January Photo Contest! Win Advance Copy of “Combat Commanders!”

By | January 13th, 2013|

Step #1: Take an interesting picture of Norwich Matters and/or Norwich Heroes - paperback or eBook (see examples on this page). Step #2: Post your pictures to my Facebook Page by midnight on January 31st, 2013. Enter as many times as you'd like. Step #3: At the end [...]

We Need More Books

By | October 9th, 2012|

Over the past two years I've met Norwich graduates from every decade going back to the 1930s. I've met them at receptions, dinners, sporting events, and while walking down the street. And at least once a week I hear one of the following: "I'm thinking about writing a [...]

The Price of a Purple Heart

By | August 5th, 2012|

The Purple Heart is one of the most well-recognized medals given to members of the U.S. military. The Medal of Honor is a close second, but since the individual services have slightly different versions and the Purple Heart is one of the few medals that remains consistent across all branches (not to mention it’s purple and heart-shaped), I’m guessing that the Purple Heart squeaks out a victory in the “most recognizable” category.

Merry Christmas – Support the Troops

By | December 25th, 2011|

Merry Christmas! Especially to those currently serving overseas and unable to celebrate Christmas with their families. Here are just a few ways to support and thank them for their selfless sacrifice - the reason most of us sleep through the night with few worries. Thank you! Support Our Troops Yellow [...]

Intro. to Dominican Economics

By | January 21st, 2011|

Lesson 1: Supply and Demand Several years ago I was on the north coast (Cabarete area) of the island hanging out with a friend. My friend was a heavy smoker and had just returned from the colmado (i.e. bodega, typical convenient store). He was shaking his head as he recounted [...]

How To Take Criticism

By | January 7th, 2011|

A few months ago I read historian Steven Pressfield's Gates of Fire and it knocked me on my ass. After reading the last page I closed the book, set it down on my desk, and wondered how a human being could have created such an awe-inspiring work of art. It's [...]

Required Reading for Anyone Interested in the Dominican Republic

By | November 1st, 2010|

If you are like most people you research places you are about to visit for the first time. I would guess that about 60% of people do this. When it comes to the Dominican Republic and the people who have either traveled there or plan to travel there, I think [...]