Standing at the top of one of the ruins at Altun Ha: Nov 2013 My husband is awesome. When I asked him if we could go to Belize for our honeymoon so I could see some of the areas my dad made his grandiose drug run, he said yes. One spot I had to check … More Belize: The Northern Highway
ADIZ or Air Defense Identification Zone In Sugar Alpha, there’s a lot of pilot-speak. When I originally drafted the book, I wanted non-skydivers and non-aviators to also enjoy the story. However, without destroying the plot in defining terms, I had created a glossary of terms. The glossary didn’t make it in the final cut. So … More Aircraft Speak Glossary
Skydiving Magazine Ever want to jump out of Sugar Alpha? Well, she’s a lawn ornament these days in Ohio. A group has gotten together a few years to try to get her restored to her old World War colors and tagged with her original name, Lulu Belle. http://www.SavingLuluBelle.com But if you were a skydiver back … More Bits & Pieces
Excerpt from Chapter Two: Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Comic Book They were the notorious members of the Midwest’s only challenge to California’s skydiving dominance: the exuberant, outrageous outlaws known as “The James Gang.” And there at Hinckley the legend began, on a fine blue-sky afternoon, when “Pops” Connor offered to provide Carl and Roger, and … More Origins of the Freak Brothers
Mr. Douglas at Skydive Sandwich This photo illustrates the following excerpt from Chapter Five: Sugar Alpha: “Tell him his next jump’s on me and I’ll—” Roger said, stopping short as he realized that the windsock had turned 180 degrees since they took off. Then he realized something else and turned toward the end of the … More Chapter 5: Sugar Alpha Summer 1982
Chapter 1: Freak Brothers I found myself going back and reading Sugar Alpha, as a reader this time and not a writer! I am so fond of my family’s history in skydiving that Chapter One made me well up all over again. I’ve heard that these historical chapters read slow to some readers, but to … More Chapter 1: Freak Brothers
I had never heard of Paraquat until Sugar Alpha. It wasn’t clear in my dad’s original manuscript what it was however in later paragraphs he tries to illustrate the sick marijuana harvests, people and animals. So I had to do a little digging. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraquat Basically, Paraquat is an herbicide and during the late 1970s and … More Para – What??