say you consider purchasing this compelling read.



Cover art – The Captive BoyJulia spent 20 years as an award winning journalist before becoming a novelist. Since July 2012 she has published four 5-Star rated books on all set in West Texas. This interview covers The Captive Boy, her newest book, released on December 17th. The print version will be published next week.

Question: Julia, I’ve enjoyed reading your three previous western novels but found The Captive Boy exceptional. Why did you write this story?

First, I wanted to show readers that America’s frontier army was heroic, our troops served their country with courage and honor and did their best in a hard time and a hard place. They were tough. We have reason to be proud of them. I wish more Americans knew that.

Also, I wanted to write a story showing readers what happened to white captive kids. After they were recovered, they were emotionally unstable people who couldn’t maintain jobs or relationships. They didn’t feel at home in the white culture, the free-wheeling Indian culture was gone (living on the reservation was not like living with a nomadic tribe). Those kids were sad and never again found a real home. I was, and am, sad for them.


Question: Tell my readers about your protagonist, Mac McKenna. I think he’s a compelling character and a respected leader by those who served under him. Is he based on a historic character?


Yes, Mac is based on Col. (later General) Ranald Mackenzie. Mackenzie was a hero, and he is my hero. He got the job done. He never gave up. He beat the Comanches. He didn’t want to kill, but he did his duty. I also see him as having been a lonely, isolated man who wanted to love and be loved but he never got the chance. I gave Mac many of these traits, including, kind of, Mackenzie’s fate. But Mac’s fate is a metaphor for what happened to Mackenzie.


I felt Mac on a deeper level than my other protagonists. He was inside me. I love him, which is natural, I guess, as I am the only person in the world who thoroughly understands him.


Also, I want to add, I have some of Mackenzie’s letters, written while he was commander at Fort Sill (the army fort and the Comanche and Kiowa reservation), and those letters prove Mackenzie was a humane and wise administrator. So, naturally I can tell you my Mac was both humane and wise, both as administrator and soldier.


Question: Tell us about the title character, August Shiltz. I suspect his definition of captive would be quite different from Mac’s definition.


Yes, August didn’t see himself as a captive until he was retaken by Mac’s troops. He was brainwashed. After all, his Indian parents were the only ones he could remember. It’s like being dropped on Mars and adopted by the natives. The trauma destroys previous memories.


I checked with a psychologist to find out what this kind of trauma would do to people, and then I used what the psychologist said. They have Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.


But August did understand after…oops, almost had to add a spoiler alert.


Question: Julia, you used a writing style that made the events leap off the page for me. Your scenes were like reading from a current news story; like an anthology or journal. Would you care to comment on this choice, maybe set the reader’s expectation?


I just came to it by happenchance, by fooling around. In some ways, writing a novel is like growing a garden; you water the plants, you weed, you introduce new plants. One thing leads to another. Then before you know it, it’s harvest time.


Question: The Captive Boy must have taken an enormous amount of research. Would you like to give us some background on that process? It seems to have been based in large measure on historical events.


I read everything I could find about Mackenzie and his troops, about the Red River War, about the frontier cavalry, about the country and its terrain, about Comanches, about white captives, and I’d been doing this for years before I started formal research. I had compiled a 100-page research book before writing one word.


Almost everything in the novel, as regarding events, really happened. I changed some things for novelistic purposes, but not much.


Do you remember the scene where the Comanches attacked soldiers in the night and the horses panicked and went so wild they pulled the stakes (holding them) from the ground? The stakes then went flying through the air. That made those stakes lethal weapons. That really happened.


Of course, the scenes between characters only happened in my head. Except for the scene with Gen. Sherman, when Mac and Sherman found out the Comanches had destroyed a teamster train and killed most of the teamsters.


Question: We’ve touched on your main characters. Do you have anything to share about the supporting cast of characters?


I loved all of them so much, and I miss them. I loved Eliza who told her friend Jane about everything she saw and heard in Col. McKenna’s quarters, I loved Asha, August’ eventual wife and Asha’s relationship with Mac. I loved it that Mac loved August and he also desired his wife (that’s quite a three-cornered dilemma, isn’t it)?

I loved Sgt. Major Pruitt, who told tall stories and loved baseball and loved his baseball team, I loved Sam Brennan, Mac’s adjutant, who was a brilliant anthropologist and naturalist, actually a kind of Leonardo De Vinci.


Sam was based on a real soldier, John Bourke, author of “On the Border With Crook,” the all-time best frontier memoir.


Question: What would you like to share about the time and place; the landscape where The Captive Boy took place?


Tough country. The Southern Great Plains are not flat but rolling and covered with thorny plants so sharp they can cut your arteries open. Very little good water. The canyon country (as you know Richard) drops from level ground. First, you’re riding on level land and then the bottom just drops 1,000 feet.

Climbing from the base of the Cap Rock toward the rim. Photo by Julia Robb

Men went blind from riding in the sun day after day, and died of heat stroke, and dysentery (from drinking contaminated water), and snakebite, and, of course, war wounds.


The Comanche often used barbed arrows (which were nearly two feet long) and you couldn’t just pull them out. They had to be cut out. Not good. Wounded men often died from infection, and even lockjaw.


Question: This book is somewhat different from your western novels. Would you like to comment on its genre?


It’s an historical novel. Historical novels are supposed to educate readers on the time and place, and why things were as they were. I hope I’ve done that.


Question: Do you have any additional comments you would like to share, Julia?

Yes, you’re a good guy Richard. Thanks for the interview.



Thank you again, Julia! I appreciate your answers, your efforts to lift up the heroic soldiers, to humanize the Comanche and your dedication to presenting realistic events through fiction. I have found that it’s often easier to present truth through fiction as opposed to biased and alleged fact.

Click here for the link to: The Captive Boy

For my review of The Captive Boy, click here.

For a list of Julia  Robb’s biography, other books and purchase links, click here

Short Bio of Julia Robb

I’ma former journalist and editor-I spent 20 years in the newspaper business-51pfsindzal-_uy200_

and I’m now a free-lance writer/editor in Marshall,
Texas. For fun, I drive across Texas, to the deserted corners, the wide spaces, heading west past Waco, watching the mesas fl
oat in the distance.


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Reblog: Billy The Kid–To Hell on a Fast Horse

Friends, Julia Robb is a former reporter and active novelist who writes western fiction. In her latest blog, she interviews Mark Gardner and expert in western history about the events connecting Billy The Kid and Pat Garrett. Julia Robb begins with the following.

Readers, Mark Gardner is the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett and Shot All To Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape



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In Memoriam – Attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941

I’ve shared posts about the attack on Pearl Harbor in the past. My Dad, A.C. Weatherly Jr. served aboard U.S.S. Raleigh CL-7. Attacked at 7:55 a.m. per the after action report, she was one of the first ships hit by torpedo in the attack on Pearl Harbor. An hour later, she took an armour piercing bomb that barely missed a ready magazine and aviation gas fuel tank for their catapult plane. He was getting ready for liberty when the torpedo struck.

AceWeatherly1941_R1In memoriam of the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. Please see the link following:

December 12, 1941
From: Commander William H. Wallace, U.S. Navy,
Executive Officer.
To: Captain R.B. Simons, U.S. Navy, Commanding.

Subject: Engagement of December 7, 1941, Report on.



My author friend, Patty Wiseman’s father was also serving on the Releigh that day. As a matter of fact, that’s how we met.

The rest of this post consists of official U.S. Navy action reports concerning the timing, actions by the officers and crew and damage reports. The commanding officer had high praise for the dedication and heroism by the Raleigh crew.

Quotation from the commanding officer, R.B. Simmons —

Upon my return I found all officers and men who were aboard at their stations, in high spirits, apparently only hoping that the enemy would return so that they could have another crack at them. The morale was exceptionally high.At this time the ship was in a precarious position due to the damage resulting from the torpedo hit and the bomb hit.”

The reports

  1. About 0755 on the morning of December 7, 1941, I was in my cabin drinking a cup of coffee when I heard and felt a dull explosion in the ship. Looking out my airport I saw the water boiling amidships. I started up to the bridge and was met by lieutenant Taylor who reported that the Japanese were attacking the Fleet. All hands were called to general quarters and about five minutes later this ship opened fire with the anti-aircraft battery of 3″/50 caliber, 1/1″ and .50 cal. guns.

  2. Ensign J.W. Werth, USN, was controlling the starboard battery and Ensign J.R. Beardall, Jr., USN, the port battery, both doing a splendid job. The guns were magnificently handled; all hands from chief petty officers to mess boys volunteering to fill out the regular gun crews and keep ammunition supplied.

  3. The ship started to heel over to port and it was reported that an airplane torpedo had struck #2 fireroom, flooding it, and that #1 fireroom was the steaming fireroom, but all fires went out due to water and oil. The damage control party under Ensign H.S. Cohn, D-V(G), USNR and Carpenter R.C. Tellin, USN, was directed to counterflood to bring the ship on an even keel, and they handled their jobs to perfection.

  4. It appeared, however, that the ship would capsize. Orders were given for all men not at the guns to jettison all topside weights and to put both airplanes in the water first. Both planes were successfully hoisted out by hand power alone, and were directed to taxi over to Ford Island and report for duty, along with all the aviation detail on board. The senior doctor was directed to report to the U.S.S.Solace, to aid in caring for the injured and wounded from other ships (we had no dead and only a few wounded on this ship). An oxy-acetylene outfit and crew were sent over to the capsized U.S.S.Utah to cut out any men in the hull. One man was rescued and this man, as soon as he took a deep breath, insisted on going back to see if he could rescue any of his shipmates. A signal was sent to send pontoons and a lighter from alongside the Baltimore to this ship, and they were delivered expeditiously and secured to our port quarter with steel hawsers under the ship and acted as an outrigger. Extra manila and wire lines were run to the quays to help keep the ship from capsizing.

  5. Our torpedoes, minus their warheads, were pushed overboard by hand and beached at Ford Island. Both torpedo tubes, both catapults, the steel cargo boom, were all disconnected and jettisoned by hand power. Also, all stanchions, boat skids and life rafts and booms were jettisoned. Both anchors were let go.

  6. Shortly after 0900 a glide-bombing attack came in which met with a warm reception. Many near misses fell about the ship. Only one bomb hit. This bomb hit #7 3″ ready ammunition box a glancing blow and went through the carpenter ship, then through an oil tank, piercing the skin on the port quarter below the water line, and finally detonating on the bottom of the harbor about fifty feet from the ship. In its flight this bomb went over the heads of the gun crew of #7 3″ gun and also passed very close to our two large tanks containing 3000 gallons of high-test aviation gasoline. This plane machine-gunned the ship also.

  7. Apparently the enemy planes had expected to find the Lexington and Enterprise near our berth and fired at the Utah and Raleigh, as the carriers were fortunately not in. When it appeared that the ship might not capsize or sink (the water was 45′ deep at our berth) Ensign J.H. COYLE, USN, of the Raleigh, was told to see if he could find an oil bottom that was free from water and to raise steam in either #3 or 34 fireroom, as water was getting in to the after engine room and #3 and #4 firerooms, and if they were flooded there would be little hope of keeping the ship afloat. This was done and the pumps started.

  8. Meanwhile the gun crews on the top side kept up a heavy and accurate fire. Five bombing planes which this ship had under fire and on which hits were observed, were seen to crash close aboard, either in flames or in fragments.

  9. It would be difficult to single out all individuals who acted above and beyond the call of duty, as the conduct of every one was magnificent. The commanding officer, however, was particularly pleased to note that the junior officers and non-rated men acted like veterans and their spirit and morale was only heightened by the surprise attack.

  10. As this ship has been in the Hawaiian Detachment for over two years, many of the married officers and men live ashore when not in the duty section. When the attack opened, the acting gunnery officer, chief engineer, and damage control officers were all Ensigns. Those officers and men who were ashore reported back to the ship most expeditiously and participated valiantly in the last plane attack. After the attack and during the night of December 7th, the ship would vary in list from 11 degrees port to 8 degrees starboard without any apparent reason and was very tender.

  11. The tugs Sunnadin and Avocet came alongside during the afternoon and furnished light, steam and food as fast as practical and their services were very helpful.

  12. Damage to enemy: The following ammunition was expended on this vessel during the day:

    3″/50 caliber 266 rounds
    .50 caliber 9990 rounds
    1.1″ 3270 rounds

    Many planes were taken under fire from time to time without apparent results. However, there were five planes destroyed which this vessel registered hits on and assisted in their destruction, namely:

    #1 – Bomber flew over stern from starboard to port, burst into flames over Raleigh and crashed on deck of U.S.S. Curtiss.

    #2 – Plane flew over bow from starboard to port and crashed near Pearl City.

    #3 – Plane flying north on our starboard beam crashed in water between Dobbin and Baltimore.

    #4 – Plane off our stern flying over air station towards Curtiss was hit by a 3″ shell and was blown to pieces in the air.

    #5 – A plane flying across our stern had its tail blown off and fell over by Pearl City without burning or great damage. The pilot may have escaped.

  13. One torpedo ran between the bow of the Raleigh and the stern of the Detroit and apparently sank in shoal water at Ford Island without exploding and is still there.

  14. The end of the bomb that went through the port quarter of this ship was recovered from the damaged fuel tank and was forwarded to Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet.

  15. Damage control and salvage efforts are being continued successfully at the time of this report.


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December 12, 1941
From: Commander William H. Wallace, U.S. Navy,
Executive Officer.
To: Captain R.B. Simons, U.S. Navy, Commanding.
Subject: Engagement of December 7, 1941, Report on.
Reference: (a) Art. 948, U.S. Navy Regulations.
  1. Being on authorized shore leave the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941, I did not witness the engagement between enemy planes and the U.S.S. Raleigh, I succeeded in returning to the ship about 1000, Sunday, December 7, at which time all enemy action had ceased.

  2. Upon my return I found all officers and men who were aboard at their stations, in high spirits, apparently only hoping that the enemy would return so that they could have another crack at them. The morale was exceptionally high.At this time the ship was in a precarious position due to the damage resulting from the torpedo hit and the bomb hit. The ship gave every indication of capsizing. Although this fact was self-evident, o person showed any desire to leave his post or the ship.The Anti-Aircraft battery of 3″, 1.1 and 50 caliber, had been manned and opened fire with great rapidity. Most of the crews were firing for the first time. Despite this it was reported that the Raleigh was credited with three enemy planes and a probable fourth. Ammunition parties were quickly functioning and no shortage of ammunition resulted.

    Compartments were counterflooded promptly and in the proper sequence. The Damage Control Organization, directed by the Damage Control Officer, has worked constantly day and night to keep the ship afloat. Their efforts have been ably directed and should be crowned with success.

  3. The Engineers, ordered topside, fearlessly reentered the after boiler and engine spaces. lighting off, with water over the floor plates, to raise steam and get pumps running.Coffee and sandwiches were prepared by the Commissary department and distributed to the crew at their station.Orders were carried out promptly and without confusion. The rapidity and good seamanship displayed in getting both planes over the side without damage, in jettisoning heavy topside weights, such as catapults, torpedo tubes, boat skids, etc., were all done without power on the ship, contributing materially in saving the ship.

  4. Regular week-end shore leave and liberty had been granted over Saturday, December 6, and Sunday, December 7. Liberty parties were unusually large as Friday, December 5, was pay day. The third officer duty section and the port watch had the duty. In addition to yourself and the officer duty section; which consisted of Lieutenant R.H. Taylor, USN, Lieutenant J.W. Geist, USN, Ensign D.L. Korn, A-V(N), USNR, Ensign W.H. Game, USN, Ensign J.M. Werth, USN, and Machinist G.S. Cummins, USN; the following officers were on board when the action commenced: Ensign J.J. Coyle, USN, Ensign J.F. Steuckert, USN, Ensign R.C. Collins, D-V(G) USNR, Ensign J.R. Beardall, jr., USN, Ensign J. Scapa, D-V(G) USNR, Ensign G.S. Morrow, jr., E-V(G), USNR, Lieutenant (jg) D.M. Fox (DC) USN, Electrician T.R. Tate, USN, and Carpenter R.C. Tellin, USN. All officers, except Lieutenant Commander H. Hains, on leave and not on the Island of Oahu, and men, except a few detained at the Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, by competent authority on other duty, returned to the ship promptly and as rapidly as means of transportation was available.

  5. During the engagement and afterward, when steps were being taken to save the ship, no incident has been reported to me of any individual, officer or man, deserving of censure. On the contrary every report of individual action by officers and men has been of a commendable nature. The organization of the ship as a whole, especially the Gunnery Department and the Damage Control Department, proved their worth and functioned under surprise and stress. All officers and men, as they returned to the ship, picked up and helped carry the load. I am unable to pick out individual cases deserving of praise above others. I believe all officers and men on the U.S.S. Raleigh have the right to be proud of their behavior and their performance of duty. They were tried and found not wanting, especially those officers and men who were fortunate enough to be aboard during the action.

That concludes the official reports from the U.S. Navy Archives.


U.S.S. Raleigh following repairs inWashington


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November 21st – Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting

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 Denton Poets’ Assembly welcomes members and guests to our November 21st meeting of at the Emily Fowler Central Library from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

After a short discussion covering chapter business, members will read Pantoum poems from J. Paul Holcomb’s October lesson.

J. Paul will present his November lesson on the Rondel form.

Members and guests will have the opportunity to read free Choice poems after the lesson.

In DPA News

2010 Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton presented a poetry reading and book signing, October 22nd at the Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall, TWU Library. DPA members were invited.

On Friday, October 30th Bob Schinzel and Richard Weatherly read seasonal poetry at the Good Samaritan Village in South Denton.

On November 21st Patrick Marshall and possibly other DPA members will attend the Marine Creek Creative Writing Conference on the Tarrant County College NW Campus. The keynote speaker for the conference will be Nathan Brown.

Kitchen Sync
Monday 23th, 7:30 – 9:30
Where The Whitehouse Espresso Bar and Beer Garden
Description Kitchen Sync Open Mic sign up starts at 7:15pm. Every fourth Monday at 424 Bryan Street in Denton, Texas. For more info email


Denton Poets’ Assembly meets on the third Saturday of the month, 10AM – Noon at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland Street, Denton, TX 76201. Meetings are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit

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Gathering of Authors Charity Event 2015

This year the Gathering of Authors gala has moved to a new venue. The organizer Tammy Holder Thompson will host the Charity and Book Signing event at the Texarkana Convention Center.  In the past I’ve had the pleasure of working with this group but have a schedule conflict this year. It supports great causes. If you live in northeast Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas or southwest Oklahoma, don’t miss it.


For more information see the poster below or the link at the bottom of the page.


For more information see the poster below or the website at:

Following is reblogged from the Gathering of Authors webpage.

Texarkana Literacy/Charity Annual Event


We started this very unique event in 2010, focusing on writers in and around our
area, but since has grown into something far greater.  We combine the importance
of literacy and giving into one.  Four years ago, we added St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital into our event as our Charity of choice to donate to, but later included Arkansas Children’s Hospital as well.  We bring in authors from all around to share their books, speak and do autographings at the event.  These wonderful authors have become like family to this event and together we all work hard to raise money for these two remarkable hospitals that do nothing but save children’s lives.  Please join our Gathering family and be a part of our event. 

2015 GOA Dates:  Friday Nov 20, and Sat. Nov. 21st – 
Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center

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Reblog – Denton Poets’ Assembly July 18th Meeting

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The Denton Poets’ Assembly, DPA will meet on July 18th, at the Emily Fowler Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Following announcements and a welcome to visitors, DPA member and guest speaker will be Diane Glancy. Diane is an award winning poet and author. She will share her experiences at the NFSPS convention in Florida, including the 50 categories for poetry and will share the contest brochures.

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Memorial Day, 2015

A Tribute to Memorial Day-
Reblogged from Thomas Drinkard

This is, again, in memory of my friends and comrades who did not come home from Vietnam and for all of us who came home burdened with memories of our war and our losses.



An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick…
W.B. Yeats

Pinnacle Writing

I looked at the records and see that I posted this bit of poetry two years ago, for Memorial Day. I can do no better, two years later.

This is, again, in memory of my friends and comrades who did not come home from Vietnam and for all of us who came home burdened with memories of our war and our losses.


                                                                 OLD SOLDIERS

                                                         An aged man is but a paltry thing,
                                                         A tattered coat upon a stick…
                                                                            W.B. Yeats

 Old soldiers from all our modern wars
crowd into the same slice of time,
-in Veteran’s Hospitals,
waiting together,
mutely bonded by losses,
-empty spaces that surround
and define us.

Sitting on an uncomfortable island of vinyl
awash in a surf-rolling susurrus of voices,
cocooned inside my silence,
untouched by misery and despair
swirling in the crowded air like cigarette smoke,
stinging exposed nerves.

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Announcing the May 16th Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting

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Back to The Original Purpose

Thomas Drinkard is an author friend and posted a new article on the writing craft. I enjoyed it and hope my followers do as well. Here’s ”
Back to The Original Purpose” by Thomas Drinkard.

Pinnacle Writing

The blog purports to be about writing, but I haven’t posted anything about that craft/art in some time. It’s time to get back to it.

A couple of years ago I attended the writer’s conference, in Nashville, TN, called Killer Nashville. I met several nice people and talked with three or four literary agents.  The featured speaker was the well-known novelist, Jeffery Deaver, who described his approach to writing—extensive outlining.

A speaker whose name I cannot remember introduced us to Christopher Vogler’s book, The Writer’s Journey.  That book explores the similarity of narrative patterns in fiction. It owes much of its background to the works of Joseph Campbell in The Hero With A Thousand Faces  These patterns, or archetypes,  exist in stories as dramatically different as Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz.

I decided to create my own story, using the the elements described by Vogler.  In…

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Poem: Galileo Galilei, a Defense of Heliocentricism

Dear Reader, this is the first time I’ve personally posted my new award winning poem It placed 1st in the Poetry Society of Texas Performance Poetry Annual Competition. Credits follow the poem. The poem is written in the form of a Dramatic Monologue.

Galileo Galilei, a Defense of Heliocentricism

Thank you my dear friend Ferdinando for the honor of your presence.  To think that only seven of the ten cardinals of the inquisition voted for conviction of near heresy with threats of torture, puzzles me. I know, it could have been much worse, this house arrest brings such a burden of loneliness. I miss my daughter Marie Celeste. Her encouraging letters bring me more comfort than you can know. My mission is to make God’s design of the cosmos known to all men. Would that my oppressors could see Jupiter’s moons move in such synchronicity. If only they could see how mathematics predict the future positions of those orbs. Instead, they placed my work on the  Index of Forbidden Books, and argue that my work violates scripture. I say not so! My theology agrees with Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. One cannot take all scripture to be literal. My work is built on those who came before. Men like Aristarchus almost nine hundred years ago. And recently Copernicus and Kepler have added to the body of work on heliocentricism. You must tell no one of what I shall tell you next. A friend has asked me to share my, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. One day it will be my witness and a force for good my friend. No sir, I cannot publish it now. One day my friend, I will be exonerated. For now, I dare not risk being permanently separated from my darling, Marie Celeste. Her gentle spirit and kindness has given me a reason to live. May my detractor’s eyes one day be opened. Soli Deo Gloria.

Previously published in the Poetry Society of Texas Book of the Year 2015

© 2014 Richard L Weatherly


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“To the Bully” by author & poet Rich Weatherly ( @richweatherly43 )

I’m honored that Belinda Witzenhausen posted one of my most recent poems, “To the Bully.” I want to thank Belinda and give my followers and readers an opportunity to read and comment on it if it resonates with you.

Thank you!

Professor Owl's Book Corner

Oh yes, we’ve seen you in action

even when you tried to hide it.

You taunt, tease, belittle,

provoke and pester

those who you find weaker than you,

or those you think are different.

You know…

the little guy, the geek,

someone from a different race, religion or region.

You make anonymous threats on social media,

a trip in the hallway or push in the back.

Or do you whisper about others to friends

just out of earshot of your victims?

Do you brush your teeth in front of a convex mirror,

Trying to build an inflated ego?

Do you pick fights or openly confront

or do you step out from behind your anonymous curtain

to push, shove or strike unprovoked blows?

Have you taken more trips to the principal’s office

than you can remember

or been taken into custody by local police.


If this is you, then you need help…

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Reblog: Little Voices, Little Scholars

by Jenny She

I was saddened to learn today that social media friend Jenny She from Auckland, NZ lost her battle with cancer on February 11. I’m blogging Jenny’s last post as a tribute to this loving teacher and friend.

Little Voices, Little Scholars

As part of the Literacy learning process, Mrs She’s children over many years wrote stories and then drew pictures to illustrate their stories. This story writing was integrated with childrens’ Inquiries. Children also recorded their stories in movies so that they could share them with the world. We are proud of this work.

Farewell Mrs Jenny She

 This is the final post for Little Voices, Little Scholars.
Written by Russell Burt, the principal of Pt England School.
Mrs Jenny She, the creator of Little Voices, Little Scholars, a teacher of Pt England School, and a well known innovator with digital technologies in education, passed away peacefully this morning.
Jenny She was known for her cheerful smile, her ‘can do’ and ‘give it a go’ attitude, her indomitable courage and refusal to complain about anything at all.
She completed the 2014 year of teaching, refusing to give up and, although increasingly frail, never ‘took it out’ on others and unceasingly gave of her best until the last day of the school year.
She was steadfast in faith, gracious in adversity and she had friends and followers all over the world. We are all privileged to have witnessed her victory over cancer and the difficulty of her condition.
Well done Jenny, you have left us with an outstanding example of grace and courage. A rare quality of cheerful determination to persevere and serve, no matter what.
Farewell, we salute you. You have, in the words of a Pt England saying, “shown us what OSUM looks like!”
Truly well done Jenny She.
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Reblog: A Poem for Holocaust Day, 2015 by Tom Drinkard

On January 27, 2015 survivors of the Holocaust and world leaders come together on this 70th anniversary in commemoration of  the liberation of the survivors. The rest of this post is by…

By Thomas Drinkard

While reviewing this before posting, I was struck by the years.  We spent an afternoon, in May of 1971, walking through the Dachau Concentration Camp. I didn’t finish writing this for four more years.  Now, twenty years later, reading it is almost painful. As everyone says, “Never again!”  I hope that’s true, but what I see in places held by ISIS and Boko Haram, as well as other—less well-known—terrorists, I wonder.  The quote at the beginning was actually on a road sign along the Autobahn in 1971.



“Visit Dachau, the 1200 years old artists’ centre with its castle and surrounding park offering a splendid view over the country.”



       “We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds . . ..” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Remembering the Attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7th, 1941

In recent years I have recounted the attack on Pearl Harbor based on accounts of the events shared by my dad, Andrew C. Weatherly Jr. He gave a first hand account of experiences that day while aboard U.S.S. Raleigh CL-7. Raleigh and its crew survived one of the first torpedo hits that day and took an armor piercing bomb about an hour later.

This year I would like you to read about the attack as presented by the American Legion an organization I am a member of.


The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor destroyed the U.S. Pacific Fleet, or so many Americans believe. But six months later, that “crippled” fleet defeated a massive Japanese task force at Midway.

Ninety-six ships were in the Navy yard at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Of these, the Japanese sank or damaged only 18, and 11 were back in service within a year.

The attacking Japanese fleet, led by Vice Adm. Chūichi Nagumo, had six aircraft carriers and two battleships, plus cruisers, destroyers and support ships. It arrived 275 miles northwest of Oahu, and at 6 a.m. launched the first attack wave of 183 aircraft; this was followed by a second wave of 168 planes. The first wave arrived over Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m., and the attack continued until 9:45 a.m.

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USS Arizona Wreckage Library of Congress Photo

Link to complete article from the American Legion.

Related posts:

Previous posts that I shared in the past on the Pearl Harbor Attack and one by Patty Wiseman. Patty and I share a unique bond, both of our dads were aboard U.S.S. Raliegh CL-7, a light cruiser attacked on that infamous day in 1941.

Pearl Harbor: The Memories Are Forever, by Patty Wiseman

72nd Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, by Rich Weatherly


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Meeting Announcement: Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting November 15, 2014

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On November 15th Denton Poets’ Assembly returns to the Emily Fowler Public Library in Denton, Texas. The event will start at 10a.m and end at Noon.Our members will be read Minute poems, poems that are 60-syllables in length for their monthly assignment based on a lesson presented by J. Paul Holcomb, the Poet Laureate of Lewisville. In addition, we look forward to another poetry lesson this Saturday.

 Afterward, we invite members and guests to read free choice poems.

In August DPA members submitted entries to the Poetry Society of Texas Annual Awards competition for 2014. On Saturday, November 8th PST announced the winners. DPA did well!

Listed in alphabetical order:

  •  Annie Neugebauer had first, second and third-place awards and many more in the top ten.
  •  Beth Honeycutt received a first place award and three others in the top ten.
  •  Cindy Wood garnered 2 second and one third place awards and one more in the top ten.
  •  J. Paul Holcomb was awarded 1 first, two second, 1 third place awards and several other poems placed in the top ten.
  • Robert Schinzel placed in the top ten.
  • Richard Weatherly received a first-place award.

Former DPA member Jan Spence had three first-place awards and several others in the top ten.

Members and guests, we hope to see you there!

Denton Poets’ Assembly meets on the third Saturday of the month, 10AM – Noon at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland Street, Denton, TX 76201. Meetings are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Cyndi Lord: Advice for Planning, Writing, and Marketing Your Book

I have had the pleasure of knowing Cyndi Lord mostly through social media. We are both participants in an annual charity event hosted by Tammy Thompson called Gathering of Authors and held in Texarkana. The event raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
When I learned Michelle Dalson featured Cyndi in an author interview I was determined to read it. Cyndi has leveraged experience as a private investigator and criminal justice professional to become a best selling paranormal mystery author.
This post discusses Cyndi’s background, providers writing advice and important information on marketing your book.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I.

Michelle Dalson

Welcome! My name is Michelle Dalson, and I will be interviewing Cyndi Lord, a bestselling author of A Plain Wish. That’s right, she is a bestseller! And yes, she has experienced the stressful process of writing, publishing, and most of all, marketing. She has taken the time to share her author journey, along with some helpful tips for other writers and aspiring authors who dream of achieving that bestseller list!

Michelle Dalson: Hello, Cyndi. Thank you for taking the time to discuss your writing journey. I’m sure many writers out there aspire to be bestselling authors just like you! But first of all, let’s hear a bit about your background. How did you grow as a writer? What inspired you to write what you write?

Cyndi: I spent the majority of my adult life in Michigan where I met and married my husband. We have nine adult children…

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Review of Behold the Dawn, by K.M. Weiland

Compelling and riveting historical fiction

Get ready for a novel by KM Weiland that will grab you and hold on until you turn the last of its captivating pages.

Behold the Dawn, by K.M. Weiland

Behold the Dawn opens in the year 1192 when Crusaders under King Richard I battled Saladin’s Muslim forces in the Holy Land in an attempt to recapture Jerusalem. At the same time, Marcus Annan engaged in deadly mock battle as a Tourneyer. Annan, “…fought today for the same reason he always fought: it was the only thing his life had left him fit for.” Under threat of excommunication, tourney participants such as Annan continued to ply their trade.

Excerpt from the tourney

The setting sun, burning gold through the dust of the field, glinted against the iron tip of a war hammer. Annan’s blood pumped heat into his muscles. The rules of this tourney banned the war hammer from competition; its lethal heft would crush armor and shatter flesh and bone alike. His fist tightened on his sword hilt, the leather finger of his gauntlet creaking against the steel of the crossguard. Marcus Annan wasted no mercy on duplicitous knaves.

After a day of dealing death, he’s troubled by the sight of a faceless monk, a face hidden within the shadow of a cowl. By the time the spark of recognition brought flashes of hidden memories from 16 years past, the monk disappeared. Annan collected his spoils and ransom from battle while a chain of unfolding events propelled him from Bari, Italy to the fields of battle in the Holy Land.

Annan and his sidekick Peregrine Marek, a Scottish lad indentured to his service, would face deadly challenges from former comrades at arms in addition to threats from avowed enemies. A onetime believer in Christianity, Annan now felt his soul beyond hope; a conscience seared from a life running away from a nightmare called St. Dunstan. Gethin the monk, also known as the Baptist, raged against the Church, the Pope, the Holy War and especially against Roderic the Bishop. These words resurrected memories of the tragic day as he had tried to forget all those years.

During an encounter with Roderic and men at arms allied with him, Annan agrees to kill a former colleague by the name of Matthias, but refuses to kill William, Earl of Keaton his former mentor, his wife Lady Mairead, and the Baptist. By doing so, events are set in motion that take Annan and Marek to the Holy Land.

Not long after landing on the beaches of Acre, Annan and Marek found themselves in the heat of battle, tasting victory as Crusader catapults breached the walls of Acre. Just when the battle appeared to be won, Saladin’s cavalry breached the flanks of Christian fighters. Annan took an arrow from a Saracen volley as it passed through his mail shirt. A Moslem blade disemboweled Annan’s mount. Annan fell, the world around him faded. When Annan woke, he found himself in a prison camp in the care of Knights Hospitalers and in the presence of Lady Mairead the Countess of Keaton, wife of William of Keaton. Annan is one of 2,500 prisoners. Eventually, Annan gained an audience with William after making a plea to Mairead. During that meeting, a dying William made a daunting request, a request to escort Mairead from the Holy Land to a convent in Orleans, France.

Annan accepts the request that will lead to a series of attacks on Annan and Mairead. The story progresses through a series of narrow escapes. Enemies abound. Friends die. Mystery compels constant diligence. Mairead, a deeply religious Christian, prays for Annan, not for his life only but that he accept God’s redemption. While doing so, barriers she had placed between them, fade. Her persistence causes him to question his lack of faith. Maybe there is hope after all.

KM Weiland thoroughly researched the period then used her amazing gift of expression and talents of turning the right phrase and delivering memorable quotes. Readers become part of the field of battle, experience thrilling suspense, and visualize colorful tapestries as she paints poetic word pictures of earth, sky and sea.

Excerpt, lyrical text

This was the fortress city of Jaffa, its repaired walls dark against the sunset red of the sea, pinpricks of early firelight just beginning to show through the window slits in the wall.

I’ve read and enjoyed other novels and short stories by KM Weiland and have a new favorite in Behold the Dawn.

In addition to writing wonderful fiction, Ms. Weiland has written back to back, award winning books on the writing craft, Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel.  Refer to her author biography for a complete listing of her work.

K.M. Weiland Biography

K.M. Weiland Author, mentor and blogger

K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as the western A Man Called Outlaw, the medieval epic Behold the Dawn, and the portal fantasy Dreamlander. When she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors on her award-winning blog She makes her home in western Nebraska. Find out more about her fiction at

Why I write:
Stories are like breathing. Life without a story in my head is one-dimensional, stagnant, vapid. I love the life God has given me, but I think I love it better because I’m able to live out so many other lives on the page. I’m more content to be who I am because I’m not trapped in that identity. When I sit down at my computer and put my fingers on the keys, I can be anyone or anything, at any time in history. I write because it’s freedom.

Writing routine:
I set aside two hours, five days a week, to write, usually between four and six p.m. I’m a firm believer in Peter de Vries claim: “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.” I spend the first half hour scribbling ideas in a writing journal, reviewing character sketches and research notes, reading an article on the craft, and proofreading what I wrote the day before. Then I pick a soundtrack, say a prayer for guidance, and dive in.

It takes years sometimes for my ideas to find their way onto the page. After the first kernel of inspiration takes root, I play with it and play with it, discovering characters and scenes and plot twists. Finally, when I think it’s ready, I dig out a notebook and start sketching ideas and outlines. Depending on the subject matter, I spend a few months researching, then take a deep breath and pray that all the work will pay off in a way that will glorify God.

Most of my story ideas begin with a character and a place. An outlaw in the Wyoming Territory. A mercenary knight in the Crusades. A vigilante plantation owner in Kenya. A female spy in the Napoleonic Wars. A barnstormer in early 20th-century Kansas. After that, who knows? Inspiration is a gift from God: bits and pieces, tiny ideas that bloom into unexpected treasures.

Writing is both a gift and an art. As a gift, it must be approached with humility: the writer is only the vessel through which inspiration flows. As an art, it must be approached with passion and discipline: a gift that’s never developed wasn’t worth the giving.


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August 16th Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting Announcement

DPA logo ProcessBlueReblog: Announcing the Denton Poets’ Assembly August 16th meeting – Join us from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Emily Fowler Public Library in Denton for readings of poetry based on  a lesson last month by J. Paul Holcomb on Heroes.

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July 19th Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting Announcement

DPA logo ProcessBlueGreetings poets and lovers of poetry. Join us from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Emily Fowler Public Library in Denton for readings of poetry based on last months lesson by J. Paul Holcomb titled, “The Rondel,” a fourteenth century French form with characteristics similar to the villanelle and triolet.

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Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting Announcement & Chapter News

DPA logo ProcessBlueDenton Poets’ Assembly will meet again 10 a.m. – Noon on June 21st at the Emily Fowler Public Library in Denton, Texas. Guests are welcome and encouraged to bring a favorite poem to read. Members will be reading a Stretched Sonnet based on J. Paul Holcomb’s lesson on the subject last month.
Members and guests will be given an opportunity to read a free choice poem.
We look forward to J. Paul Holcomb’s poetry lesson this month. Members will vote on DPA chapter officers for the year 2014-2015.
Lucinda Breeding, Features Editor for The Denton Record Chronicle recognized three DPA poets and their pairings in the days and weeks that followed the reception…
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70th Anniversary of D-Day, the Normandy Invasion— A Day to Remember

June 6, 1944

A LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) fro...

A LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembarked troops of the U.S. Army’s First Division on the morning of June 6, 1944 (D-Day) at Omaha Beach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s been said, “Freedom isn’t free.” The Normandy Invasion, commonly called DDay, signaled the beginning

Landing craft and tanks at Omaha beach during ...

of the end of Nazi tyranny and freedom in Europe. Of those who fought there, few remain to tell their stories. It is fitting that we continue to honor their sacrifices and heroism.

Allied forces consisting of American, British and Canadian troops made up the main invasion force of over 160,000 ground combatants. Allied Navy and merchants ships numbered more than 5,000. Ships provided transportation and gunfire support during the invasion. At midnight before the amphibious assault, Allied Aircraft and gliders inserted almost 8,000 paratroopers behind enemy lines. This represented the largest armada and invasion force in history. Weather and timing were critical to the success of the mission, so was deception. It had taken nearly five years to reach this point in a war that began in September, 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Nazi  forces. This truly was the start of the liberation of Europe. Total Allied casualties were approximately 12,000; again, freedom isn’t free. At  Pointe du Hoc, German 155mm guns threatened assaults on Utah and Omaha beaches.

There’s a Texas connection to the Normandy invasion that can’t be ignored. I am quoting an article from the Texas State Historical Association about the Second Ranger Battalion commander, James Earl Rudder. This battalion played a pivotal role in success at Omaha and Utah Beaches:

Rudder’s Rangers fight with distinction on Normandy beaches

James Earl Rudder commanded the Second Ranger Battalion on DDay, as it achieved one of the
Modern day view of Pointe du Hoc, Normandy

Modern day view of Pointe du Hoc, Normandy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

great feats of arms of the Normandy invasion. Rudder, a native of Eden, Texas, had served in the army in the 1930s and was recalled to duty during World War II. He became commander and trainer of the elite Second Ranger Battalion in 1943. On D-day Rudder’s Rangers stormed the beach at Pointe du Hoc and, under constant enemy fire, scaled 100-foot cliffs to reach and destroy German gun batteries. The battalion suffered higher than 50 percent casualties, and Rudder himself was wounded twice. In spite of this, he and his men helped establish a beachhead for the Allied forces. In later life Rudder became president of Texas A&M. In 1967 he received the Distinguished Service Medal from President Lyndon Johnson.

Ronald Reagan’s Speech on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day
Delivered at Pointe du Hoc Youtube Video, Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-Day 6/6/84

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Allied invasion plans and german positions in the Normandy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Preinvasion bombing of Pointe du Hoc by 9th Air Force bombers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Convoy on its way to support the Normandy invasion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Special Announcement: Poetry Society of Texas Anthology

A TX Garden of Verses Cover

Purchase link from Denton Poets’ Assembly webpage.

Reblogged from the Denton Poets’ Assembly website.

Poets and lovers of poetry,  
I’m honored to announce the publication of A Texas Garden of Verses: An Anthology,
an e-book celebrating poems and poets from  the 2013 PST Summer Conference. It is the product of contributions DPA made to the conference. Eight DPA members are in this anthology; Karona Drummond, J Paul Holcomb, Beth Honeycutt, Chris Irving, Angie Kimmell, Annie Neugebauer, Jan Spence and Jervis Underwood. Chris Irving also helped edit the e-book along with the summer conference committee.

For the complete article with purchase information, click Denton Poets’ Assembly webpage.

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May 17th Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting Announcement and Chapter News

DPA logo ProcessBlueDenton Poets’ Assembly will meet again 10a.m – Noon on May 17th at the Emily Fowler Public Library in Denton, Texas. Guests are welcome and encouraged to bring a favorite poem to read.

Denton Poets’ Assembly last met on Saturday April 19. During the meeting, members read a Cinquain poem based on our March lesson. J. Paul Holcolmb presented a lesson on the sonnet. He will present a lesson on the “Stretched Sonnet” this Saturday.

Quoting J. Paul, I wanted to do it this month because Roberta Bowman came up with the innovation and her funeral was last week. This will be remembering her in a literary way. Also, it will follow the lesson on sonnets so folks should have something to stretch.

Members and guests also read free choice poems in April.

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A Tribute to Mothers Everywhere

A Tribute to Mothers Everywhere on this Mother’s Day Weekend − It is all about recognizing the love and sacrifice by the one who gave us life, to our spouses and our daughters. To all mothers in my family and friends who are mothers, I want to honor you with this tribute. May you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day Tribute

Mother’s Day Tribute


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Thoughts on The Resurrection

My friend and author, Thomas Drinkard posted an article with compelling arguments for the Resurrection and Christianity; arguments well worth sharing. I hope you read and give it thoughtful consideration.

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I’ve posted this before, but now—on Good Friday—it seems appropriate to think about the Resurrection deeply. 



After the Resurrection, the Romans—as well as those in the Jewish hierarchy who opposed Jesus and his ministry—said that his disciples had stolen his body away from the tomb.  It came about when the chief priests bribed the soldiers who had guarded the tomb.

Matthew 28 tells the story:

1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.  3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.  4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

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April 19th Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting Announcement

DPA - Denton Poets' AssemblyDenton Poets’ Assembly meets again on Saturday April 19th. Members will be reading a Cinquain based on our March lesson.  J. Paul Holcomb will present a lesson on the Sonnet

Be sure to bring a poem in any form for our free choice reading. This includes members and guests. It’s a great way to celebrate National Poetry Month.

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For Veteran’s Day

A fitting tribute to Vietnam Veteran’s Day by my friend and former Special Forces officer, Thomas Drinkard.

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This is the first poem for Veteran’s Day.   This one is especially for Vietnam Veterans.  The Wall was paid for, not out of government funding, but from veteran’s organizations.  The poem tracks a soldier from his earliest days to his return to America.

The Wall

For the Vietnam Veterans of America

I. Roll Call

Arrayed in perfect ranks and files,
row on row,
gleaming metal and polished black,
sharp straight edges cutting the wind,
they stand
in static silent formation.
Only their nameplates speak…
a voiceless babble of American families,
no other speaks, or spoke, for them.

Soldiers should not make their own monuments

Away from this place of silence,
this place of unheard voices,
(where a limp flower hangs,
pushed into a crevice of the black stone),
the nation erected proper monuments of heroism:
sinewy white marble demigods with laurels;
or helmeted bronze men, thrusting a flagpole upright.


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Denton Poets’ Assembly March 15th Meeting Announcement

DPA logo ProcessBlueMembers and guests, join us from 10 a.m – Noon at the Emily Fowler Public Library in Denton for readings of poetry based on last months lesson by J. Paul Holcomb titled, “Close Counts.” Our assignment is to take actual events, experiences or other truth and apply a bit of creative, or poetic license to write a new poem.

Denton Poet’s Assembly meets again this Saturday, March 15. For more information, checkout the link below:
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Book Review — Del Norte by Julia Rob

review by Rich Weatherly

A gritty story about life on the southern plains in 1870 San Angela

Del Norte book cover

Del Norte may be Julia Robb’s best book yet! Del Norte, a saloon near San Angela, Texas and Fort Concho. The people living there in 1870 have a legacy of hard times and difficult circumstances. This story draws upon a cast of characters from diverse backgrounds. Remote outposts like San Angela make earning a living easier than crowded places farther north and east. Magdalena Chapas and partner Thomas Lamb run the Del Norte Saloon. Ray Cortez is Magdalena’s ex-husband. It wasn’t her doing. As it turns out Ray is a womanizer, and this is just one of his many character flaws. Magdalena cares for her disabled son, Benni. She looks to Dr. Wade Pitney for help in making Benni’s arm functional. Thomas wants to marry Magdelana.

Thomas and Wade had both arrived from a Union prisoner of war camp back east. Thomas became the camp adjutant after taking a bullet in his thigh. Wade was a Confederate doctor charged with stealing food from the prisoners. He denied the charge saying his brother was dying from consumption.

Captain Thomas Lamb described camp conditions. “During fights, he saw artillery behead soldiers, he saw men die holding their intestines in their bodies with their hands, saw them die with dysentery, spilling their evil-smelling waste at army hospitals, or in their own tents, or on the ground under cold skies. Nothing ever shocked him compared to Elmira”

Sing Kum arrived in San Francisco after being sold by her father. A girl’s life was cheap in Canton. Lan, a former Chinese pirate rescued Sing when she was deathly ill in the back of a box car. She grew to love Lan but did not know of his dark past. Lan is ambitious. He’s determined to become a big shot. To him, Sing is just a woman.

Julia Robb brings in other characters, warts and all, to create a compelling story. Her characters are complex; some likeable, other’s seemingly have little redeeming social value. This frontier town populated by a diverse array of personal backgrounds makes conditions ripe for conflict. Racism and bigotry brings dark consequences. Nothing is sugar coated. Expect a well written, gritty portrayal of life on the frontier that moves toward a shocking climax.

Try Del Norte. I’m sure you’ll learn a lot about life on the southern plains in 1870.

Amazon Purchase link: Del Norte

Author’s Bio

Julia Robb- Author

I’m a former journalist and editor-I spent 20 years in the newspaper business-and I’m now a free-lance writer/editor in Marshall, Texas. For fun, I drive across Texas, to the deserted corners, the wide spaces, heading west past Waco, watching the mesas float in the distance.
I began writing “Scalp Mountain” in 2009, when I saw images in my mind; a man kicking his horse into a gallop, racing away from a crime, two men fighting in a Texas valley, a woman hugging an Indian baby, refusing to let him go.
Buddies in the Saddle said about “Scalp Mountain,” “This is a fine novel. If you drew a line between “Lonesome Dove” and “All the Pretty Horses,” you would find “Scalp Mountain” somewhere along the way…..there were times when this one had me and refused to let go. For anyone who likes their westerns well grounded in history, this is one you don’t want to miss.”
I published “Saint of the Burning Heart” in February, 2013.
Saint is about a half-Hispanic child who is left homeless and alone in small-town Texas. A powerful rancher, Frank Kendall, and his family, adopt Nicki and give her a life of comfort and position.
But family intimacy leads to a obsessive, violent love affair between Nicki and Frank. Nicki is forced to leave town and when she returns finds the town at war with itself, with Anglos pitted against Hispanics. And two of the people she loves best are struggling against each other. Frank leads the Anglos and Nicki’s best friend, David Rodriguez, leads the Hispanics.
I published Del Norte this month, in December, 2013.
Del Norte is a novella about San Angela, Texas, which is a rough place in 1870, and Magdalena Chapas knows all about it; from the men who shoot holes in each other while drinking in her saloon, the Del Norte, to the man who loved her, married her and left her without a word.
Now Ray Cortez is back, and Magdalena doesn’t know what her ex-husband wants.
Does it have anything to do with the gravestone she leaned on the Del Norte’s back wall?
The stone says, “Americo Chapas, 1823-1868, Asesinado, Dios Lo Vengara, Murdered, God Will Avenge Him.”
Sing Kum knows about men.
She was freezing to death in a boxcar when Lan found her and nursed her back to health.
But Lan has a past and ambitions Sing only discovers when it’s too late. She already loves him.
Dr. Wade Pickney knows what men can do because the Yankees locked him up in a POW camp during the war and almost starved him to death.
Then they accused him of the unspeakable.
Thomas knows what men can do because he was adjutant at the camp which imprisoned Wade.
Thomas, Magdalena’s partner at the Del Norte, also knows Ray Cortez is going to be the death of somebody if he, Thomas, doesn’t stop him.
Thomas tells Magdalena that Ray was not a good man but she can safely trust him, she can love him.
“Shut up,” Magdalena says, fending off the drunks, slipping the cards from the faro box, raking in the money, and waiting for her world to explode around her.

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72nd Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

7 December 1941, America enters WWII

“A day which will live in Infamy!”

 By Rich Weatherly and Patty Wiseman

 AceWeatherly1941It’s hard to believe that 72-years have passed since the Attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy. On the tenth anniversary of this infamous event, I had just turned eight years of age when my Dad, A.C. Weatherly Jr. first shared his memories of the event with me. I’ll share them after a brief introduction.

The nation was shocked and dismayed by the loss and devastation that occurred at Pearl Harbor. The day after the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt opened his address in to joint session of congress with these words:

Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

To read the complete address, refer to

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English: :Photo #: 80-G-19938 :Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941 :USS Raleigh (CL-7) is kept afloat by a barge lashed alongside, after she was damaged by a Japanese torpedo and a bomb, 7 December 1941. The barge has salvage pontoons YSP-14 and YSP-13 on board. The capsized hull of USS Utah (AG-16) is visible astern of Raleigh. :Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. :Large original file cropped to focus on cruiser, brightened and some artifacts removed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A warm Sunday morning; about 7:45 a.m. to 8 a.m. Church bells, laughter a day of peace and rest. My dad, A.C. Weatherly Jr. is shaving and about to step ashore but on this day that would not happen. Klaxons Sounded, Squawk Box Screamed, Air Raid Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

A crash of steel upon steel from an enemy torpedo struck amidships on the port side. A deafening roar and concussion shook Raliegh as the torpedo detonated. The hull rose, fell and began a to port. USS Raleigh (CL-7) became one of the first casualties at Pearl Harbor that Day.

About an hour after the torpedo  hit, an armor piercing bomb crashed through bulkheads and explodes a short distance beyond her hull, barely missing an aviation fuel take; a fuel tank used to service the catapult patrol plane on the fantail. Amazingly, no one died aboard Raliegh that day… a tribute to the heart, training and dedication of all who fought bravely to keep her afloat. Dad shared the following anecdote. He told of being a member of a bucket brigade passing water to a machine gun on the mast because the torpedo disabled the water pumps that supplied water to the water-cooled guns.

She was kept afloat by jettisoning everything not permanently attached; barges supported, pumps counter-flooded and breaches in bulkheads were shored. Raleigh made it, survived and continued to serve for the duration of the war.

The following link includes the official US Navy after action report by the commanding officer of the Raliegh:

Recently my Aunt Sallie Weather Hebisen shared a background story about events during that weekend. At the same time as her oldest brother’s status remained unknown because of the attack, their dad Andrew Claude Weatherly Sr. had been hospitalized after a bad car accident. They learned eventually that my dad was safe and my grand-dad had a severe back injury.

Vigilance must never fail. Thanks to that Greatest Generation, so few now but always honored and yet we pay tribute and go on to fight our wars and win the peace for future generations.

I’ve invited Patty Wiseman to continue this tribute.

Award winning author Patty Wiseman is a friend and we share this event in common through our fathers. Both were aboard USS Raleigh (CL-7) at the time of the attack. The article that follows is her story about the Raleigh during the attack as she learned it from her father.


By Patty Wiseman

Patty Wiseman, Author
Author of An Unlikely Arrangement
Author of An Unlikely Beginning
Author of An Unlikely Conclusion
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I am the daughter of a Pearl Harbor survivor. My father, Calvin C. Dawes, was a gunner’s mate on the USS Raleigh, a destroyer, when the attack commenced. I had not been born…yet that day impacted my life as no other.

My dad was a month away from turning18 on that day. His mother had signed to allow him to join the Navy. He became a man the day the Japanese attacked.

I wished I’d known the fun-loving boy, the adventurous youth he was before that day. I was never to know him in that way. Oh, his life went on after the war, he married mother, his high-school sweetheart. They had four children over the course of time, I was the second born. Yes, life went on. But not for dad. He recounted the moments that stole his youth, those moments seared in his brain forever. We heard the stories, lived through it with him. It was real to us, as if we had been there with him.

O700 hours. A dull explosion hit the ship. All hands were called to general quarters and 5 minutes later the anti-aircraft guns on the Raleigh opened fire. The ocean water was boiling. Dad did his job as he was trained, with no time to think, no time to be afraid. Men hollered orders, ran back and forth with ammunition. Everyone did their job to perfection.

Calvin C. Dawes

Calvin C. Dawes

The ship started to list toward port. An airplane torpedo struck #2 fireroom and flooded it. #1 & #3 were reported flooded, too. It looked as if the Raleigh would capsize.

The noise was deafening, the smoke rising. Taste of burning oil was in the air. The gunfire was steady and accurate. Dad saw several Japanese planes fall out of the sky as a result of his mates and their training. A bomber flew over the stern of the Raleigh, burst into flames and crashed on the USS Curtis. Thank goodness for the training these men went through, that in the heat of battle, they could perform their duties without hesitation. Dad found out later that the Raleigh was responsible for the downing of five Japanese planes, all while listing severely. Proudly, he remembered everyone on board stayed at their posts and finished the job.

The Raleigh survived the attack, no one on the ship was killed. A miracle, since the Utah and USS Raleigh were the first ships attacked. They were mistaken by the Japanese for the Lexington and the Enterprise.

Even at his tender age, dad performed valiantly, as did all the men on the Raleigh, as stated in numerous reports. Dad would be in several other battles during the war, but none impacted him as much as that attack.

He’d just begin telling the stories, over and over, as if they played like a movie in his mind. He was prone to fits of anger, weeping, emotional upheaval he tried to drown in drink. Back in that day no one heard of post-traumatic stress disorder, much less knew to treat it. Dad lived with it. A seventeen year old boy caught in one of the biggest naval battles in World War II history, forever to live with the extreme memories.

I lost my dad about twenty years ago to a heart attack, but I always felt I’d lost him before I ever really knew him. The last two years of his life he would tell me he was sorry…sorry for the memories he forced on us. He seemed more at peace then. I held his hand and wept with him.

Patty, thank you for sharing your father’s personal experiences with us. Both of our families owe our lives to the heroism on the Raliegh that day.

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English: The U.S. Navy Omaha-class light cruiser USS Raleigh (CL-7) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California (USA), on 6 July 1942, following repair of the damage sustained at Pearl Harbor and an overhaul. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rich Weatherly aboard USS Brister

Rich Weatherly aboard USS Brister

Rich Weatherly, 1964 aboard USS Brister (DER-327)


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Re-blog: The Problem of Special Needs Siblings

A guest post by Jennifer Janes

Many of you who follow my blog did so as a result of posts on autism. I want you to  know that my support and advocacy for those affected by autism has not diminished. One of the blogs I follow is authored by Jennifer Janes. Jennifer is the parent of a child with autism. Jennifer and I met at The Gathering of Authors in Texarkana, Texas during the first weekend of November. I’ve since learned she is a prolific blogger who recently posted this article on addressing problems between special needs siblings.

Welcome Jennifer!

Jennifer Janes

The following content is from Jennifer Janes’ blog.

My older daughter is a great kid. After she turned three years old and finally began sleeping, she’s been a pretty easy kid to raise, overall. She is loving, kind, understanding, funny, and smart. So what’s the problem?

The problem is that she’s the sibling of a child with special needs. It took me a while to realize it, but that means she has special needs of her own. As I talk to other special needs parents, I’m beginning to realize this is not unusual.

To read the rest of this post, click here The Problem of Special Needs Siblings



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Reflections on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

by Rich Weatherly

For anyone old enough to remember the JFK assassination it’s one of those significant emotional events we’ll never forget. It’s much like our memory of the attacks on 9/11.

I began my day on Friday November 22, 1963 preparing to return home from the Great Lakes Naval Training Center north of Chicago. Having just completed the US Navy Class A Radar School, I’d packed my sea bag, taken care of last minute administrative details and found myself sitting in the waiting room of the dispensary over the Noon hour, getting ready to retrieve my medical records. Our school was one of many graduating classes at the training center; some returning home while others transferred directly to a new duty station. Conversations centered on plans for the transition. The room filled with the low hum of chatter. Each person waited for his name to be called from a clerk at the front desk. At about 12:30 p.m. someone patched a Chicago radio station broadcast over the public address system.

Dealey Plaza

Dealey Plaza (Photo credit: Miradortigre)

The first announcements only mentioned an attack on the presidential motorcade and that Texas Governor John Connolly had been injured. As the facts began to be sorted out, we learned the truth. Shock and dismay spread across the faces of everyone gathered and the chatter transformed into silence when we learned that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.

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English: John F. Kennedy, former President of the United States. Slightly modified from original (right eye darkened to match brightness of left). Türkçe: John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963), Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’nin 35. Başkanı. 1961 yılında Başkanlık görevine başlayan Kennedy, 1963 yılında hâlâ görevdeyken bir suikast sonucu hayatını kaybetmiştir. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Later that afternoon, I boarded a Santa Fe passenger train on my way to Union Station in Dallas, Texas only a couple blocks from the School Book Depository. The train was scheduled to arrive almost exactly forty-eight hours after the assassination of the president but minutes before arrival at the station, our train pulled off to a siding. When we finally arrived at union station we learned why we were delayed. Jack Ruby had shot and killed the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.

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Ruby shoots Oswald. Robert H. Jackson won the Pulitzer Prize for Photography for this photograph. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That was quite a blight on the six-week leave I’d taken before returning to active duty. Speculation reigned for a time over the meaning of the events that weekend of November 22-24, 1963. The entire nation mourned this popular president, and we watched as the media covered events leading up to his burial in Arlington Cemetery. It’s hard to believe fifty years have passed since the terrible sequence of events.

If you were old enough at the time to remember the impact this  event had on your life, I encourage you to leave a comment. This was a pivotal event in the  history of our country.


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Announcing – So Fell the Sparrow Release Day

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A skeptic, a ghost hunter, a tech genius, and a medium. Will the spirits win?

Today is release day for the highly anticipated haunted romance from bestselling author Katie Jennings, SO FELL THE SPARROW!

Available in both paperback and eBook on Amazon, HERE!
Kindle, HERE

So Fell the Sparrow Cover PRINT copyAfter the tragic death of her parents, Dr. Grace Sullivan inherits more than she bargained for. An empty house she’s never heard of, a nosy neighbor, and the restless spirits of a violent, century old murder.

A hard-nosed skeptic, Grace refuses to believe in ghosts despite hearing sounds and seeing things that can’t be explained.

When she unearths antique furniture from the basement, the spirits become agitated and dangerous. Ian Black and Alex Gallagher, a team of ghost hunters, come in to investigate.

Still denying the paranormal events in her home, Grace can’t bring herself to take the ghost hunters or the psychic medium who teams up with them seriously. As Grace struggles with her grief and the feelings she’s developing for headstrong Ian, the disturbing mystery of the house deepens. Now she’ll have to face the unbelievable before the spirits claim her for their own.

Watch the teaser trailer:

Meet Katie Jennings…

300profilepic1International bestselling Author Katie Jennings is the author of seven full length novels, including the popular fantasy series The Dryad Quartet as well as the bestselling family drama series The Vasser Legacy.

She lives in sunny Southern California with her husband and cat, who both think she’s the biggest nerd ever. She’s a firm believer in happy endings and loves nothing more than a great romance novel.

You can find out more about Katie on her official website,


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Tribute to Veterans Day 2013

By Rich Weatherly

On November 11, 2013 we will once again celebrate Veterans Day. The tradition began with the Treaty 13poster_lowresSmlof Versailles when the Allies and Germany ceased hostilities on the 11th hour of the 11th day of November, 1918.

It was originally called Armistice Day. On January 1, 1954 President Eisenhower signed into law a declaration renaming it Veterans Day in honor of veterans of all wars.

In the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, they call the holiday Remembrance Day. Remembrance Day continues to be celebrated with Poppies in honor of a Canadian poem, “In Flanders Field,” where many poppies bloomed.


Why not take this opportunity to show your appreciation to those serving now and who are currently serving. Both of you will be glad you did.


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4th Annual Gathering of Authors 2013 Charity Event & Book Signing

26 Authors – Vendors – Publishers – Dozens of door prizes – Kid’s Corner – Health Screening – Shirley Franklin Face Painter – FREE Flu Shots

November 1st and 2nd in Texarkana, Texas. GatheringOfAuthors

Dates: November 1st – Charity Dinner 7pm at Texas High Cafeteria

November 2nd – Gathering of Authors Event 10 am – 4 pm

Place: Texas High School Cafeteria – Entrance off Kennedy Lane


Kid’s book DREAM CATCHERS Volume 2 where children will be autographing books they have a story in..”


Join Us! 


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Free Book Promotion via Katie Jennings

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Halloween is almost upon us! Get in the ghostly spirit by downloading Gypsy of Spirits: Prequel to So Fell the Sparrow by bestselling author Katie Jennings for FREE on Amazon from October 21-25.

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Gypsy of Spirits is the prequel short story to So Fell the Sparrow, a haunted romance coming November 21st, 2013. This short story includes an extended preview of So Fell the Sparrow.

While traveling down a lonely highway in the Ozark hills, Jackie Hart stumbles upon the lost spirit of a young woman. A gifted medium, Jackie comforts the spirit while telling the extraordinary tale of her own life.

Click HERE to download for FREE!

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Stay tuned for November 21st, 2013 for the highly anticipated release of So Fell the Sparrow! Watch the trailer below for a teaser!

Meet Katie Jennings…

300profilepic1International bestselling Author Katie Jennings is the author of seven full length novels, including the popular fantasy series The Dryad Quartet as well as the bestselling family drama series The Vasser Legacy.

She lives in sunny Southern California with her husband and cat, who both think she’s the biggest nerd ever. She’s a firm believer in happy endings and loves nothing more than a great romance novel.

You can find out more about Katie on her official website,

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Book Review— Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure

by Dean Koontz

The Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz features a twenty something fry cook who is gifted with special powers and abilities. He’s one of my favorite Dean Koontz characters and Koontz is one of my favorite suspense/thriller authors.

This is one of the shorter books in the Odd Thomas series so I decided to read it before picking up my hardbound copy of Deeply Odd on my nightstand.

I’d read some of the negative reviews about the book so had my guard up while reading. I couldn’t disagree more with the negative reviews. Having read nearly every Dean Koontz book and all prior Odd Thomas books I found several features that I enjoyed. For new readers to the series, it offers a short recap of the original Odd Thomas book then moves on to place Odd in a small dysfunctional community. We learn of a family who is terrorized by a powerful villain who will give Odd one of his biggest challenges yet.

Readers will find a good blend of the mad scientist theme frequently used by Koontz, events related to a black ops government research facility and a terrifying antagonist.

This is a great read and I highly recommend it!
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Clean Indie Reads – It’s-Finally-Fall Sale



From September 18 through 25, Rich Weatherly has joined the Clean Indie Reads Group in a FALL SALE of books.  During this period, Closed Doors, A Trilogy will be free or available for $.99. No need to worry about blood, guts, and scenes that might make grandma blush – Find links to buy 25 books for 99 cents or FREE at

A Measure of Disorder by Alan Tucker 
Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula by Elise Stokes

Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon’s Fury by L. R. W. Lee
Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer
Autumn Magic by Triana Willard
Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse by Ford Forkum
Bible Stories for Grown-Ups by Wilson Harp
The Candle Star Michelle Isenhoff
The Forever Stone by Gloria Repp
Dragon Defense by Diane Rapp
The Havenshire Resistance by Diane Rapp
Her Grace in Disgrace by Claudia Harbaugh
Julianne by Rebekah Lyn
The Lobby by Jase Rosenburg
Love Unfeigned by Nadine C. Keels
Makai Queen by Tara Fairfield
Magian High by Lia London
The Movement of Crowns by Nadine C. Keels
The Movement of Rings by Nadine C. Keels
Murder Caribbean-Style by Diane Rapp
Murder on a Ghost Ship by Diane Rapp
Sacred Spring by DiVoran Lites
Trapped by Gloria Repp
Your Gift to Me by Bonnie Latino & Bob Vale

More about Closed Doors, A Trilogy
“Toxic Situations, A Novella”, is a fast-paced thriller that leads the reader
from Atlanta to Australia on the hunt for stolen capsules containing a deadly
avian flu virus. We follow the adventures of CDC agent Craig Wells Jr. as he
and his partner travel the globe battling warring organized crime figures that
are determined to sell them to the highest bidder or unleash the deadly virus.In “Family Secrets”, the reader is invited to a family gathering where the
stage is set for an unfolding tragedy and the discovery of the horrid truth about
the secrets hidden by seemingly happy families.In the final story of the trilogy, “Thrills at the Esplanade Cinema”, a unique
tale unfolds. What begins as an innocent daily occurrence has the potential to
become a life-ending event that stays with the protagonist.


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New Website by Novelist, Western Historian and Friend Julia Robb

Several months ago I interviewed my friend Julia about her book Scalp Mountain. I’m pleased to announce Julia 1012439_10200980573130615_20148056_nunveiled a new website and blog today. Many of you know Julia. This is a well designed site and it reflects well on her work. I’m honored to share it with my blog followers and visitors. Please check it out and feel free to comment. I know Julia will appreciate it!

Julia Robb — Novelist & Western Historian


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Book Review—Warrior’s Psalm

a Novella by Thomas Rowe Drinkard

review by Rich Weatherly 

A well crafted fantasy thriller

Thomas Rowe Drinkard served as a US Army Special Forces officer in Vietnam. In my opinion, his experience in warriorspsalm 560 x 740combat and as a seasoned writer helped make Warrior’s Psalm one of his most compelling stories yet. The novella opens on a young couple as they complete their final test that will qualify them as members of an elite clan, the Recondos. Freya and Kalev, the young couple and protagonists communicate between one another using telepathy. That gift more than any other will be critical to the success of their mission.

The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting where both sides use high-tech gadgets to sense, track and engage the opposition. You’ll learn of drones that resemble insects, cloaking devices, and instruments that provide secure access to camouflaged safe houses.

Freya and Kalev have grown up together in a close-knit community. While working as partners in combat, we see a warm affectionate bond developing between them. The skills they demonstrate at the end of training exceed the expectations of their mentor and handler. As a result of this success, their first real-world assignment will have the pair extracting an embedded spy from The Hive, an enclave operated by the enemy, The Deciders and Protectors.

Thomas Drinkard blends elements of YA fiction, Science Fiction, and Fantasy to create a thrilling page turner. Character development is well executed and the plot line riveting. If you enjoy good writing, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Book Description

Freya and Kalev are the newest members of an elite warrior clan, the Recondos. They are a unique reconnaissance team. They are true telepaths who can link their minds and
communicate silently, over extended distances.

On their initiation recon, they see the enemies of their civilization for their first time: The Deciders and Protectors. They also witness a brutal execution ordered by the Deciders. 

From that day, their courage and faith will be put to severe tests. They must rely on their gifts to face a cruel enemy and the challenges that young women and men encounter as they begin to mature.

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About Thomas Rowe Drinkard

Thomas Rowe Drinkard was born and reared in Alabama.  He graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in English.  Upon graduation, he was commissioned an Army second lieutenant. Within two years he completed parachute school and was selected for the U.S. Army Special Forces (the Green Berets). He spent more than ten years with the fabled unit.

After his active duty years, he found his way into teaching and writing in the securities exam preparation business. Many of his articles and texts are currently in use.

Tom is now a full-time writer/ part-time editor. He is the author of the novels; Piety and Murder, Where There Were No Innocents, Overload and Devil’s Blade as well as the novellas, V Trooper -First Mission and V Trooper-Second Mission, The Demon. His newest book is the YA novella, Warrior’s Psalm.He is also the author of a chapbook of Vietnam poetry, Finding the Way Home.

A workin progress is scheduled for publication in 2013; A SciFi novel, tentatively titled Swift & Co.


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Denton Poets’ Assembly Meeting Announcement for Aug 17th

DPA logo ProcessBlueThe Denton Poets’ Assembly last met on July 20th.  Members and guests read a Spoon River poem. These poems were fashioned after a style introduced by Edgar Lee Masters in his 1915, Spoon River Anthology.  During the July meeting, J. Paul Holcomb presented a lesson on writing poems in the ballad form. After his presentation, all present were given an opportunity to read a free choice poem.

During our next meeting on Saturday, August 17th  members will read their Ballad poems.

Please feel free to join us!


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Independence Day Week – This Date in History, July 2nd

Independence Day Week – This Date in History, July 2nd
As relevant today as ever.

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Announcing – Poetry Society of Texas Summer Conference 2013

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Notice to poets and lovers of poetry in Texas, you are welcome to attend the Poetry Society of Texas Summer conference. Membership in the Poetry Society is not required.

Announcing the 2013 Poetry Society of Texas Summer Conference, July 12 and 13th.
Refer to the following link for the event flyer and conference schedule of events:

Click here for more conference information.


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Re-Blog: Normandy Invasion— A Day to Remember

Re-Blog of a tribute to those whose heroism and sacrifices lead the way to the defeat of Nazi Germany and helped us ensure freedom in the western hemisphere.
It’s been said, “Freedom isn’t free.” The Normandy Invasion, commonly called D-Day, signaled the beginning of the end of Nazi tyranny and lead to victory in Europe. Of those who fought there, few remain to tell their stories. It is fitting that we continue to honor their sacrifices and heroism.


Rich Weatherly - Author

June 6, 1944

It’s been said, “Freedom isn’t free.” The Normandy Invasion, commonly called DDay, signaled the beginning

Landing craft and tanks at Omaha beach during ...

of the end of Nazi tyranny and freedom in Europe. Of those who fought there, few remain to tell their stories. It is fitting that we continue to honor their sacrifices and heroism.

Allied forces consisting of American, British and Canadian troops made up the main invasion force of over 160,000 ground combatants. Allied Navy and merchants ships numbered more than 5,000. Ships provided transportation and gunfire support during the invasion. At midnight before the amphibious assault, Allied Aircraft and gliders inserted almost 8,000 paratroopers behind enemy lines. This represented the largest armada and invasion force in history. Weather and timing were critical to the success of the mission, so was deception. It had taken nearly five years to reach this point in a war that began in September, 1939 with…

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Q&A with Kourtney Heintz, Author of The Six Train to Wisconsin

post by Rich Weatherly

Friends and fellow bloggers, I’m honored to introduce you to Kourtney Heintz, debut author of The Six Train to Wisconsin. Kourtney has agreed to an interview about her past and about her writing life. Before I start the Q&A, I think this is a good time to introduce your book Kourtney.

Synopsis of Novel: SixTraintoWisconsin1600

When Kai’s telepathy spirals out of control, her husband Oliver brings her to the quiet Wisconsin hometown he abandoned a decade ago, where he must confront the secrets of his past to save their future.

Sometimes saving the person you love can cost you everything. There is one person that ties Oliver Richter to this world: his wife Kai. For Kai, Oliver is the keeper of her secrets.

When her telepathy spirals out of control and inundates her mind with the thoughts and emotions of everyone within a half-mile radius, the life they built together in Manhattan is threatened.

To save her, Oliver brings her to the hometown he abandoned—Butternut, Wisconsin—where the secrets of his past remain buried. But the past has a way of refusing to stay dead. Can Kai save Oliver before his secrets claim their future?

An emotionally powerful debut, The Six Train to Wisconsin pushes the bounds of love as it explores devotion, forgiveness and acceptance.

 The Q&A

Welcome to my blog Kourtney! Before I get into specific questions, are there any general comments you’d like to share as we kick off this interview?

Rich, I’d like to thank you for sharing your blog space with me and for taking the time to interview me. Really appreciate the support you’ve given me and my novel!

RW– When I purchased your book, I couldn’t help but notice the following: The Six Train to Wisconsin, was a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist. Do you have any thoughts on the reason for your book’s early success?

Aw, thank you. I fretted over the book being ready. I sent out my first manuscript too soon and I didn’t want that to happen again. So I took my time with this one. I won several charity auctions to have my first 50-100 pages critiqued by agents, editors, and published authors. I had a few beta readers. I work shopped it. I brought it to writing critique groups. And I listened to the feedback and incorporated it over time. I tried to put my ego aside and make the best book I could make.

I also didn’t try to write to trend. I wrote the story that was inside me. The story I was most passionate about. My characters had lots of quirks and flaws. They were people I could spend years with.

I tried to focus on universal emotions– jealousy, regret, guilt, uncertainty… to tap into things that everyone could relate to. Even the arguments between the husband and wife. I tried to capture what I’d experienced in arguments–where you are having two separate conversations simultaneously and don’t even realize it at the time.

 RW- You mentioned to me that you used genre blending and alternating point of view. Please elaborate.

I don’t write straight genre fiction because I don’t seem to be able to stay within the lines. I know what the expectations of the genre are, but my stories inevitably pass through several genres.

 This one started out with the telepathy being the central story point for the couple, which is why it’s speculative fiction. Later, we learn the husband has a secret about his father whom he’s run from since high school. This introduces a mystery element. The relationship between the husband and the wife skirts along women’s fiction and literary fiction with the in-depth emotions and the beautiful turns of phrase. As the book progresses, a thriller element weaves through the last 100 pages. I didn’t plan any of this. The story just went where it went, and I realize this would be a humdinger to categorize.

 The alternating point of view (POV) was something an agent suggested to me during a revise and resubmit. Originally, I told half the novel from the husband’s POV, a quarter from the wife’s POV, and then alternated chapter by chapter to the end. The agent strongly advised me to alternate POV from the get go, allowing the characters to live and breathe side by side. She thought it would enrich the story. After several months of painful revisions, I completely agree with her.

 Alternating POV is more common in love stories. And at its heart that is what this novel is to me. It’s not all hearts and rainbows. There are misunderstandings and hurt feelings; there are betrayals and heartbreak. Even so, I think all of that is part of the journey of love.

RW- I think it’s fair now for me to refer to you as a successful debut author. What are your writing plans for the future?

Thank, Rich. I’ll take that.🙂

Right now, I’m in promotional mode. I have book tours, blog tours, and lots of social media work to do. But this summer, I plan to start revisions on my YA novel, Reckonings. I have another YA novel that a beta reader is going over for me. That’s on my to do list too. And this fall/winter, I really want to start on the follow up to Six Train.

 RW- Who are your favorite authors?

Charlaine Harris and Laurell K Hamilton are two authors I really love because they do cross genre so well.  

I’m a huge fan of Sue Monk Kidd and Alice Sebold–they have such beautiful writing.  

I also love YA fiction–Jay Asher and John Green move me to tears with their books.

RW- Do you have any recommendations or thoughts to share with aspiring writers?

You may have to hear hundreds of rejections before you get that one yes. That’s okay. It’s all part of the process to make you a better writer. Listen, absorb, and learn. It truly is a craft not a calling. So practice is essential. Keep writing and keep putting your work out there. It’s the only way you’ll ever get that elusive yes.

 And if you are getting lots of personalized rejections on full manuscript requests where they compliment your writing, but telling you they don’t know how to sell it, then it may be the time to consider indie publishing. Because maybe your story is ready, but it’s just not a big enough moneymaker for traditional publishing.



Kourtney Heintz – Author

 Kourtney resides in Connecticut with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, her supportive parents and three quirky golden retrievers. Years of working on Wall Street provided the perfect backdrop for her imagination to run amuck at night, imagining a world where out-of-control telepathy and buried secrets collide.

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Help Support Diabetes Research – AUTHORS GIVE BACK BLOG HOP

Other WG2E Street Team Authors and I have joined together to participate in Brenda Novak’s Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research. We’re offering a Kindle Paperwhite ($119 value), pre-loaded with more than 40 ebooks – romance, suspense, young adult, fantasy, science fiction, paranormal and horror – there’s something here for everyone! There’s also a wall charger included for faster charging of your ereader. The total retail value is $259.

If you haven’t yet heard about Brenda Novak’s Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research, it’s a wonderful event in my opinion and for such a great cause. I myself have diabetes, so finding a cure would be a dream come true. Every year for the past few years, Brenda and her staff have put together a huge auction from May 1st through May 31st. Each year, there are more items to bid on. And each year, the items just get more awesome! They have raised an amazing cumulative total of $1.6 million. This year they’re hoping to surpass the $2 million mark.

There are items for writers such as website design, promo opportunities, agent and editor queries or critiques, author critiques, and conferences, etc. You can bid on sports memorabilia, handmade crafts, jewelry, spa items, vacation/getaway listings and more! You can check out what’s available here. Just click on the “browse” button and find some really cool stuff to bid on. You can also follow along on twitter and facebook to learn about the latest items up for bid.

Even though I’m a writer, I am a reader – first and always. So, I particularly enjoy the “For Readers” section. This year, I’m very proud to be part of a donated item in that section. Our WG2E Street Team donation of a Kindle Paperwhite preloaded with more than forty of our books and a wall charger will be available to bid on MAY 28TH ONLY. Click on that link and you can see all the authors who are participating and all the great ebooks that will come with the Kindle Paperwhite.

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I’ve donated a copy of Closed Doors, a Trilogy, but there is much more as you can see below.

Closed Doors, A Trilogy

The WG2E Street Team Authors have joined together to offer a Kindle Paperwhite ($119 value), pre-loaded with more than 40 ebooks Action, romance, suspense, young adult, fantasy, science fiction, paranormal and horror. There’s something here for everyone! There’s also a wall charger included for faster charging of your ereader.

Included on the Kindle Paperwhite:

Contemporary Romances 

Reckless Nights in Rome (A Ludlow Hall Story) by CC MacKenzie
A Stormy Spring (A Ludlow Hall Story) by CC MacKenzie
Run Rosie Run (A Ludlow Hall Story) by CC MacKenzie
Sexy in Stilettos by Nana Malone
Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone
Sultry in Stilettos by Nana Malone
Mismatch by Nana Malone
Kiss Me, Dancer by Alicia and Roy Street
Love By Design by Liz Matis
Always Remember by Sheila Seabrook
A Valentine Challenge by Kiru Taye
Something to Live For by Natalie G. Owens
Everything to Lose by Natalie G. Owens
The Teacher’s Billionaire: The Sherbrookes of Newport Book 1 by Christina Tetreault
The Billionaire Playboy: The Sherbrookes of Newport Book 2 by Christina Tetreault
The Billionaire Princess: The Sherbrookes of Newport Book 3 by Christina Tetreault

Gothic Romance 
Dark Hero (Reluctant Heroes) by Lily Silver
Bright Scoundrel (Reluctant Heroes Book Two), by Lily Silver

Romantic Suspense 
Lost in Italy by Stacey Joy Netzel

Contemporary Western Romance
Chasin’ Mason by Stacey Joy Netzel

YA Paranormal Romance
Wicked Sense by Fabio Bueno

Regency Romance 
An Exotic Heir by Meredith Bond

Historical Paranormal Romance 
Storm on the Horizon by Meredith Bond

Historical Romance
His Treasure by Kiru Taye

Paranormal Romance 
Big Trouble in China (The Vampyre Legal Chronicles – 1) by CC MacKenzie
Dirty Little Secrets (The Vampyre Legal Chronicles – 2) by CC MacKenzie
Reluctant Revenge, Novella by Xandra James
Eternity of Roses, by Natalie G. Owens

Action/Adventure/ Romance
The Seeds of Time by Faith Mortimer

Urban Fantasy Romance
The Vampire Code, Book 1 in the Fiscard Vampires Series by E.C. Adams

Epic Fantasy/SciFi/Romance
Sword of the Gods: The Chosen One by Anna Erishkigal
Inescapable, Eternelles Book 1 by Natalie G. Owens and Zee Monodee

Erotic Paranormal Romance 
The Blood Bar Chronicles, Book 2 – The Protectors, Anthology by Xandra James

Chick-Lit Humorous Mystery
Bootscootin’ and Cozy Cash Mystery Boxed Set by D.D. Scott

YA Paranormal
Neverlove by Angela Brown

Epic Fantasy/SciFi
Prince of Tyre by Anna Erishkigal

Humorous Mystery
The Cozy Cash Mysteries Boxed Set #1 by D.D. Scott Humorous Paranormal Mystery
The Stuck with a Series Boxed Set #1 by D.D. Scott and David Slegg

Private Deception by Tamara Ward
Closed Doors, a Trilogy by Richard Weatherly
The Assassins’ Village by Faith Mortimer
Predator, A Courting Justice Novella by Rhonda Hopkins

Apocalypstick by Gregory Carrico
Children of the Plague by Gregory Carrico

Tales From The Mist, Anthology by members of the WG2E Street Team

You can find out what the WG2E Street Team is up to at the following:, and on Facebook at

To enter the auction simply click here and follow the instructions. GOOD LUCK!


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Review of Vision of the Griffin’s Heart

by Author L.R.W. Lee

Vision of the Griffin’s Heart is an emotional roller coaster. Andy Smithson is growing up while facing unprecedented challenges.

Vision of the Griffin’s Heart: Teen & Young Adult Griffin Epic Fantasy Book (Andy Smithson 5)

In Book 5 of this Andy Smithson series Andy faces his greatest challenges so far. As the heir apparent to the throan of Oomaldee, he and his family become the primary target of the evil Abbadon. The story opens with Andy and his Mom back in Lakehills, Texas. Andy has been reflecting on events just prior to his leaving Oomaldee about a year earlier when a chest appears near the family mailbox. In it, a letter from this friend Alden and one from Yara Princess of Chromlech. “The two hit it off,” after Hans the healer lead a mission to rescue her from Abbadon.

Shortly thereafter a flock 30 zolts armed with swords appeared, accompanied by a sound like thunder on a clear day. The adventure is on.
Readers of this series by author LRW Lee have come to anticipate a host of challenges, intense battles and on a monumental scale. In Vision of the Griffin’s Heart, you won’t be disappointed.

Not all challenges require physical skills and acumen. As an example, while searching the contents of the attic at his home in Lakehills, Andy finds a parchment, the Prophecy of Deliverance. In the prophesy there’s a mystery. Deciphering the mystery gives clues to his fate. The prophesy begins:



The enemy borne from within appears, casting shadows, darkness, and fear.
He avenges without pity,
makes the Land’s inhabitants quake;
chaos and destruction
ravage in his wake.
Blind to the troika’s beacon,
a glow pierces the night.

This challenge and others provide guidance to Andrew, his friends and allies. Andy receives assistance from: his father, mom, his Mini-Me (sort of like his conscience), the magician Merwin and other leaders. As the story progresses, Andy realizes the people of Oomaldee can’t defeat Abbadon on their own. The allies must build a coalition with friendly states in the area to challenge Abbadon.

LRW Lee draws upon epic fantasies like Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia which to a large extent are based on Nordic myths and the Bible. These writings challenge protagonists to engage enemies in battles of good against evil. The good folks in these stories aren’t super heroes. The draw strength bonds of friendship, the participants working together toward a common goal. Sacrifices are made for the greater good of all. Friends draw upon faith from belief in a higher power, in God, and are guided by representatives of that power.

In this story Andy faces grief as people he loves either die or threatened with death. Through various means he is allowed to view and better understand, life beyond physical life, something that provides comfort if not elimination of grief.

This book shows us a more mature Andy, someone begins to understand the meaning of love and the pain that follows when love is taken away.
Andy Smithson Book 5 advances the ongoing quest as the stakes are raised. For lovers of fantasy, I consider it a must read.

L.R.W. Lee Author Page

LRW Lee author of the Andy Smithson series

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L. R. W. Lee is the author of the Andy Smithson juvenile fiction series of epic fantasy books for kids 9 to 99 including teens and young adult, set in medieval times with knight, magic and mythical adventures. She lives in scenic Austin, TX with her husband and her daughter who is a Longhorn at UT Austin. Her son serves in the Air Force.

Her teen YA fantasy series includes free young adult books. Blast of the Dragon’s Fury, the series starter, is one such Kindle freebie. Lee gives away the first ebook of her teen & young adult books for free in order to let readers sample her work at no risk and so those without a large reading budget can enjoy an epic adventure.

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January 13, 2016 · 9:43 am