I am an author, blogger and an un-apologetically patriotic American. I enjoy martial arts, shooting sports and writing. I currently live in Cary, NC with my German Shepherd named Sophie.

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Bullies: A Very Valuable Lesson!

Judy Guion published a post on her blog, “Greatest Generation” Life Lessons, that really struck a chord with me. The bullying that goes on today has reached epic proportions. In fact, today we have a new special breed of bullies! We have adults, people who are supposedly intelligent and rational, people who are supposedly journalists,…

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Character Assassination vs. Death Penalty

Character assassination has become the tool “du jour” for low information individuals struggling to make political points. Happily, it often blows up in their faces. It is scary to me that people are okay with this and even participate. Mitch Teemley published this great post on his blog, The Power of Story. The New Death…

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Inspiration: The Story Behind Serpents Underfoot.

Why do authors write what they write? In discussions with some of my readers, the inspiration behind my military action thriller Serpents Underfoot comes up quite often. When I think about it, there are several factors that inspired me to write this novel. While inspiration can certainly come from a lot of places, I will…

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ONE LUCKY BEAR: A Raquette Lake Bear Tale

A great little story of one lucky young bear! I stumbled on this wonderful tale over at Charles H. Eldridge’s blog, Adirondack Native Photography! You should check it out (both the blog and the story)! This young black bear was one lucky bear. “RAQUETTE LAKE BEAR ENCOUNTER” A great post by Charles H. Eldridge One…

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Adirondack Bear Tales Gets First 5 Star Review

“An Unbearably Good Book!” A reader who did not leave a name just gave Adirondack Bear Tales its first review … Five Stars. So, thank you whoever you are. I am glad the stories were enjoyable! Here is the text of the review: DC Gilbert has done a masterful job of recreating the Adirondack camping…

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The British Supermarine Spitfire of WW II

Hero of the Battle of Britain Dirk DeKlein over at History of Sorts has a great little post on the British Supermarine Spitfire which was one of the best fighter planes of WW II. The story goes that Hermann Goering, head of the Luftwaffe, asked two of his generals, General Galland and General Molders, what…

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Marketing your book with Instagram

Self-published indie authors are always looking for new ways to begin marketing themselves and their books. There are several tools available for this purpose. Instagram is one such tool. Can you market your book with Instagram? The short answer is … yes. You certainly can. However, you do have to understand a few things. You…

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Biology of Bears: #1 New Release

Adirondack Bear Tales takes the #1 spot for New Releases in two categories! I released my collection of short stories about true encounters with black bears in the Adirondack Park of upstate New York in Early December. A friend contacted me and told me he’d seen that it made the #1 New Release in the…

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Hiking in Bear Country: Rotating Barrel Reduces Recoil

A good friend of mine recently went hiking in Colorado bear country. Hiking in regions inhabited by bears that can be aggressive in nature comes with risks. These more aggressive bears include Brown, Kodiak and Grizzly bears. It therefore pays to take precautions. Bear repellent sprays can certainly help. Many hikers also carry “bear pistols”…