Monthly Family Update – September 2016

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. Family Update
  2. Today’s Christian Living Column
  3. A Nice Note from a Fan
  4. Events of the Last Month
  5. Upcoming Events

  1. Family Update

It’s August, and Pikes Peak is covered with a dense white cap of fresh snow. It’s beautiful and we love the view of the peak from our new home. We’ve settled in nicely and are enjoying a smaller home closer to town. It’s a blessing and a treat.

We feel our new home is just perfect for us. We love the neighborhood and our new neighbors. It’s been a great experience for us and has been, overall, delightful.

I’m still working on the book about my dad’s war exploits. I’m well into the actual writing, which is exciting. And, even moreso after my trip last week to the U.S. Army War College Library and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA. Their archives and documents were extensive and I found incredible information, which will improve the book. I even found first drafts of three unpublished books that were written by officers who fought in the same unit as my dad. Priceless.

In a couple of weeks I be doing additional research at the National Archives in College Park, MD. And, I ‘ve been told they are likely to have even more amazing resources. We’ll see.

I deeply enjoy the research and the writing, and am praying that one day it will come to fruition as a published book. We’ll see!

  • Today’s Christian Living Column

I’m privileged to write a Q&A column for Today’s Christian Living. Here are some of the recent questions I’ve answered.

  1. The Lowdown on GMOs
  2. Don’t Be Spineless—Ask for a Second Opinion on Back Surgery.
  3. A Bone of Contention About Drinking Milk.
  4. Do Fitness Bracelets Get a Clean Bill of Health.
  5. Video Games Aren’t All Fun and Games.
  • A nice note from a fan

I thought you’d enjoy seeing a very nice note I received this month from a fan about my blog, where I’m running part of a chapter from my book, Bryson City Tales, once a week. It was an encouragement to read:

Thank you, Dr.Walt, for this blog. Very timely to receive, as my wife and I are going to the GSM (Great Smoky Mountains) in September for our 34th wedding anniversary.

I love your books, but the start of reading them began in an interesting way.

We were staying at the Fryemont Inn, our first time visit, and we were admiring the reception/great room with the giant fireplace, when we noticed books for sale.

The lady gave us a great info/sales pitch and we bought your first book.

While on the railway excursion my wife began reading the book first, and some point she said she was not getting going with it ( sorry about that).

I took it and checked the chapters and found “deadman walking.” Well you can’t just let that go by without a look!

At some point my wife looked over and asked, “Honey, are you crying?”

Yep. I was moved by the story, the details you put, I love that.

More importantly, Doctor Walt, I want to be like that guy, his testimony, the tearful but calm demeanor you said about the family members, because they knew exactly where his spirit was and what his eternal destination would be.

It was more than a moving, tearful story doctor, it was motivational! A call to emulate this man’s desire to serve his Lord and be a servant to family and fellow man.

Doctor Walt I have re-read your books several times, I really appreciate your gift, thank you for sharing with the world.

Sincerely,

Danny Windsor 

No, thank you, Danny—for the blessing you’ve given me!

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  • Events of the last month
  • Aug 19-21: We were to spend a R&R weekend in Denver relaxing and watching our friend, Chris Coghlan and his Chicago Cubs as they played the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. We did see the games, but unfortunately, Chris was injured and could not make the trip. We’re praying for a rapid recovery for our pal.
  • Aug 22-24: I was at at the U.S. Army War College Library and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center researching my latest book—a non-fiction book about my father’s exploits in World War 2. I spent a very, very fruitful three days there and am grateful to their professional staff and new friends, Mike and Pam Gaudiose, for hospitality and assistance.
  • Aug 25: I had the privilege of sight seeing in Amish Country and watching Sight and Sound’s production ofSampson” in Lancaster, PA. A dear friend and multi- award winning film composer and sound designer, John Doryk, wrote the music and lyrics. It was an amazing production—both uplifting and inspirational. A “don’t miss” show if you’re in Lancaster or Branson (where they have a second location).
  • Upcoming Events
  • Sep 3-8: Barb and I will be vacationing in Charleston, SC.
  • Sep 9-11: I’ll join my dear friend, Bill Peel, to teach another Grace Prescriptions Conference for the Christian Medical and Dental Associations.
  • Sep 17-21: I’ll be at the National Archives near Washington, DC, doing more book research.
  • Sep 22-25: I’ll be in Baton Rouge for a reunion with my three brothers and their families. I’m so looking forward to this time. We’ve not been together since mom died nearly 10 years ago.
  • Past Issues of our family newsletter

You can get more information on many of our upcoming events here.

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