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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Adirondack Bear Tale #9: A Trip to the Laundromat!

Laundry time is always such a thrill in the Adirondacks. For us, it meant a trip to Raquette Lake Village and the laundromat at the Raquette Lake General Store. As kids we would hang out in the store or on the village dock, or play in the old ice storage sheds (the sheds are long…

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Adirondack Bear Tale #8: Campfire BBQ Chicken

Grandma Gilbert’s Campfire BBQ Chicken It was a nice cool Adirondack evening.  Therefore, Grandma Gilbert decided to make campfire BBQ chicken using the outside fireplace behind the camp. This way they could be outside to enjoy the cool evening air. There would also be less mess to clean up in the kitchen after dinner. Grandpa…

Old three-toes was an old black bear with a sour disposition.

Adirondack Bear Tale #7: The Demise of Old Three-toes!

The Demise of Old Three-toes. Three-toes was a grouchy, old bear. He was also big for a black bear. Folks around Burketown who occasionally spotted him estimated he might weigh between 450 and 500 pounds. This is fairly large for an Adirondack black bear. You knew when old three-toes was poking around from his distinctive tracks.…

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How You Can Learn From a Good Review!

Honest reviews offer insights into your work that you can learn from! Douglas C Gilbert (no relation) recently reviewed Serpents Underfoot on both GoodReads and Amazon.com giving it 4 Stars. It was an honest and fair review which I appreciated very much. It is a review I can learn from. One comment he made to…

Warriors, even peaceful ones, do not quit.

Martial Maxims: Never Quit, Never Surrender!

You will not succeed if you quit! “Fall down seven times, stand up eight,” is an ancient Japanese proverb that relates to our attitude towards failure. Master Tatutso Shimabuku, the founder of the Isshin-ryu Karate system, was fond of saying this to his U.S. Marine Corps students. It means to not to let ourselves be beaten…

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Mary Enck: A Review of Serpents Underfoot

Thank you, Mary Enck, for your fantastic review! Mary Enck is the author of, A King in Time II. Mary Enck attended UCLA and holds an MFA in Creative Writing. She enjoys reading Fantasy and Science Fiction and has a new love for Mystery/Thrillers. Latest character crush is Jack Reacher. A native of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and…

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Adirondack Bear Tale #6: Aunt Betty Swats a Bear

Toasting Marshmallows at Uncle Wagner’s Camp! Our camp sat near the end of Burketown Road near the Miller’s old camp and Jack Camp’s old place. Jack Camp, a permanent resident, was the local coroner and constable, and kept an eye on things for those of us who owned summer camps in the area. Across the…