A Genealogical and Historical Drama
Cruel Irony - Triumphs and Tragedies of a Modern Woman is the story of a family coming to Canada in 1855, following new opportunities to the U.S. in 1870, and settling on the Kansas prairies. And that was the easy part.
The heroine, Esther E. Johnson, overcame setback after setback, explored post- World War I freedoms, and became a respected nurse. Her life was cut short in the most surprising manner possible. A cruel irony indeed.
A Genealogy Store
This book started as a research project of a family member whose life was surrounded by conflict and controversy from her earliest times.
Intrigued by entries from my mother's 1945 diary, I began to research her aunt, Esther Johnson, whose story was only in family lore, yet appeared to be a dramatic account of the times - and unfortunately many family conflicts.
Released in 2015, Cruel Irony is available in print and Kindle ebook.
An Honest Yet Funny Look at The Absurd Side
FUBAR 2.0 – A Soldier's Insight into Military Chaos, released in 2014. It is an honest and humbling visit to the military's absurd side. Though, along with the humorous accounts are some sad stories, and some that are shocking.
FUABR experiences are a part of a serviceman's or woman's life. FUBAR even shapes their character. Understanding how these events happen will help understand the soldier, sailor, marine, and airman.
A Soldier's FUBAR Tales
The book chronicles two years of FUBARs that snake through induction, basic and infantry training, nuclear warhead security, deployment to Germany, and the last leg of my world tour, Vietnam.
The book is entertaining and funny, much at my expense, yet it unveils many military absurdities, some shocking; and open a window to the experiences of veterans you know, past and present; hopefully illuminating and appreciating the situations they encountered. Understanding the absurdities they fought and embraced can explain a lot about what shaped their character.