About Dogs, God and Politics

In my quirky novella with its even quirkier title The Sixth Day, a 17,175-Page Novella About Creation and Prizefighting, I suggested that God should have quit creating after he made his perfect creation, the dog.  I feel more strongly about it today in an America where partisan politics strangle the common man and attempt to …

Amazing Stories from the Desert: Project Corona

I have recently been hawking the authentic picture of Bigfoot my wife captured on film during a recent hike in the Casa Grande Mountains.  No takers.  Go figure. Yesterday, I hiked the North Picacho Mountains searching for petroglyphs with my friends Chuck and Kurt.  While we found a treasure trove of petroglyphs, the highlight had …

Fortuitously Serendipitous

Fortuitous and serendipitous.  Two of my favorite words.  The one, happening by chance; the other, occurring by chance in a happy or beneficial way.  Regardless of word choice, I am fortuitously and serendipitously lucky to be living in the home that found me and Mrs. tVM across the street from the Highland Manor Park when …

Another Light in the Heart of Darkness

My new novel, The Faith of Job is now available. I invite you to click the cover and experience the story that has been an intimate part of my life since the first seed was planted over two years ago in the winter of 2018. Set in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands in WWII, The Faith of …

Walking with Thoreau

From Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Walking” published in The Atlantic Monthly, June 1862. “I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of walking, that is, of taking walks…” “He who sits still in a house all the time may be the greatest vagrant of …

Well-Being

Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss equates ‘glow’ with fervor and joy. This morning, I bask in the glow of accomplishment.  Twenty-five months after writing the first sentence, I can call my seventh novel complete… “Until the railroad comes in 1863, Amersfoort claims nothing of particular importance other than, perhaps, the Tower of Our Lady, one of …