Aug 022020
 

Several readers have commented on my new book Tinder Street and the historical facts mentioned in it, saying they learned something new. One reader noticed I used the expression “Hun” and was curious where I came up with that, since only a limited contingency  Hungarian regiment was involved in the Western Front in WW I, […]

Silver Wings

 Posted by at 1:11 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 072020
 

Ever since we started traveling this wonderful country of ours, a trip to the National Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio had been on our bucket list. When we did go there, it was everything we expected, and more! The Air Force Museum houses what must be one of the […]

Jun 072020
 

Publishing small-town newspapers on the Pacific Northwest coast and in Arizona was a lot of fun, and I like to think that sometimes my publications made a difference in the communities they served. I gained a reputation for stepping on toes, and that was all right with me because sometimes those toes really needed to […]

A Hero’s Grave

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 052020
 

In a small church cemetery alongside a road in rural Middlesex County, Virginia, we came across the grave of a true American hero. Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller was a small-town boy who went on to become one of the most decorated United States Marines that ever lived. Puller was born and raised on the bank […]

The Blue Ghost

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
May 272020
 

After a lifetime of dedicated service to her country, one of America’s greatest warships is now a floating museum, dedicated to informing the public of her proud heritage and the history of Naval aviation. The Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-16), known as The Blue Ghost, was the fifth ship named in honor of the […]

Marblehead Lighthouse

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
May 092020
 

Standing regally on a point of land at the entrance to Ohio’s Sandusky Bay, Marblehead Lighthouse has guided ships and sailors safely along the rocky shoreline of Lake Erie for nearly 185 years. Noted for its beauty by artists and photographers, this grand old structure is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes, […]

Historic Fort Revere

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 122020
 

Overlooked and unknown to visitors who come to Boston, Massachusetts to see the historic sites related to Colonial America and the American Revolution, the remnants of a fort on a small peninsula on the south side of Boston Harbor date back to the War for Independence. The area now known as Telegraph Hill, in the […]

The Boy Soldier

 Posted by at 1:43 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 242020
 

Some called him the boy soldier, and I guess that’s applicable since he was just a boy, like so many who have answered their country’s call to duty. And like so many of those who did before and after him, he grew up very quickly on the battlefield, his boyhood gone forever. But this boy, […]

Mar 232020
 

“Grandpa what did you do during the big coronavirus isolation of 2020?” Well, kiddies, grandpa didn’t act a fool like some people, running around grabbing all the toilet paper and cleaning supplies he could find and hoarding them, or hanging out with crowds of people at the beaches and bars. No, grandpa was home writing. […]

FDR Memorial

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 152020
 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of America’s most beloved presidents, and the only man to hold the nation’s top office for four terms. He was a father figure to all of America, pulling us out of the Great Depression and seeing us through the darkest days of World War II. His Fireside Chats were an […]

Real Or Not, I Like It

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 122020
 

I have mentioned before that I collect police badges, and I occasionally pick one up in our travels. A while back I got something from an elderly gentleman I know in Texas, and while I’m not sure if it is authentic or not, I like it and the story that went with it is very […]

Fort Worden State Park

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 052019
 

We’ve visited Port Townsend, Washington many times and always enjoy browsing the shops along Water Street and the beautiful views of the mountains and boats on the waterfront, but for some reason we had never stopped to check out Fort Worden State Park. I’m glad we finally did because this historic fort, perched on a […]

The Trip Home, Day #3

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 172019
 

Note: I have already shared some of our activities while we were in Ohio and the trip there from Florida in previous blog posts. Now I will do several posts telling you a bit about our trip home. We were glad we got out of the Midwest when we did because winter arrived about the […]

Veterans Day

 Posted by at 8:22 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 112019
 

In yesterday’s blog I said that today I would talk about our return trip from Ohio to Florida. But instead, I want to share some thoughts on veterans and Veterans Day. My family has a long tradition of military service. At least two great grandfathers that I know of were in the Civil War. Yes, […]

Tuskegee Airmen

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 312019
 

Imagine being a young person who wants to serve your country in time of war. Imagine having to fight just to enlist, and then proudly wearing your uniform to town on your first pass and having people curse you, spit on you, and throw things at you. How would that make you feel about the […]

An American Hero

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 052019
 

Given the patriotic theme of this week, I wanted to repeat a blog from a few years ago about one of the men who fought to give us the freedoms we have in the country. On a trip through South Bend, Washington, I stopped to pay my respects to an old friend. Bob Bush owned […]

Homeward Bound

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 172019
 

We spent five days in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with my son Travis and his wife Geli, touring the area for blog fodder and introducing people at libraries and stores to my books. But all good things must come to an end, and before we knew it was time to head home to Florida. We left Wednesday […]

Apr 212019
 

I have been a gun guy and a history buff for all my life, and over the years I have owned more guns than I can count. My first gun was an old Stevens Favorite trapdoor single shot .22 rifle I got when I was about eight years old. I got my first handgun, a […]

Soon, I Promise

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 092019
 

I have received a number of emails and messages wanting to know when my new John Lee Quarrels book, Sweet Tea And Jesus, will be out. It’s with the final proofreader and I expect to get back from her at any time. As soon as she does, I will make any final corrections she pointed […]

Mar 122019
 

Note: This is an update from a story in my book Overlooked Florida – 30 Great Florida Destinations You Shouldn’t Miss! On a trip to the Florida Keys we stopped to pay a visit to an old time movie star. Sitting in a cradle at a small marina next to the Holiday Inn in Key […]