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Some of the latest books I’ve read in the past few months. I’m always reading and have about 5 going at any time, of various genres.

Recent Books:

  • Total Power, Kyle Mills
  • The Wolves, Alex Berenson
  • 15 Seconds, Andrew Gross
  • The Deceivers, Alex Berenson
  • The Last Flight, Julie Clark
  • The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher
  • Shakespeare Saved My Life, Laura Bates
  • Uncanny Valley, Anna Wiener
  • When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  • The Glass Hotel, Emily St. John Mandel
  • Artificial Condition, Martha Wells
  • Dark Matter, Blake Crouch
  • The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
  • The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
  • Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story, Anthony Daniels
  • Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King
  • The Institute, Stephen King
  • Churchill – Walking with Destiny, Andrew Roberts
  • Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick
  • The Republic of Plato
  • The Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy
  • On Writing, Stephen King
  • The Mistborn trilogy, Brandon Sanderson
  • Love in a Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
  • Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
  • Resurrection, Leo Tolstoy
  • The Stand, Stephen King
  • Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
  • The Passage, Justin Cronin
  • Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  • I’m Your Huckleberry, Val Kilmer
  • Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
  • The Wright Brothers, David McCullough
  • Catherine the Great, Robert K. Massie
  • Martin Luther, Eric Metaxas
  • Lord Foul’s Bane, Stephen R. Donaldson
  • A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  • The Little Paris Bookshop, Nina George
  • Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
  • Verbal Judo, George J. Thompson

As an educator, designer and just generally interested person, I am curious about so many things from history, other cultures, languages, cooking, travel, relationships and so much more. Dale Carnegie said, “Today is life – the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”

Soccer

I have a daughter on a club soccer team that takes us all around the midwest, and am on a city league myself, and we watch a lot of soccer. It truly is the “beautiful game.”

Reading

I don’t understand people who don’t read or even listen to audiobooks. The world of publishing and storytellers has provided endless entertainment and learning through reading, and to not take advantage of that is, well, there aren’t … words.

Running

Running is physically rewarding and mentally. There’s no better way to see a place than to run a few miles around it, which I was finally able to do recently when I ran around Central Park in New York City as well as a few miles of the old stretch of Route 66 in Shamrock, TX.

History / War Sites

My life has afforded me amazing opportunities to visit fascinating places, from medieval castles to walking through the remains of World War 1 trenches at Verdun, France. I have a great personal World War 1 library and study everything to do with that conflict in my free time, especially as it relates to my relative Earle Freeman Howe who died in France in April 1918.

Tennis

I’ve been playing tennis since I can remember. I love watching it and playing it.

Railroads

The Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 locomotive rolled through and stopped overnight 45 minutes away down in Van Buren, AR, and I was sure to get there to see it pull in. Dad and I used to go down to Ridley Park in Philadelphia and watch the Pennsylvania Railroad GG1s and always seek out old roundhouses or railroad traces.

Aircraft

I love aviation, especially wartime or armed forces aircraft of all sorts. I’m a big fan of two local aviators, award-winning and aviation pioneer Louise McPhetridge Thaden, of Bentonville, AR, and World War 1 Ace Field Eugene Kindley, from Prairie Grove, AR, who counted as one of his victories the downing of Lothar von Richthofen, brother of the Red Baron.

Weather

If I were to jump over to another career, it would be something to do with weather. I look forward to rainy days or snow days, as I constantly notice what’s happening with the atmosphere around me and what’s coming my way. Also, I’m a pluvophile and a ceraunophile.

Art

Don’t tell my fellow highbrow art colleagues, but I have some favorite artists that are probably out of fashion, cancelled or embarrassing, but nonetheless here they are: Caspar David Friedrich (the ruins, the gloomy contemplation, aah), J.M.W. Turner (the exploding skies and sunsets and fires, the Fighting Temeraire and the end of an era, aaaah), Mary Cassatt (a favorite of my girls) and contemporary Utah artist Paige Crosland Anderson.

Favorite Movies

  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • White Nights
  • Sing Street
  • Amadeus
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • The Family Man
  • Serendipity
  • Contact
  • Arrival
  • Interstellar
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Reign of Fire
  • Tangled
  • Serenity
  • Galaxy Quest
  • My Dinner With Andre

Best movie scenes and clips:

The first two minutes about these actors seeing an amazing and daring act of support for this great country during the Cold War, behind the Iron Curtain. This.

I love castles anywhere. Castello Aragonese in Ortona, Italy.

I love castles anywhere. Castello Aragonese in Ortona, Italy, 1996, overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

I love castles anywhere. Castello Aragonese in Ortona, Italy, 1996, overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

A hero of mine, Louise McPhetridge Thaden

A hero of mine, Louise McPhetridge Thaden - award-winning pilot from Bentonville, AR

A hero of mine, Louise McPhetridge Thaden - award-winning pilot from Bentonville, AR

Civil War bullet holes visible in Tenn.

Extant Civil War bullet holes at the Carter House in Franklin, TN

Extant Civil War bullet holes at the Carter House in Franklin, TN

Tom on a Sherman tank in Monte Cassino, Italy

Tom on a Sherman tank in Monte Cassino, Italy. One of the highlights of my life visiting there.

Tom on a Sherman tank in Monte Cassino, Italy. One of the highlights of my life visiting there.

Greatest space vehicle from the greatest country.

Close up with a mockup of the greatest space vehicle from the greatest country, in Space Center Houston.

Close up with a mockup of the greatest space vehicle from the greatest country, in Space Center Houston.

Big Boy locomotive in Van Buren, AR

Largest locomotive ever built, Union Pacific 4014 Big Boy in Van Buren, AR

Largest locomotive ever built, Union Pacific 4014 Big Boy in Van Buren, AR

Ladybugs never go out of style, especially in a daisy.

Ladybugs never go out of style, especially all cozied up in a daisy in a field across the street.

Ladybugs never go out of style, especially all cozied up in a daisy in a field across the street.

Pennsylvania Railroad's beautiful GG1

Most beautiful locomotive, the Pennsylvania Railroad's GG1, enhanced aesthetic by designer Raymond Loewy

Most beautiful locomotive, the Pennsylvania Railroad's GG1, enhanced aesthetic by designer Raymond Loewy

A trip to the Island of Capri during my mission and my photojournalism life.

A trip to the Island of Capri during my mission and my photojournalism life. Best two years!

A trip to the Island of Capri during my mission and my photojournalism life. Best two years!

The "beautiful game" - MLS team Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto stadium in Utah

The "beautiful game" - MLS team Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto stadium in Sandy, UT

The

Borden family apple orchard at the Prairie Grove Battlefield

Misty morning in the Borden family apple orchard at the Prairie Grove Battlefield

Misty morning in the Borden family apple orchard at the Prairie Grove Battlefield

4th of July Stadium of Fire at Brigham Young University

4th of July Stadium of Fire at Brigham Young University with One Republic on stage

4th of July Stadium of Fire at Brigham Young University with One Republic on stage

A Kingfisher and other warplanes at the National Naval Aviation Museum

A Kingfisher and other warplanes at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL

A Kingfisher and other warplanes at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL

Tom on the Lobos soccer team in Fayetteville

Fayetteville city soccer league on the Lobos team - best way to spend an evening

Fayetteville city soccer league on the Lobos team - best way to spend an evening

Impressively shot while driving, a snow downpour of sorts. I love weather.

Love weather stuff. Shot during recent trip, a snow downpour of sorts.

Love weather stuff. Shot during recent trip, a snow downpour of sorts.

Arkansas Razorbacks football in the newly renovated stadium

Arkansas Razorbacks football in the newly renovated stadium, hoping for renovated success

Arkansas Razorbacks football in the newly renovated stadium, hoping for renovated success

The amazing SR-71 Blackbird

The gnarly SR-71 Blackbird of the Smithsonian collection, reminding of the old Cold War days.

The gnarly SR-71 Blackbird of the Smithsonian collection, reminding of the old Cold War days.

The abandoned tennis courts in Arizona where I learned how to play.

The abandoned tennis courts in Arizona where I learned how to play. Hopefully, not reflective of my present game.

The abandoned tennis courts in Arizona where I learned how to play. Hopefully, not reflective of my present game.