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Dependent on Independence

I have met many people who tell me in either words or body language that they value their independence above all else. When self-reliance becomes our highest ideal, though, is that not being dependent on independence? On the eve of Independence Day here in the US, I am especially drawn to this idea. Independence implies liberty. Whether as a nation or an individual, to be dependent on no one means having total freedom. When our freedom is threatened, we tend…

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The Best is Yet to Come

A few weeks ago, I stretched myself creatively by singing a classic Frank Sinatra song at karaoke night: “The Best is Yet to Come.” Until then, my singing repertoire included mostly classic rock and modern country music. It was time, however, for me to try something different, and this song had a message for me. For the past year, I have been using three things as healthy distractions to help me overcome grief: singing, learning to play the guitar, and…

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Find a Better Planet

Are you ready to “find a better planet?” Planet of Eden officially launches today! Available on Amazon and through booksellers everywhere, this novel will transport you to a world where the impossible is possible, perfection has been preserved, and the lost can be found. Experience this story of adventure through the eyes of its characters. A secret alien mission. An accidental abduction. A forced trip to an unbelievable world. If Eden still existed, would you want to find it? This…

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People Love UFOs

Why another book about UFOs and alien abductions? That’s easy: people love UFOs. We enjoy the mysterious. We like to speculate and dream. We wonder what else might be beyond our beautiful, blue planet. Yes, the UFO craze is still alive and well, my friends. I have been writing about it in this blog for several years now. That is partly from a personal fascination, but I also do it to show how UFOs are still a hot topic. My…

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Here It Comes

Many authors describe publishing a book in terms of pregnancy; you have conception, gestation, development, labor, and then—“Here it comes!”—the birth. I’ve been through two pregnancies and have two wonderful sons to show for it. Alright, so I was not the one who actually carried them for nine months, but, as a father, I had an important role to play just the same. Today, I am the one giving birth—to a 500-page novel that was conceived nearly twenty years ago,…

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By Its Cover

You’ve heard the saying often enough: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Yet we all make judgements based on outward appearances, don’t we? It is a difficult thing to avoid, especially for visual learners, astute observers, artists, and those who just seem to have been hardwired with aestheticism. For example, how do you not make a judgement when presented with something beautiful? Beauty must be appreciated before it becomes beautiful. The idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover,”…

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Beauty from Brokenness

I recently learned an important lesson from someone very special to me: beauty can come from brokenness. “Here,” she said jokingly, placing a red, plastic shard into my hand. It was a piece of her damaged tail light. We had been talking about how a careless driver clipped the corner of her Ford F-150, denting the fender and cracking the big lens. “Aww. Thanks!” I said in mock appreciation. I had no idea then that her funny gesture was about…

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A Christmas Invasion

For over two thousand years, humanity has been celebrating an invasion from outside of our world: we call it Christmas. That’s an interesting thought, right? Today, we debate about the existence of extraterrestrial, intelligent life—that is, intelligent life on other planets. Some people are convinced that it must be out there somewhere. Others are doubtful, and still others completely reject the notion. Beyond the historic debates, now we’ve become worried about how this could affect our national security. If aliens…

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Thankful…Anyways

Expressing gratitude when things are going your way is easy. Being thankful anyways…that’s stepping up. I want to send some encouragement out to you if you’re struggling with the whole idea of “thanksgiving.” In just a few days here in the U.S., we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving Day, an official holiday originally established by America’s first President, George Washington, in 1789. Despite all the pre-Christmas cheer already in full swing, Thanksgiving Day still gets its time of celebration.  I used to…

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Trick and Treat

It is not often during Halloween that one receives a trick and treat. Usually, if you are of the age of going door to door seeking candy, or to a special event that includes sweet giveaways, you expect only the treat. Tricks come only from pranksters and grumps, and it is quite obvious which houses in the neighborhood to avoid. I thought about the idea of “trick and treat” after reading an October 30, 2023 article about well-known actress Goldie…

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