Writing

February 22, 2024

February 22, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero meets his A&P platoon

Ross Calvert, Phil’s good friend from Officer Candidate School two years before, walked him into the building, where Phil’s men rose to attention. “At ease!” Ross […]
February 21, 2024

February 21, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero arrives at his new battalion on Anzio

In the middle of February, the weather turned rainy, and the wind was sharp and ice-cold. Phil and the other men were a miserable bunch, and […]
February 20, 2024

February 20, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero arrives at his new unit on Anzio

Phil was one of 182 men (17 officers and 165 enlisted men, including men returning from the hospital) who received slips indicating they would be replacements […]
February 19, 2024

February 19, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero ships out to Anzio

On February 19, 1944, Phil received his orders to report to the 30th Infantry Regiment on the Anzio Beachhead. Late that afternoon, he hopped aboard a truck […]
February 18, 2024

February 18, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero rides a master dressage stallion — Magellan

Phil returned the next day and began instruction with the master and one of his apprentices, Antonio, who was bilingual. “He wants you to mount one […]
February 17, 2024

February 17, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero meets a dressage master

After arriving on the docks at Naples, the ever-present Army 6×6 trucks were waiting to take Phil and the other second lieutenants to the Replacement Depot, […]
February 16, 2024

February 16, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero’s future units pinned down on Anzio

On February 16, 1944, the Germans had completely surrounded the Allies that were pinned down on the Anzio Beachhead — which the men quickly named ‘The […]
February 15, 2024

February 15, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero ships out to Naples

In Oran, Phil was among 200 infantry lieutenants who boarded the Highland Queen, a small British steamer bound for Naples, Italy. He was part of a […]
April 14, 2023

The Writer’s Studio 01 – My Interview with Mega-Best-Selling Author: Jerry B. Jenkins (Part 1 of 2)

Join me as I visit with my dear friend, Jerry B. Jenkins, author of the bestselling “Left Behind” series, to hear about the highs and lows […]
April 21, 2023

The Writer’s Studio 02 – My Interview with Mega-Best-Selling Author: Jerry B. Jenkins (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 2 of my interview with mega-bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins, he shares some of his favorite tips for writers of all ages and stages. […]
April 28, 2023

The Writer’s Studio 03 – My Interview with Super Author Agent Alex Field

An advocate for authors and a veteran of book publishing, Alex Field shares his advice on undertaking the long journey from dreaming about writing a book, […]
May 1, 2023

Monthly Family Update – May 2023

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: New Blog Launch was Successful “Ask Dr. Walt” Q&As in Today’s Christian Living “Vaccine News You Can Use” […]
May 5, 2023

The Writer’s Studio 04 – My Interview with Best-Selling Author Jerry B. Jenkins and his Super Agent Alex Field

Can an aspiring writer afford NOT to have an agent? Mega bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins and his literary advocate and super agent Alex Field return […]
May 12, 2023

The Writer’s Studio 05 – My Interview with Journalist Patricia Raybon (Part 1)

Have you thought about writing a book? Join me as I visit with award-winning journalist, essayist, and professor Patricia Raybon to discuss her career-changing decision to […]