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The Museum of the American Military Family is compiling stories for a book reflecting on war…

Attention New Mexicans, who are serving in the military, are military veterans, are members of a military family, and would like to write about your experience in that capacity…

Paul Zolbrod, Writer-in-Residence for the Albuquerque-based Museum of the American Military Family is seeking stories for its anthology “From the Front Line to the Home Front: New Mexicans Reflect on War.”

This anthology will include first-hand stories from all perspectives—service members, family members and friends who share their perspectives and experiences. Submissions can be about the recent Middle East campaigns, Vietnam, the Korean War era or World War II—and everything in between. All branches and ranks of the military should be represented.

How you can contribute:

Your story can be as long or as short as you choose. Just make it heartfelt, honest and interesting. We are looking for stories of trial and triumph and loss, stories that demonstrate the warmth and humor of military family life along with its inevitable tensions, offbeat stories that illustrate the variety that accompanies military life in war times–in other words– anything you want to tell of.

You don’t have to consider yourself an accomplished writer to participate. We will provide editorial services to sharpen your contribution.

The book will be arranged by stories of:

Legacy & Aftermath
For more information or to submit a story, please e-mail Writer-in-Residence Paul Zolbrod at

The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2016. Tentative publication date is scheduled for the fall. All stories become part of the Museum of the American Military Family Special Collection Library.


Announcement: DODDS Teacher Publishes Book

By Bill Hobbs

Winston Carter, legendary social studies teacher of our DoDDS World, has just published his long awaited book (“Guernica: The Wound in the Heart”) and it’s available on Amazon ( for $16 . Winston is one of the true scholars we saw (and worked with) in the DoDDS system, teaching in Frankfurt, Italy, and Nurnberg.  I am honored to be able to pass this word along.


“Guernica: The Wound in the Heart”–The Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 has long been forgotten by most people. Many believed this was the long anticipated struggle between fascism and communism with democracy caught in the crossfire. This book focuses on one of the most dramatic and tragic events of that conflict: the leveling of the sacred Basque town of Guernica on the late afternoon of 26 April 1937. Since then, historians have wrestled with the question of why the town was destroyed and by whom.   Read the rest of this entry »

Author Catherine (Cathy Boysen) Madison will discuss and sign copies of her new book:

The War Came Home with Him: A Daughter’s Memoir

 Wednesday, October 28, 2015

THIRD PLACE BOOKS: 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA. 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

KING’S BOOKS: 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA. 7 p.m.

Friday, October 30, 2015

ANOTHER READ THROUGH: 3932 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

BRAZOS BOOKSTORE: 2421 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

THE TWIG BOOK SHOP: 306 Pearl Parkway, #106, San Antonio, TX. 6 p.m.


During his years as a POW in North Korea, “Doc” Boysen endured hardships he never intended to pass along, especially to his family. Men who refused to eat starved; his children would clean their plates. Men who were weak died; his children would develop character. They would also learn to fear their father, the hero. In a memoir at once harrowing and painfully poignant, Catherine Madison tells the stories of two survivors of one man’s war: a father who withstood a prison camp’s unspeakable inhumanity and a daughter who withstood the residual cruelty that came home with him.

Doc Boysen died fifty years after his ordeal, his POW experience concealed to the end in a hidden cache of documents. In The War Came Home with Him, Madison pieces together the horrible tale these papers told—of a young captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps captured in July 1950, beaten and forced to march without shoes or coat on icy trails through mountains to camps where North Korean and Chinese captors held him for more than three years. As the truth about her father’s past unfolds, Madison returns to a childhood troubled by his secret torment to consider, in a new light, the telling moments in their complex relationship. Read the rest of this entry »

Talking Service: Hanging Out With Heroes and Great Literature

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Gold Medal awarded to Candace George Thompson’s “Still Having Fun, a Portrait of the Military Marriage of Rex and Bettie George, 1941–2007.” The Military Writers Society of America honored the book with first place in biography at their annual conference on September 28, 2013.  The entertaining and enlightening story had previously been awarded second place in biography by the 2013 Global Book Contest sponsored by LuckyCinda Publishing.

October 2013


“Still Having Fun,” described as a testament to the character and resilience of American military families has been called “a romance, a history lesson, an intimate view of a military family, an ode to military spouses, an entertaining and enlightening read with a few guaranteed tears” by readers and reviewers. Read the rest of this entry »