So, you know that I’m a writer. What you might not know is that my father was also a writer. 🙂 Apples and trees or somesuch. Anyway, back when he was in the Air Force in the late 1950s, he wrote and published a slim volume of poetry called Pillars of My Strength, used copies of which are available on Amazon as my brother recently discovered!

I bought one that is apparently “inscribed and signed by the author.” 🙂

You see, we had one family copy, but in all of our moves, it got lost. So it’ll be nice to have a copy of in the family again. Feel free to snatch up the other available copies, though! My dad’s actually a really good poet. This is his early stuff from his 20s, so it’s all sorts of “trying too hard,” but still, good. And he only got better as he got older, as it should be. Sadly, he’s in no shape to write anymore, but I’ve invited him to read at readings I’ve put together, and he wrote plays and poems well into his late 60s…he had a lot of talent, and the world should know that.

I’m thinking about doing a video series where I do readings of his poems once I get the book, so stay tuned for that! 🙂 Sometimes I think I might produce one of his plays sometime, just to get it out into the world. We’ll see about that, too…

I guess what I’m trying to say is: I’m proud of my father. He was a really good writer, and I’m sorry he was never able to pursue it the way he wanted to. I guess, in this family, that’ll be my job. 🙂

A newspaper clipping from a local paper in Victorville, CA announcing the publication of Pillars of My Strength in 1959. My dad was 24.

A newspaper clipping from a local paper in Victorville, CA announcing the publication of Pillars of My Strength in 1959. My dad was 24. They spelled his name wrong, but whatevs. 🙂