Veteran’s Day–Opportunity to Recognize Military Service People

This week we have the official opportunity to recognize military service people! Veteran’s Day will be celebrated on Wed, November 11. Remember to thank a veteran!

My wonderful husband John retired after 21 years of serving in the  Air Force and Air National Guard. We're proud of him!

My wonderful husband John retired after 21 years of serving in the Air Force and Air National Guard. We’re proud of him!

On a personal note, my husband will celebrate his birthday on November 10. He is retired with 21 years of service in the Air Force, Grissom Air Reserve Base  in Peru, Indiana in Peru, Indiana and finally at the 122nd Fighter Wing at Fort Wayne Indiana

We are proud of him and the effort and commitment he has always had to our nation’s security. Happy birthday, John!

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November 10 is also the birthday of the US Marine Corps. You can read a nice blog post about the Marines at GP Cox’s Pacific Paratrooper blog. I subscribe to this informative and well put-together blog which frequently sends out information about our nation’s vets and their experiences.

Carl Mankey earned two Purple Hearts while fighting in World War II.

Carl Mankey earned two Purple Hearts while fighting in World War II.

In honor of the Marines I’ve included an excerpt of the story from the sole Marine in my book—Carl Mankey.

“On June 22, 1944, Marine Private First Class Carl Mankey led 20 men from his squadron up a mountain in Saipan in the Mariana Islands. Mankey’s goal was to destroy a Japanese machine gun nest that had fired for hours on Allied troops.

Disregarding heavy fire from the enemy, Mankey moved into the open to shoot at the nest with his rifle, tthrowing grenades and hoping to disrupt the firing. Failing to hit the target, Mankey refused to give up. He returned to the machine gun nest, repeating his brave actions. This time he completely destroyed it.”

The story goes on to relate this Marine’s being awarded two Purple Hearts for valor in service in World War II.

This story is one of 28 in my book which is available for $20 at this site and Amazon. It would make a great Christmas gift for military/history lover.

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This season I’m speaking at several locales about my World War II book and project of interviewing more than 100 (now 103 to be precise) vets from that era.

Last week the Fort Wayne History Center hosted a lecture featuring my book. A crowd of 60 people listened attentively and later expressed support of the subject.

Roger Myers served as a bombardier during WWII.

Roger Myers served as a bombardier during WWII.

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I was thrilled to see two of the vets from my book in the audience—Roger Myers (Army Air Corps) and Marty Wyall (WASP).

Thanks to the staff of the Fort Wayne History Center and Director Todd Pelfrey for allowing me to have this unique opportunity!

John and I also participated in the Fort Wayne (IN) Veteran’s Day parade. He rode in the 122nd’s nice bus. I walked with the Blue Star Mothers—women whose children are or have been in the military.

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Finally, these vets are among those I’ve interviewed who have November birthdays. Some have passed on– Richard Willey, Wallace Avey, Richard Block. We remember them all for their courage and selflessness.

Wallace Avey-Army

Wallace Avey-Army

Richard Block-Navy

Richard Block-Navy

Robert Kiester - Army Air Corps

Robert Kiester – Army Air Corps

Wayne Sauers- Army

Wayne Sauers- Army

Albert Silk-Army

Albert Silk-Army

Richard Willey-Army

Richard Willey-Army

If you know a veteran, please make an effort to honor them on Veteran’s Day, Christmas, their birthdays, any day.

Recommended Christian Writing Blog: The Writers View

Celebrities Giving Back by Kayleen Reusser

Celebrities Giving Back by Kayleen Reusser


From time to time I will recommend a blog that I think Christian writers will find help from. The Writers View is one such blog.

I’ve subscribed for several years now and have learned so much. I think it is issued 2x/week and always with pertinent topics for discussion. Here is an excerpt from the current topic and it is one that I contributed to.

Be aware that the topic changes 2x/week. By the time you read this, the forum may be on a different topic.

Subscribers have to be approved but it is a simple process and I’m sure most people are approved!

I highly recommend this blog. I know several of the commenters and recommend their writings.

Let me know what you’re looking for in a Christian writing blog. Do you have a Christian writing blog of your own to share thoughts with?

Thurs-Sat Discussion Topic: Paradox in Writing

Greetings, Viewbies!

Today’s question comes from Tim Riter, Nonfiction Book Panelist.

Paradox pervades the world of faith. “If you save your life you will
lose it.” Or, “By grace you are saved through faith, this is not of your
own doing,” yet we also read, “Faith without works is dead.” Since the
business of Christian publishing exists in the world of faith, how does
paradox touch our writing? What paradoxes have you found? How have you
resolved them, if you have? Can you resolve them? Do you need to? Can a
balance be achieved while being biblically faithful?

Don’t reply to this email. To join the discussion, head over to the TWV blog, hosted at The Bestseller Society:

Here’s the link: http://www.bestsellersociety.com/paradox-touch-writing/

James Pence – Owner / General Market Panelist, TWV
http://jamespence.com
“On one tragic night, Terry Caffey lost everything; in one amazing year, God restored it all.”
Terror by Night, Tyndale, 2009: http://www.terrorbynightthebook.com

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My reply:
I market myself and my 11 children’s book through my blog (www.KayleenR.com) and speaking engagements and even appearing in costume as Medusa to hand out Halloween candy (I’ve written 3 Greek gods books).

Hades by Kayleen Reusser

Hades by Kayleen Reusser


Sometimes I’m overwhelmed at the expectations on authors to learn all of the social media and participate in that while also writing and maybe even working a full-time job on the side!

It would be nice to be rich and famous as an author. But I’m content at this point to donate my services to 2 Christian writing clubs I helped start in Bluffton and Fort Wayne Indiana. I feel like God will bring the blessings of being well-known and lots of book sales in His time from helping others.