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Meandering Monday about What to Remember Today

Today is Memorial Day, a United States holiday set aside in memory of all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in our armed services in defense of our freedoms – and those of others. Thank you to all those who are gone, and to the loved ones they left behind.

Memorial Day is aptly named – we Americans have exceedingly short memories, and need reminders. I’m convinced that a majority of my fellow citizens don’t realize what the holiday is about, and see it as just another opportunity to go to the lake, or have a barbecue and get together with friends, instead of having to put their nose to the grindstone at work (yes, I know not everyone has the day off, but you get my drift.) I think the lack of awareness was more prevalent in my early adult years – we had left Vietnam before I graduated high school, and we stayed out of major conflicts (as measured in American casualties) for the rest of the century – until 9/11 came around and woke us from our slumber (as Yamamoto has been dramatized saying of the attack on Pearl Harbor.) For the last decade and a half we’ve seen many of our young men and women lost, and more of us carry their memories, so the awareness is better.

But I’m afraid the lesson of this day is mistaken – so many of my own countrymen see the results of war, and go as far as to say “never again” – but what they mean is “we will never again fight”, and then they bend over backwards to seem inoffensive, in the hopes that our enemies will see what nice people we are and leave us alone. What our enemies see instead is weakness – an unwillingness to confront evil and stand up for the weak, and this is the surest way to not only find ourselves at war, but to bring it to our own shores.

If you refuse to fight, that doesn’t mean there will be peace. There will always be evil men and evil regimes doing… evil. You can’t just stick your head in the sand and hope that problems will go away; you have to stop them before they fester to the level of war.

Today, remember those who gave their lives protecting what we have, and promise to not let their sacrifice be in vain. Be vigilant and proactive. That is the best MEMORIAL we can offer.


Just saying…


JD2DowntownBluesCoverFour days left on the preorder campaign for Downtown Blues: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #2, which contains the second set of 3 stories in the Detective Jimmy Delaney series:

“The Scent of the Crime” – Detective Jimmy Delaney finds himself involved in yet another murder. He knows something smells in Barnstow, but can he use that to find the killer?

“Killing Them Softly” – In a strange series of coincidences, young women start dying in Barnstow. Detective Jimmy Delaney doesn’t believe in coincidences – and he’s doubly suspicious when his irresistible nemesis Diana hires him to solve the murders. But can he stop the killer before they strike again?

“Hard Times” – Johns are dying in Barnstow. It was bound to happen eventually, in a city where legal prostitution is a big part of the tourist industry, but not so many so fast. And of course, if there are dead bodies in Barnstow, Detective Jimmy Delaney isn’t far away.

If you enjoy a little confused, crime-laden mayhem with a smattering of sci-fi and plenty of human frailty (and some redemption), Detective Jimmy Delaney is for you. The release date is June 2nd, but the collection is available to preorder at a reduced price at various sellers, including, but not limited to:



JD1BrokenDownCover(And if you’re not caught up on Jimmy, you might want to also pick up the first three stories in Broken Down:  Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #1 (contains “In a Flash”, “Mixed Signals”, and “The Right Idea”):




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