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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Air Fiesta 2012, Brownsville, Texas

Mark your calendar for March 24-25 for the 2012 Air Fiesta. This year's show honors Vietnam-era aircraft and features a vintage Soviet MiG-17F fighter flown by owner, Randy Ball. Vietnam veterans will recognize the plane and remember its superior operational mobility.  Randy will demonstrate the plane's capabilities.

This Air Fiesta marks the one-year anniversary of the crash that took the life of Amanda Franklin and injured her husband, Kyle. They will be in the hearts of the show's team and audience at this year's show.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Wright State University Library

Fascinated by the engineering feats of the Wright Brothers? I am.

Think back to the days before a successful flight and picture Orville and Wilbur Wright experimenting with design, engines and materials. No division of labor, no assembly line, no previous model to follow. With a combination of genius and hard work, they opened the door to the travel we enjoy today.

Wright State University houses the Wright Brothers collection. If you visit Dayton, take advantage of the opportunity to experience - up close and personal - this piece of American history. Located above the Wright State library, the archives are open to the public.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dayton, Ohio

I am in Dayton, Ohio, with the planning committee for the September Military Writers conference. We toured the Wright-Patterson Air Force Museum and the Wright State University historical archives. Both offer a plethora of information for history buffs. I plan to return to the archives to research a new book. What an exciting day. We actually held in our hands, and read from, the diary in which Mr. Wright recorded the antics of his sons, Orville and Wilbur.

Friday, March 2, 2012

At the February Writers Forum at Paragraphs on Padre Blvd (South Padre Island), writers experienced a lively give and take about their work. Critiqing comments emphasized editing and point of view. Attendees ranged from "wanting to get information" to authors with multiple books.

Paragraphs is a great independent bookstore that fosters writers and readers. The writers' group is unique because South Padre Island is a resort community and writers come year-round, a few sessions a year or while they're on a one-time visit to the island. Whatever a writer's status, it's advantageous to stop by the bookstore and get to know the owners. If you're in town on the 4th Monday of the month, join us from 7:00-9:00 pm.