A Foreigner in a Native Land

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  We rented a car in France. Several friends had urged us to make the drive along the Normandy coast ourselves, rather than to rely on a tour bus. That made the most sense, anyway, because I was conducting research for the sequel to Mother of Rain and needed to get to St.-Mere-Eglise, the village [Read More...]

The duty of a journalist

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I have been in France for the past week, and in Germany the week before that, so I’ve had little time for paying attention to the news. It’s not that I have purposely avoided the news. It’s just that with so much beauty and history to consume, it’s difficult to find the time for news. [Read More...]

The Creative’s Path

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Whenever people ask how I became a writer I tell them Vietnam made me a writer.   I have met people who don’t get it, the way my identity as a writer, as a person, is so intricately shaped by war. The Vietnam war of all things. I was nearly 40 before I found a way [Read More...]


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