Monthly Family Update – November 2017

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. Job Change
  2. Still Lovin’ Our “New” Home
  3. Marriages Saved
  4. My Newest Book (hopefully): “Forgotten: World War II Stores about a Dogface Soldier, His Horses, and the 30th Infantry Regiment”
  5. Q&A from my Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  6. Last Month’s Events
  7. Upcoming Events

1) Job Change

I’ve so enjoyed the opportunity to both learn and practice Occupational Health with the Concentra Occupational Health Centers in the Colorado Springs and Denver areas over the last five years. I have some wonderful memories of working with some incredible health professionals.

But now I’ve been given an opportunity to practice with the Occupational Health Department at the University of Colorado Health Center. They are developing a series of occupational medicine centers in the Colorado Springs area and I’ll be able to practice at a center only a mile or so from our new home. I’m excited about this new opportunity.

2) Still Lovin’ Our “New” Home

We continue to enjoy our new home in Colorado Springs. Although we moved in May 2016, it still feels new. Our neighborhood and neighbors are wonderful. People actually visit with each other, care for each other, sit on their front porches while the kids frolic up and down the streets. The trails and parks are developing and an activity center will be built this next year with a swimming pool and gym.

We love single-level living and being much closer to town. Nevertheless, the back of our home is located on a huge green belt with lakes filled with hungry, dumb fish, and we have daily visits from a wide variety of birds and wildlife including deer, coyote, rabbits, foxes, and even this big fellow:

Yup, it’s a yearling moose … in our backyard.

3) Marriages Saved

Barb and I are grateful to have been asked to establish and run a Marriage Mentoring Ministry at our church, Academy Christian Church. Over the summer we gathered a leadership team of four amazing couples and began planning.

This fall we’re recruiting other couples to go through a Marriage Mentor Certification Course. We think we’ll have over a dozen couples trained and certified this fall. Then we’ll be open for the business of Saving Marriages Before (and after) They Start.

Barb and I will be starting with our first Marriage Mentoree couple this fall. Although we’ve mentored many couples over the last four decades, this is a new approach for us and we’re excited. Research shows that young couples who are mentored have both dramatically happier marriages and a much lower divorce rate.

You may remember that Barb and I did a marriage conference for this church last fall. We’ve now learned of a second couple who attended whose marriage was saved by what the couple learned. We’re so grateful to be part of such a wonderful ministry.

4) My Newest Book (hopefully): Forgotten: World War II Stores about a Dogface Soldier, His Horses, and the 30th Infantry Regiment

As frequent readers know, I’m be researching and writing this book about my father’s WWII exploits for almost ten years. The wonderful process has involved research trips to France, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, DC, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana.

During this time period, I’ve read or studied all or part of hundreds of books, magazine and newspaper articles, hundreds of web sites, and dozens and dozens of boxes of original war records. I developed a source document of over 1.5 million words and then wrote a manuscript that cites 290 books, 51 periodicals, 254 web sites, 145 newspaper articles, and over one hundred unpublished original war record documents.

An I’m happy to announce, I’m done! At least as done as I can be. I could have continued to write on and on about these amazing men. But, I had to stop, and send my baby off to an amazing editor, Mandi Mooney, to try to whip my meager writing skills into something that the average reader will both buy and enjoy—while all the while lifting up the memory of these forgotten men and their forgotten units.

After Mandi’s done, then Ace Agent, Greg Johnson, founder and president of WordServe, will shop the manuscript. Our goal is that the book will be picked up by major publishing house and aim for a publication date of Memorial Day, 2019. I’d sure appreciate your prayers during this process.

5) Q&A from my Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here are the Q&A’s from the September 2017 issue. I hope you’ll consider getting a subscription:

6) Last Month’s Events

  • Oct 3-8: Barb and I were in Chicago where I’ll be attended an AMA RUC We always love our time in Chicago, and this visit was no different. Michigan Avenue is always a treat, but especially in the fall.

See if you can find a guy from Colorado in this picture:

  • Oct 12-14: I was in Tulsa, OK, where I’ll taught a Grace Prescriptions conference, along with my good friend, Bill Peel, at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency. It was our first GRx Conference with an in-hospital practicum for the attendees. Thanks so much for your prayers. It was a blessed conference.
  • Oct 15-17: I stayed in Tulsa to do spiritual rounds with the residents, their attendings, and patients. It was a great time.
  • Oct 26: Barb and I attended the annual Life Network Gala and Silent Auction in Colorado Springs. We love supporting this great event supporting a fabulous cause. And, they took a nice picture of me with a smokin’ hot lady …

7) Upcoming Events

8) Past Issues of our family newsletter

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

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2 Responses to Monthly Family Update – November 2017

  1. Bonnie Happel says:

    Congratulations Walt on sending off your world war 2 manuscript. I know that you’ve worked long and hard on it. I’ll be looking forward to reading it.
    Lee and I are doing okay. It’s been quite a year for us. Both my mom and dad died and we just recently completed an estate sale of their home. Now we are getting ready to put their home for sale. That will be tough cuz my dad designed the house himself.
    We sure enjoyed our dinner at Commander’s with the two of you. Here’s hoping that you and Barb will be back in New Orleans again soon and we’ll have a chance to see you guys.
    Love, Bonnie

  2. Bonnie,

    Thanks for the kind words and the feedback. We LOVED our time with you guys and look forward to our next visit … whenever that might be. Of course, maybe Colorado Springs is in your future. It’s a pretty nice place to visit … and we know the perfect place to stay. Love to you both and we can’t wait until we next see you.


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