Neil Dalton of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, experienced the breakthrough event of his second professional career on an otherwise pedestrian day in early July. It was the day he got the call from his literary agent, Jan McPhee, delivering news he never really thought he’d hear.
“They want to purchase one of your stories and write a screenplay from it.”
He slowly sat up on the wicker couch in the condo as he absorbed this. He had written hundreds of short stories, some published in far-flung, notable and not-so-notable outlets and some on now-defunct platforms. Such is the…
A stream of consciousness perhaps. But bear with me for a few minutes.
John Kennedy famously observed, “Washington is a city of southern efficiency and northern charm.”
He flipped it.
Typically, people think of southern cities as being charming, if inefficient.
Ever been to Savannah, Charleston, New Orleans, San Antonio, Knoxville, Louisville, Charlottesville, Wilmington, NC, Biloxi, Fayetteville, or Beaufort, North AND South Carolina? Pretty charming in their own unique ways. But no one in their right mind who has ever been to one of them would argue they are efficient.
On the other hand, northern cities have little…
Beaufort sits across the new Gallants Channel bridge
Like a venerable elder statesman,
The soul of the area,
Keeping watch like a sentinel over everything to the West.
Through downtown Morehead City,
Once our home,
And over the east side bridge to the island.
The new day sun hits it first,
As the dawn slowly rolls out
Across Bogue Banks’ 21 miles.
Atlantic Beach, once an outlying province -
Has become our refuge, our respite, our haven.
Dare I say, adopted home?
The waves off Fort Macon Point -
Making sure not to drift into the channel,
The early morning…
The Annual Buxton Super Bowl House Party
Although this story series contains actual things from the world in which we live, such as towns, places, and events, it should be read as a work of fiction. All characters are fictional, not based on any real person, and any resemblance to an actual person is entirely coincidental. The events depicted are entirely the product of my imagination.
The big day had finally arrived. McKinley Buxton III — better known to his good friends as “Mac” — was so excited he could barely contain himself. Mac usually slept until eight on Sunday…
“You long to return to that intangible thing that is hard to define, but you feel in your soul. You look around and realize the closest thing to that feeling you remember is the feeling you get when you are experiencing something new, or something you’ve done many times but never get tired of. These pursuits provide a portal back to that feeling you had; not necessarily a place or experience, just a feeling; the feeling you had when everything was new and exciting and your physical and mental faculties were fully and completely engaged. …
A Tribute to George Sauer Jr.
“Wind-driven fight blows in my marrow,
Light narrows and clouds invite.
Bent by long shadows, longer time,
An old man dances in my heart —
His broken brain rattles mine.”
George Sauer, 1994
The middle-aged man lived alone in a small apartment in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He had no family in the area. He had apparently chosen the city at random. He slept in a sleeping bag on the floor of his apartment because of an old back injury. He worked at the local Sunshine Food Stores stacking shelves by day…
United States vs. Noor Uthman Muhammed and Other War Stories from Guantanamo (Part 2)
The Afghanistan Training Camps
If the reader will oblige me for a few paragraphs, I will attempt to explain why and how the United States can legally have people detained at Guantanamo, and the single factor common to each of them.
If there is any one characteristic that ties together the detainees factually and legally, it is the camps. This one single common factor allows the government to detain certain people at Guantanamo. Legal types who have been trained in American constitutional law and the precept…
United States vs. Noor Uthman Muhammed and Other War Stories from Guantanamo (Part 1)
Ten years later, this series revisits my experiences as a prosecutor in one of only a handful of military commission cases that have actually gone to trial.
All information about the case of U.S. vs. Noor Uthman Muhammed is taken from publicly accessible, “open source,” case file documents on the Military Commissions’ website at http://www.mc.mil/. The other views expressed are my own personal opinions and observations, and they are not to be attributed to the Department of Defense, the U.S. …
The Big, Annual Super Bowl Sunday Party
Although this story series contains actual things from the world in which we live, including towns, places, and events, it should be read as a work of fiction. All characters are fictional, not based on any real person, and any resemblance to an actual person is entirely coincidental. The events depicted are entirely the product of my imagination.
The big day had finally arrived. McKinley Buxton III — better known to his good friends as “Mac” — was so excited he could barely contain himself. Mac usually slept until eight on Sunday mornings…
The Lounge Crickets — Chapter 2
Jack Armstrong awakened. It was not yet dawn. Once the dry, scratching, blinking was over and he could actually see, he let his eyes adjust. There was a faint glimmer behind the blinds; the sun would be up soon. He looked at his watch. 0530. There was plenty of time yet.
He carefully pulled off his side of the blankets, put them back in position for his wife, and eased out of bed so as to not wake her. It never worked, but he still made the effort. “Are you going out,” she asked…
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