My first mango …

Mango HedgehogMy new book Dreams of the Philippines should be out very soon.  In the book I talk about eating my first mango.  It was such an exhilarating experience, I felt I should share it here.

If there’s anyone out there who’s never had a fresh, ripe, Philippine mango, I highly encourage you to go get one now.  Drop everything you’re doing and get that mango.  Take the next flight to Manila.  Do whatever you have to do to get that mango.  It’s all about enjoying life … and eating a fresh, ripe, Philippine mango is about as good as life gets!

My First Mango

“What’s that?” I asked, pointing to an exotic-looking fruit.

The lady finished peeling a piece of fruit for another customer and then answered my question, “It’s a mango; ever had one before?”


“It’s delicious,” she said. “You got to try it.”

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Cure for Cancer … follow the money.

Pile Of Money

The money says … the cure for cancer is being suppressed.

I’m reading a book by James Altucher titled The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth.What does this have to do with cancer?

Well, it turns out … a lot.

You see, James highlights areas he feels are the up and coming trends and the first one he lists is “Biotech.”  He goes on to explain exactly why he invests in companies and technologies that diagnose cancer.  But – and here’s the big takeaway – he doesn’t go near companies looking for a cure!  He’s even gracious enough to explain why he stays away – far away – from any companies and/or technologies involved in searching for a cure.  I’ll let you hear it from James as he explains it on page 152 as follows:

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How to write a book …

Don’t know if I’m qualified to write an article titled “How to write a book.”  But, here goes anyway.

I’m in the process of putting together the final touches on my latest book Dreams of the Philippines and thought I’d share how I went about getting it done.  The main purpose for sharing is to encourage.  If you’ve always wanted to write a book, then I want to encourage you, let you know “You can do it!”

As I went through another re-write of my Preface I thought, “Hey, this is really the story of how I wrote my book.  How I overcame obstacles.  How I got past some serious “I’m stuck” moments.  Why not share this with others?

So, for anyone looking for encouragement on tackling your next book project, this one’s for you!

Preface to my latest book, “Dreams of the Philippines.”


This story is fiction.

But, it’s based on a trip I took to the Philippines back in early 1989 as a young Air Force 2nd Lieutenant.

This book represents a new step in my writing career. I’m venturing a little deeper into the world of fiction. What does that mean? Let me take a stab at explaining.

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It’s a Miracle! A good news cancer story …

These days it seems just about everyone has to deal with a cancer situation either directly or indirectly.  My son-in-law is dealing with cancer and the good news is … his approach is working!  I made this video to explain what I’m talking about.  Enjoy the good news!

How Stephen King solved my plot problem.

I’m in the throes of writing my fourth book.  It’s fiction but based on a trip I took to the Philippines way back in 1989 when I was a junior officer in the US Air Force.

I have a bunch of stories I want to share but here’s the rub … how do I connect them?  How do I take a bunch of – what I consider – interesting stories and connect them into a larger story; a story that flows; a story that’s captivating, a story that has a beginning, middle and end?

Well, that’s where plot comes in.  Just reach into my handy bag of plots and pull one out … voila!  – I got a story.

Only one problem, I don’t have a bag of plots.  But, I could easily get one.  I could go on a grand hunt for canned plots and then pick out a nice juicy one.  But I don’t want to do that.

Here’s why.

I just re-read Stephen King’s book On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft and he gives masterful advise on plot.  It’s the best news I’ve heard since they announced the “New Kids on the Block” were going on a reunion tour.  It’s pure genius.  Maybe that’s why Mr. King is the master story teller.

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