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"Will I Have the Courage?"

Warren "Skip" Muck at Camp Toccoa, GA
The nephew of an Easy Company paratrooper once asked Stephen Ambrose's theory on why he (the nephew) was so passionate about researching his deceased uncle's life. For anyone dedicated to researching WWII history, we ask ourselves the same thing. I just love Ambrose's response: 

 "All men ultimately want to know two things—'To whom do I owe thanks that I should live in such opportunity?' And, 'Will I have the courage when the time comes?'"
 —Stephen Ambrose 

One of the (many) books I'm reading right now is A Company of Heroes by Marcus Brotherton. (I grabbed the book because of the chapter on Skip Muck ... let's be honest here.) I really liked what Marcus Brotherton wrote in light of Ambrose's response, so I thought I'd share some excerpts. 

Answering Ambrose's questions can be difficult. Few of us today actually jump out of airplanes into combat, or undertake any of the large-scale events that traditionally produce heroes. Sometimes the questions only tick quietly in the back of our minds. We need to strain to hear their subtleties. 

They Have a Story | January Edition

It's time for the January edition of They Have a Story!

What is They Have a Story? It's a monthly historical fiction link up hosted by yours truly. Once a month I'll post a historical picture. Your job (and mine ... I'm totally doing this!) is to write a short story inspired by it. It can be as short or as long as you like. Have fun with it! Post the monthly picture, your story, and blog button on your blog, then link up. Let’s see how many different stories we can get from the same picture! 

Happy writing! 



1. I had my first author appearance at a local book club on Wednesday night! All the ladies were super sweet and I had a really fun time answering their questions and listen to them discuss Resist! Sometimes I forget that people are, you know, reading my books. =)

2. A lot of people have been asking me what I'm writing next. The truth is, nothing at the moment. But that will change very soon, and it will be another WWII novel. (You're all super surprised, right?) 

3. I have three Airborne reenactor interviews coming your way in 2017. "I am the trooper of the sky! I am my Nation's best! In peace and war I never fail. Anywhere, anytime, in anything, I am Airborne!" 

4. Currently reading: A Man for Others: Maximilian Kolbe, Saint of Auschwitz, In the Words of Those Who Knew Him

5. Emily Chapman recently told me about the movie Denial because she very rightly assumed that it was my kind of movie. It's based on the book: History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. You should watch it if you get a chance, especially since Holocaust Remembrance Day is next week. This film is so well done. 

6. They Have a Story .... it will be back! Keep an eye out!

7.  Yesterday I walked past two Amish guys who were racing their shopping carts down an aisle in Walmart. So if that doesn't make a person smile, I don't know what does. =)

What have you all been reading, writing, and watching?