gratitude journal

February 28, 2024

The American Teen Who Became a World War II Hero (magazine article from London)

The American. magazine is a British publication for ex-pats. In their January-February 2024 issue, they ran an article about my father’s WWII exploits and heroics that I […]
February 27, 2024

February 27, 1944 – Dad writes home from Anzio

From February 23-28, the 3rd Infantry Division continued to hold on to all positions and the usual aggressive patrolling was carried out. … The enemy was […]
February 26, 2024

My “Ask Dr. Walt” column in Today’s Christian Living on Acupuncture, Cooking Oils, and Vitamin Water

I enjoy being penning a bi-monthly column for the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine. I forgot to post the September 2023 issue where I addressed Acupuncture, […]
February 24, 2024

February 24, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero’s men comment of their first days on the front-line in war

Young men made many many discoveries in the first few days of combat, about war, about themselves, and about others on the front line in World […]
February 23, 2024

February 23, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero’s faces his first death on the front line at Anzio

The following night in shivering rain, Phil accompanied his men in his A&P platoon on his first mission to the front lines in World War II: […]
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 […]
November 24, 2008

Being thankful can make you healthier, happier

Here’s a excerpt from two of my books, 10 Essentials of Highly Healthy People and God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Person. You can find my […]
January 10, 2011

Research suggests grateful people are healthier

In my book 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy I discuss the cutting-edge research demonstrating that people who are more grateful are […]
November 22, 2011

The health benefits of being thankful

There are many ways to develop a positive attitude, but one easy way to begin is with the habit of giving thanks. Here’s an excerpt on […]
November 23, 2011

Giving thanks isn’t just pious or polite. It’s good for you

Kim Painter, a columnist for USA Today wrote a column reminding each of us of the potential health value of thanksgiving: Thursday, in between the cheese ball […]
November 23, 2011

Do you give thanks in ALL things?

Barb and I support a wonderful missionary couple, Brian and Christy Lewis, who work with Wycliffe International in southeast Asia. Recently, the Lewis family has wrestled with illness and […]
November 23, 2022

The Gratitude Antidote

There are many ways to develop a positive attitude, but one easy way to begin is with the habit of giving thanks. Here’s an excerpt on […]