Miscellaneous blogs that don’t fit anywhere else.

Books, Writing, History, and Me

In “Books, Writing, History, and Me” I share my thoughts on travel, cooking, van-life, books, the process of writing, the experiences of an indie-publisher, WWII, the Holocaust, and anything else I feel might be of interest to readers of my books. Please send me comments and let me know what you like and what you want to know more about. Everything in this blog reflects my personal ideas and feelings–a memoir of sorts, it is my perspective and any errors or omissions are mine.

A Lifetime of Travel

In a previous blog I shared my collection of passports —a long line of documents that began when I was sixteen.   These booklets, with their photos that reveal my gradually aging face and random visa stamps in red, green, and blue, represent a lifetime of travel. I also have a large box of travel journals, some on loose stapled sheets, some in the form of letters written home, and others neatly penned in bound journals and sprinkled with sketches.  I treasure all these memory boosters. Recently, I went through my collection and created a list of all the major travel experiences I have enjoyed in the last sixty plus years. […]

2021-11-04T22:53:19+00:00November 4th, 2021|1 Comment

Travel Photos to Bring Back Memories

Travel photos can help you remember highlights of your journey long after you are home again. They can remind you of special experiences and people you met along the way. Nothing beats a significant photo for bringing back memories. Too often, travelers limit themselves to photos of tourist views and selfies taken in front of tourist views. […]

2021-09-27T18:23:43+00:00September 26th, 2021|4 Comments


Happy New Year!  Have you made a 2021 resolution? Years ago, I swore I would never again waste my resolution on “losing weight.”   Though I usually succeeded with a dozen pounds or more in the short term, by the time January rolled around again, the efforts I had made would be buried under the joys of eating and drinking.  That old “lose weight” goal was both self-perpetuating and boring! I am no slimmer (maybe heavier) these days, but at least I don’t dread the idea of making a New Year resolution. […]

2021-01-04T02:50:31+00:00January 3rd, 2021|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Readers Can Help Get the Word Out

Trying to launch a new book during the Covid-19 Pandemic calls for special tactics.   Normally, I would be setting up in-person author visits at bookstores and giving presentations and talks at libraries and to book groups.  Now, with personal appearances impossible, I’m trying to figure out new, digital ways to let readers know about my upcoming memoir, Wherever the Road Leads. I am in the midst of planning a fun, virtual Webinar-style launch party for the first week of December and I’m turning to you, my friends and readers, to ask a favor. Yes, you can help!   I’ve put together a list of ways you can help get the word out about my new book.  I hope you will find something that fits your time and interests. Just a few minutes on line is all some of these suggestions will take—anything you can do will be appreciated. Of course, if [...]

2020-09-19T19:37:31+00:00September 18th, 2020|0 Comments

A Mother’s Memories of her Son’s Boot Camp Graduation

Some years ago, I took an emeritus class at U.C. Irvine in Travel Writing. There I learned that a travel essay needs to be more than a travelogue.  In order to interest a reader, travel writing should also have attitude. The writer’s voice is essential as it is through their eyes we view the adventure. I thought my blog readers might enjoy seeing some of the essays I wrote for that class.  This one, A Mother’s Memories of her Son’s Boot Camp Graduation, shows that not all travel articles have to take you to foreign places. Though written in 2002, I think it is still relevant for its glimpse of our military and the young men who join. […]

A Jewish Question – Herman’s Friendship with Richard Schulze-Kossens

Recently I have received comments from Jewish readers of Immigrant Soldier regarding Herman’s friendship with the SS Officer Richard Schulze. One of these, an acquaintance and fellow author, wrote, “I understand that your uncle needed the help of Schulze to organize the POW camp, but I’m wondering how he could let their relationship become a close friendship considering the evil men that he [Schulze] assisted?” Another reader of my blog, a long-lost second-cousin through my paternal grandmother wrote, “I am intrigued by the relationship Herman developed with Richard Schulze-Kossens. I've learned elsewhere that they remained good friends for the rest of their lives. I wonder if you have further insight into how Herman could feel such kinship [with an SS officer]?” The issue of Herman’s friendship with Schulze was something I had to struggle with as a writer and as a student of the Holocaust. In order to be true to Herman’s story, [...]

2019-12-01T07:11:38+00:00October 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Family Album

Several of my readers have expressed disappointment that Immigrant Soldier does not have photos.     Other than the pictures used on the cover, I decided that because the book was written as a novel, it would be better without photos which might inhibit a reader’s imagination.  You will find some pictures of Herman on various pages of this web-site, including one on the author page of myself with Herman just a few months before he passed away. But for followers of this blog, I thought I would share a small selection of family photos.  I hope you enjoy these glimpses of Herman’s early years.   The three siblings, Edith, Friedel, and Herman, in about 1923. They are a perfect group of early 20th Century, German kinder. Note that in the center Friedel, the oldest, proudly wears his beloved Lederhosen and Tyrolean jacket.             This photo of the three [...]

2020-03-04T20:04:44+00:00July 4th, 2015|0 Comments
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