Author Archives: JackWLondon

Spring Bookstand Cleaning

It’s Spring again. My roses are growing up into the oak branches and the irises have blossomed for the season.  Our lawn is (temporarily) green and … the sounds of hammers and saws and boomboxes pound in my ears, the … Continue reading

 
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A Year for Travel……

December, 2016: 2016 was a year of travel. It took me to Maine and Colorado and Montana but most of my best travels were on my nightstand. If this is your first On the Nightstand, I review and rate my reads on … Continue reading

 
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From Tet to Tet in Vietnam: March 10-11, 1968

COURAGE, WITH NO HOPE:  THE MEN OF RADAR LIMA SITE 85 The last North Vietnamese attack of the January Tet offensive began on March 10, 1968, when NVA soldiers scaled a cliff at Phou Pha Thi, Laos, to destroy an American radar site … Continue reading

 
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Hope, and Courage. On this day…

The Tet, February 29, 1968 The Tet attack on Huễ became the longest battle during the Tet offensive of 1968. It began when Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops stormed the citadel, or fort, of the city of Huễ on January 31, 1968, and overwhelmed … Continue reading

 
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Hope and Courage

On this day in 1968, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, American marines defended the assault on Khe Sanh that had begun with the Tet Offensive. North Vietnamese and Viet Cong attacked the marine air base with trenches and artillery in … Continue reading

 
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On the Nightstand: A Verdugo Winter

The word verdugo is, of course, from the Spanish office of torturer for the Inquisition. That group’s work was much admired in England by the Tudors (Henry VIII, Queen Mary, Elizabeth…), who set about to stretch the limits of the … Continue reading

 
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Touching the Past: In Honor of Veterans

The way led down a paved road, then another mile on a rough road past a farmhouse, then off the road altogether along a rutted lane that disappeared into the woods.  Two turnings later the path stopped in a forest … Continue reading

 
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St. Crispin’s Day, 600 years on: We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.

October 25 is St. Crispin’s Day, originally celebrated for a cobbler who was martyred by the Romans in AD 286 but in modern times known for the startling English victory over the vastly larger French army at Azincourt on October 24, 1415.  For … Continue reading

 
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On the Nightstand: Autumn (book) leaves….

              Autumn.  It’s a wonderful autumn, with cooler days (from the hundreds down to the nineties), changing leaves (brown, from lack of water), and wildly confused garden flowers that are uncertain whether to bloom or die, so do a bit of … Continue reading

 
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Hammock Days

Hammock days.   The roses of spring have become the scorched blossoms of July.  The view from my writing desk captures little heat waves shimmering across the lawn where deer are so languid that they sleep in broad daylight, not fifty … Continue reading

 
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