A Unique Stocking Stuffer

Carl and I have been friends for a dozen years or so.  During that time, I helped him write and manage the website for his homeless shelter in Tucson.  Earlier this year, Carl found his way to Prescott, Arizona.  He called me in September and asked if I could help him with a website for …

Thanksgiving

There is no holiday equal to the Thanksgiving of my youth.  It was a grand affair when women wore dresses and men wore suits and ties.  As the New England weather cooled and the last brown, dry leaves fell from the maple trees, Halloween a pleasant memory, I looked forward to Thanksgiving at Babcie’s with …

Raising Decent Human Beings

Mrs. tVM and I have raised four children, three sons and one daughter.  They are good people, and each makes the world a better place in his or her own way. Recently, middle son Brad participated in a podcast on Mathew Blades’ website “Learn from People Who Lived It.”  According to the website, Learn From …

Toyland

Fifteen years ago, I began work on my second novel which was published in 2010 as The Hamsa.  I still refer to it as ‘my holocaust story’ although it covers 26 years from 1918 to 1944 and the protagonist is a Polish gentile, Bronisław Czech, the 349th person incarcerated in Auschwitz. I pride myself in …

History and Space Exploration

My two favorite areas of knowledge to study are history and space exploration.  I think it is not coincidental that I live in the open desert with minimal light and noise pollution less than 20 miles south of the Casa Grande National Monument, a group of Hohokam structures dating back to the 12th century.  Twenty …

Hank Eichin Enters God’s Hall of Fame

I was schooled in sportsmanship by my father and a series of great coaches that started with Tom Farley at Pomeroy Elementary School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts during the 50s, then Rudy Benedetti at Pittsfield High School in the 60s, and culminated with Hank Eichin at the Air Force Academy in the late 60s and early …

Dealing with Cancer, #8 Post-Chemo

Lesson #8, the 2 to 1 thumb rule One month of chemo treatment requires two months of recovery. I am pleased that readers have found value in the series of articles we’ve posted regarding the cancer journey.  Because of that positive feedback, I’m sharing a new experience with post-chemotherapy. In lesson #7 – 5 weeks …

Chosen

I learned of a potential physical challenge a year ago in August 2022.  From the beginning, I have prayed the leper’s prayer, which he pleaded to Jesus, “If you choose, you can make me clean.”  From the beginning, I believe I was chosen to be made clean. That conviction was validated yesterday morning when I …