Tag: A Higher Calling

Heard A Good Book Lately?

Like many, I set goals for the coming year.  Last year, 2016, (had to write that one more time) I set the goal to convert all my novels into audiobooks.  I came up a little short, only six of the eight were finished by the time the ball dropped. ...

Sam and Laura have a Voice

Sam and Laura have a voice and that voice belongs to Joseph R. Durika. The story of Sam and Laura is told in a trilogy of novels; The Law of Moses, A Higher Calling, and Vengeance Is Mine.  Sam and Laura are two people who come of age just...

Spring 1862 No. 10

In the year of 1862, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was split by war. This is her journal; these are her journeys.     Dear Brothers, March is here and spring has truly blessed us with its presence.  As the days lengthen and the sun seemed...

Spring 1862 No. 9

In the year of 1862, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was split by war. This is her journal; these are her journeys.     Dear Brothers, Do not be mistaken, the snow is still deep and the mountain paths we walked to pick berries are still...

Flash Fiction – 1968

From time to time, I am invited to compete in writing contests. I have never done so, until now and I thought I’d share it with you. My submission is for a “Flash Fiction”contest. The piece can be no longer than five hundred words, must use the included photo...

Summer 1861 No. 8

In the summer of 1861, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was preparing for war. This is her journal; these are her journeys.   Dear Brothers, I have concluded I live a dual existence. Tonight, I sit on the front porch, the same front porch father...

Gunny C.Part Four

“I realize I have a drinking problem and I am asking for help to stay sober today.” With these words, or words very much like them, Gunny C stepped forward and received a white plastic disk about the size of a poker chip. Gunny C accepted his first “surrender...

Summer 1861 No 7

In the summer of 1861, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was preparing for war. This is her journal; these are her journeys.     Dear Brothers, Please don’t think me weak or without resolve. Winter is coming and after only a single campaign season, I...

Gunny C. Part Three

Long before C even thought of joining the Marine Corps, he was a boy growing up in Birmingham, Alabama. He was tall, for his age, the bulk of him I knew wouldn’t develop until later in his life. He was embarrassed of his large hands and over-sized feet. He...

Summer 1861 No 6

In the summer of 1861, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was preparing for war. This is her journal; these are her journeys.   Dear Brothers, As you know, I am attempting to record my thoughts, feelings and prayers to share with you both, upon your...