A few months before getting discovered by Amazon Publishing, I listened to a talk by Simon Sinek that really touched me called “Start With Why.” It’s really worth watching, and it inspired me to write a little essay to explain the why behind why I write the kind of stories that I do. That posting, below, is called ‘A Manifesto on Virtue.’ The other two essays I added because I have very strong beliefs and often get asked about my religion on social media and by e-mail. So I wrote the additional essays to explain more about my faith.

Manifesto on Virtue

When I was in college at San Jose State, I took Latin classes from Marianina Olcott. That is where I learned about the Roman concept of Virtus (pronounced “where-tuus”). It was a trait that the Romans respected, but it did not mean just virtue. It included other qualities too: prudentia (prudence), iustitia (justice), temperantia (self-control), and fortitudo (courage). As I look around in the world today, I see that these traits are no longer honored and respected as they were…

Here I Raise My Ebenezer

Faith Here I Raise My Ebenezer I have a deep love of music and have played piano since I was eight. Years ago I was asked to lead a choir in my church. My favorite hymn came to be “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. There is a line in that song that says, Here I raise my Ebenezer, Here by Thy great help I’ve come. When I began learning the piece, I wondered what an Ebenezer was. Being a…

Five Questions to Ponder about Religion

  Five Questions to Ponder about Religion My books are meant to be entertaining, enlightening, and enjoyable. I write what I like to read, and I do like to read books that increase faith, that cheer on a hero, and also books that make me think. C.S. Lewis is a hero of mine. When you read an author’s work, you get a little peek inside their brain and how they think. As Aristotle once wrote: “It is the mark of…