Saturday, November 10, 2012

"A Heroes' Keepsake; Memoirs Of Christmas At War"

Last summer I got an email from a lady who had come across a poem I had written and posted to my other blog.  It was titled "A Desert Storm Christmas" and spoke of the special magic of being in the Middle East at Christmas and of eyeing the heavens, and the very same star, that guided the Wise Men to a manger in Bethlehem.

The kind lady was DeeDee Wright and she asked if she might use my poem, to be included in an anthology of how how our military experiences Christmas while deployed in distant lands.

Shortly thereafter Ms. Wright followed up her email with a phone call.  She wanted to know what it's like to serve overseas, aways from family at Christmas.  I related my own personal experiences and Ms. Wright asked if she might include my poem in her anthology collection of Christmas for our troops in time of war.  I readily agreed.  Christmas has always been special to me and I've written numerous Christmas stories and poems as gifts to my children throughout the years.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I learned that the book is now in publication!  Ms. Wright wrote to thank me again for my permission to re-print my poem and this week she sent me an autographed complimentary copy (my poem is on page 33) of a wonderful little Christmas book that seems destined to lighten the hearts of our troops deployed overseas, and refresh the hearts of all of us now on the home front.

The book is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and where ever fine books are sold!  It's a wonderful compilation of poems and stories, beginning with Washington's crossing of the Delaware, through the Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm as well as our troops now serving in Afghanistan.

Thank you Ms. Wright.  In talking to you on the phone I understood clearly how much you love your country and how dearly you appreciate the sacrifices or our military.  God bless you for that..and for this wonderful little book.


  1. Just reread your poem, Mrs. Wright's book wouldn't be complete without it, a very touching sentiment. It's hard to be away at Christmas.

  2. Thank you so much Ken...I have dozens of Christmas short stories and poems that I plan to digitally publish some day.