Each of my parents joined the Air Force immediately after graduating from high school, my mother from the hills of eastern Kentucky and my father from Columbus, Georgia. They each had their own reasons for joining the military. Probably escape more than adventure.

They met each other at a military…

Happy New Year!

My family and I discovered Forged in Fire on Netflix over the break. It is like Project Runway or Top Chef, but for bladesmiths. In the first round, the bladesmiths are given pieces of metal, which could be anything from cylinders of steel to an old pickup…

Chapter 3 Table for Four

I was the first one to the restaurant.

“The lunch crowd is usually busy, but we reserved the table for your party in the back.”

The hostess prattled on, her voice reaching my ears in waves of clarity dependent on the turn of her head…

I am not sure how old I was when it started. It quickly became a part of my nighttime routine though.

My brother and I were raised to be pajama-wearers. Every Christmas, we received pajama sets — both shorts and a shirt. In those days, the shirts were button up…

The very first ‘copier’ I used as a teacher was actually a mimeograph machine. The magic of the mimeograph was the smell of the paper after the drum printed all the copies. There are not many things better than the smell of a recently purpled set of tests. While the…

“Kiss from a Rose” played on the radio this morning while taking my kids to school. “Hey, that’s the Batman song!” came from the back seat. Yeah, the Batman song.

Actually, my Batman. Michael Keaton is my Batman. He is the hero who fought Jack Nicholson, who, by the way…

Hearing Neal Shusterman describe his new young adult novel Scythe was all the convincing I needed to buy it. I cleverly disguised my own interest in the book by suggesting to my wife it be a Christmas gift for my sixteen year old son. If you have a teenage son…

Writing is both an art and a craft. Kindergarten writing for teachers is an exercise in patience. When Kindergarten teachers meet to talk about writing, there is quite a bit of consoling going on with a smatter of celebration. As the year progresses, more celebration than consolation occurs. …

Wes Gordon

Some people read. All writers read. Some readers write. He reads a lot. He writes a little. But wants to write a little more. Just a little more.

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