December 30th, 2016

The imminent New Year demands resolutions while many of us remain in shock, overwhelmed that we (eventually) have to box up the holiday decorations and get back to work. I thought I'd share a poem that was part of my mental end-of-year dump. The structure and scheme progressively de-clutter, and it ends in a place I hope you enjoy. :) Wishing ... Read More

The story of the ugliest Christmas ornament

December 5th, 2016

It's December! I'm behind in my holiday preparations, but at least I've raised my tree and unpacked the decorations. While doing so, I again noticed one ornament that's been in my family's Christmas inventory forever. From maybe 3rd or 4th grade (I'll have to check). What, you can't tell what it is? This is a pull-tab flower ornament, the pet... Read More

A Destroyer Story

May 25th, 2016

For nearly three years, I was lucky to live in Astoria, Oregon, and after a few weeks of exploring the area, I visited its beautiful maritime museum on the Columbia River. One of the exhibits caught my extra attention as I moved through the rooms: the bridge of a WW2 / Korean War vintage destroyer. "Oh, cool," I thought, remembering the hund... Read More

Much better late than never

May 15th, 2016

I submitted the original version of MEASURE OF DANGER for a Publishers Weekly review two years ago and assumed it had been passed over. I'm grateful that it has now received attention, and it was worth the wait! The review on the PW site is here.   Read More

Roughly the size of two stacked nickels…

March 7th, 2016

Fascinating story today... "In its announcement, DARPA acknowledged that an implant is still a long ways away, with breakthroughs in neuroscience, synthetic biology, low-power electronics, photonics and medical-device manufacturing needed before the device could be used. DARPA plans to recruit a diverse set of experts in an attempt to acce... Read More


February 13th, 2016

Quick decisions. Long decisions. Bad decisions. Some decisions we have to make fast. Some we only think we have to make fast. What is the right mix of indecisiveness in decision? "Decision" I don't prefer To flip a switch When left or right Adjusts the dial I don't remove A precious chance When there is time To think A while Yo... Read More

Falling has fallen

January 28th, 2016

When I composed my author bio two years ago, I said I enjoy desert trail running and I’m “particularly good at falling down.” Back then, I had an irrational aversion to slowing down on training runs. For that, I sometimes paid the price, though I'm lucky I never had any serious injuries. I've most often tumbled during the Arizona summer as ... Read More


December 30th, 2015

As the year comes to a close, we're reminded of that big clock on the galactic scoreboard. I hope all of you start 2016 with the anticipation and simple promise of a winter's sunrise. My daughter took the shot posted below. I wish you all a happy and healthy 2016, and may you find your answer! --JK "Answer" You prayed for a flower Where on... Read More

Event at The Poisoned Pen

October 9th, 2015

I'm excited to announce an event next week on Wed 10/14, 7 P.M. at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, the premier mystery/thriller/suspense book venue in the Phoenix area. MEASURE OF DANGER will be featured with DRONE COMMAND by Mike Maden, and the event will moderated by Anne A. Wilson, former navy pilot, Annapolis graduate, and author of HOVER. Th... Read More

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