The Shores of Tripoli

Summary In the year 1800, Thomas Jefferson was the President of the United States (U.S.). He was a founding father of our fledgling nation, a principal author of the Declaration of Independence Now, he was the elected leader of a people who had severed ties with the most powerful empire on planet Earth. He was…

No Lazy Money

Summary Most people have heard the saying: “You have to have money in order to make money.” Essentially, that statement describes an investment, a stake, or more accurately, capital. Unless you were born to a wealthy family, a family that practices disciplined conservative investing, or unless you were blessed by some windfall of unearned income,…

St. George

Summary St. George, Utah is one of the fastest growing retirement locations in the United States. Once called the “Dixie” of Utah because of a cotton-growing experiment, this southwestern Utah town sits near Interstate Highway Fifteen (I-15) today. Because the locale has appealed to the Baby Boom generation, both as a vacation spot and as…

Steeple Morden

Summary Recently, public attention has been given to “The Greatest Generation” of Americans. They are the American World War II generation, so dubbed by former NBC television news anchorman, journalist, and author Tom Brokaw. While much justifiable attention has been given to veteran reunions and family visits to the French beaches of Normandy, that is…

Dear Writer: Your Book is a Product

Summary Writers are artists. Whether they write to entertain or to inform, they tend to be sure-footed and independent presenters of a product. Such traits often hinder new writers of a major literary work, such as a novel. The Reader’s Point of View You have an idea that you wish to turn into a novel,…

Frog Level

Summary One does not expect a pond filled with frogs to tell a drunk man how to name the pond. Yet, it happened in South Carolina. Frog Level A pre-1827 settler built a combination homestead and general store near a wilderness pond northwest of Columbia, which is now the capital of the state, but was…

The American Pride

Summary Pursue your idea. Inspiration comes to us under many circumstances. We can be in a business meeting, attending a family event, eating lunch, and we can have an inspiring idea while we are under stress. Sometimes, we awaken with a thought that has purcolated while we slept. This has happened to you and it…