Veteran, Mother, Writer
True stories, essays, and letters on important matters and nonsense. From work to words ... from the military to motherhood to mountains.
I learned more from two friends in death than I had learned from them in life. Giving thanks to those departed souls.
6 min 25 sec
The last First Day of School, the end of summer, just what summer means, and life's next stage
11 min 25 sec
Southeast Alaska, the Inside Passage, Klondike Gold Rush
13 min 32 sec
A dying art, a gift from yesterday, there's nothing so full bodied and rich as words on paper. Photos may capture the appearance in any given moment, but words, his words, they capture his mind and spirit
4 min 51 sec
On generational service and the reasons we serve. Remembering sacrifice and celebrating a new Army lieutenant in the family.
14 min 29 sec
A Story and Two Short Poems: by a Zen Monk & Mary Oliver
9 min 18 sec
April Fools Day and Humor in Uniform. Three stories from cadet life. The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. Churchill
8 min 5 sec
“Would you mind if I take off my shirt?” he said. A story from a retreat in North Carolina. The Odyssey, the Devil, and a Home
11 min 42 sec
Fun things-to-do and great eats in Key West. New Year's on Wheels - Road trip (Ct to VA) and family skating.
14 min 3 sec
Tough times define us. Whitman's Ghost or Simon, played by Joe Pesci in the 1994 film With Honors, shares a message.
6 min 55 sec
Brady Shattan joins us to talk about spirit friends, his guardian angel and extrasensory perception.
37 min 41 sec
What happens when someone dies, when the worldly connection is broken? Where are the healers and the mediums and the shamans today? This is the third episode in Spirits of the Fall: True Stories of the Season, eerie occurrences, real-life horrors, ghosts, and second sight.
15 min 34 sec
Second in the series of the season: real-life horrors and ghosts.
13 min 48 sec
This is the first in a series of True Stories for the season, of eerie occurrences, real-life horrors, visits from the beyond, haunted rooms, and childhood visions.
15 min 10 sec
Fall is the season for running. This story is about failure and mastery, how that became a commander's story.
15 min 30 sec
Thoughts on the anthem and the flag, what they mean.
9 min 40 sec
A graveyard visit on a father's death day and a daughter's birthday. Maya Angelou's advice on the legacy of departed loves.
13 min 44 sec
I've gotten to know my son better now that he's left.
24 min 9 sec
Today’s letter is about something that matters, an important debate happening in society right now. In the wake of recent events regarding the tragic death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests, this letter is more relevant than ever. It has been updated to relate my own experience and the role of the brave men and women who are called to the profession of arms, with a special thank you to those in the West Point Class of 2020 who graduated this weekend. These young officers have taken an oath to support and defend the constitution against all enemies, giving their life if necessary, so that all Americans might enjoy the blessings of a free nation.
30 min 47 sec
Death of a Ball Turret Gunner by Randall Jarrell and Twilight by Lucretia Maria Davidson A tribute to my Uncle, a South Vietnamese officer who never came home
5 min 2 sec
My story about a Nursing Home. Some Gorey stuff, some sad stuff, some crass stuff. What gives life meaning? what would great writers say?
16 min 32 sec
Consider the pandemic crisis and the moral claims of shutting down the economy. What are consequences, good and bad? How do COVID deaths compare to other mortality data?
14 min 47 sec
A pulse on High School and College Seniors, where they are and how they're doing. Taking comfort in poetry and a mother's wish.
7 min 2 sec
A child's note, three gifts, and Leo Tolstoy's famous story
10 min 27 sec
You ever have that moment when something you’ve believed for some time begins to shift and slip, leaving you a bit off-balance?
Three simple toasts, suitable for most occasions, and easy to remember. And, a little about the semicolon.
10 min 25 sec
How much light do you gain each day in January, over the month? and the next months?
7 min 42 sec
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn What can we learn from the Gulag? About the military, about the body and soul?
15 min 21 sec
With special guest Hayley Swinson, writer and editor, on how books help her get into the season. On receiving books and giving books.
24 min 44 sec
A friend in hospice talks about time, love, friendship, and the search for meaning.
8 min 24 sec
A college freshman and a Vietnamese centenarian on China. Hong Kong Protests, Confucian Centers, TikTok security.
10 min 31 sec
A true, gritty account of the American Soldier and a child's role, in the longest war in U.S. history. Visit treehouseletter.com to see photos.
26 min 47 sec
Thoughts on writing from Dreyer's English and Brandon Royal's Little Red Writing Book. Get rid of useless words. How many drafts until finished? Grammar Versus Style and the Big Three Nonrules
14 min 38 sec
Did you know that Murphy was in the Army?
16 min 17 sec
Why memorize poetry and what's a mondegreen?
11 min 19 sec
Do myths and legends shape the stories we tell? Hear Stephen's story and retrace the steps he took. A 9-11 memorial.
18 min 47 sec
Sometimes a search for one thing leads to another. Like this Burl Ives folk tune: On a summer's day in the month of May, what was the burly bum singing of?
18 min 3 sec
In the Digital Age, do letters still matter? What about a dusty box of letters in the basement?
12 min 35 sec
September is Suicide Prevention Month. Hear a story and learn about the Four Noble Truths.
9 min 40 sec
What can whales teach us about learning and mastery?
14 min 45 sec
Unexpected summer visitors
10 min 17 sec
Hiking Kilimanjaro on the Machame Route in Six Days - learn about the final days and Kibo, the volcanic summit
15 min 59 sec
Episode 2 - Hiking Kilimanjaro in the Machame Route, Day 4
12 min 42 sec
A middle aged account of Kili and more. First episode on Days 1 to 3 and the guides.
13 min 10 sec