Detective Danny Acuff, and the art of Karate and the Makiwara Board

As many of you know, in my detective books (Take Down and Gravel Road), Danny Acuff does quite a bit of hand-to-hand fighting. As an author, there’s almost nothing I’d rather include in my books than an incredible hand-to-hand fight scene. And this probably results from my long history (addiction?) of training and studying martialContinue reading “Detective Danny Acuff, and the art of Karate and the Makiwara Board”

Veteran spotlight: Tim Dittmer

As part of my continuing efforts to honor veterans, here’s the latest entry. This week, I interview Tim Dittmer, who spent some tough days in Vietnam. Where were you born? I was born in Springfield, Illinois. Most of my growing up years were spent in Gary, Indiana. I graduated from Emerson High School in 1968.Continue reading “Veteran spotlight: Tim Dittmer”

Even if the peace deal falls through, the war in Afghanistan is over

As some of you may have heard, the U.S. is getting closer to a peace deal in Afghanistan. The news has been mostly buried by the presidential race and the fears of the Coronavirus, but President Trump first announced a potential treaty with the Taliban roughly a week ago. It was pretty big news becauseContinue reading “Even if the peace deal falls through, the war in Afghanistan is over”