Showing posts from June, 2012


First of all, thank you to everyone for their kind comments and reviews for THE SHELTERING TREE. I really do think I have the best fans in the world and I really appreciate your support. The internet is full of things you could spend your hard earned money on and I'm honored that you've trusted me to spend it on my books. If you follow me very much, you know that I recently took up golf. After more than four months into this journey I can say with certainty that I ALMOST have a swing and soon, I (with the help of my instructor of course) will start working on actually hitting the ball. It is a challenging, frustrating, and complex game but the act of learning it has also shown me the parallels between it and the art of learning to write. Writing is a lot like golf: it takes time. There are few writers out there who just sat down one day and wrote a masterpiece right out of the chute. Most successful writers have dribbled out a lot of bad prose from the ends of their pens an

A Father's Day Letter

Dear Dad: You've been gone 31 years now and you are still missed by us. I hope I've made you proud. I know that it seemed that everything you taught me went in one ear and out the other but it didn't. Your lessons to me ring as true now as they ever did and it is a constant reminder of how wise you were. You not only taught but you walked those lessons as well. Your examples of faith, honesty, fairness, hard work, and most of all the Golden Rule, have stuck with me through 31 years of school, the military, marriage, fatherhood, and my career. Not a day goes by that you don't cross my mind and whenever I hear people complain about their dads, I think what I would give to see you for five minutes. Your grandkids would have loved to have met you and you would love them, I know. You would be so proud. Happy Father's Day, Dad. May you be residing in God's arms today and may you never forget how much I love and miss you. Rick