Tag: Laura

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...

Beatrix Potter

In 1893, a woman wrote and story as a gift for her former governess’ son.  The book was “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” and the writer was a woman named Beatrix Potter.  She also illustrated the book. Miss Potter grew up in a privileged home and was privately tutored. ...

Remembering Ernest Hemingway

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know I have an undying respect for the author Ernest Hemingway.  He is the inspiration for my writing.  Even after all these years, I remember sitting in fourth period English class reading “For Whom The Bell Tolls.”...

Introducing “The Tenth Nail”

Murder is not difficult to solve, most of the time.  Most people who are murdered are killed by friends, or in some cases, family.  If a wife is murdered, the first suspect is always the husband and vice versa.  Let’s face it, it takes a lot of hate to...

With Fans Like You

“Hey, Big Bro, what’cha up to?” “Workin’ hard, how about you?” “The same.  Got a few minutes thought I’d call and see how you’re doin’.” “Really good, but swimming in work.  Got a new book coming out in about four weeks.  Trying to get ready for that.” There was...

Eight Second Eternity

I separate myself, as best I can, from the commotion.  Above me, an unseen announcer welcomes the crowd.  His inane drivel magnified by cone-shaped speakers is intermittently mixed with old country songs played too loud.  Around me, there is a confusion of alleys, pens, and box like chutes.  The...

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...

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...

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...

Gunny C. Part Two

Gunny C was a Marine. He was a cook, by training, and a good one. He was the NCOIC (Noncommissioned Officer In Charge) of one of the best run dining facilities on Camp Lejeune. He and the unit had received several compliments, “Atta-boys,” and Letters of Recognition. Gunny C...