Douglas Arvidson is a past winner of the WICE/Paris Transcontinental International Short Story competition. His short fiction has been published in Paris, Prague, and in literary magazines in the United States and he was recently invited to be a staff writer for the Prague Revue, a cutting-edge, online literary journal ( The novels in his fantasy series, The Eye of the Eye of Stallion, include The Face in Amber, The Mirrors of Castaway Time, and A Drop of Wizard's Blood. His new novel, Brothers of the Fire Star, was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year national awards and as a finalist in three categories in the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards: Action Adventure Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Young Adult Fiction. It has become part of the pantheon of Pacific literature and is now included in school literature programs. Brothers of the Fire Star is an adventure story set in the Pacific during World War II and concerns two boys of different races and cultures who escape the island of Guam in a small sailboat when the Japanese army invades. They must then struggle to survive as they master the secrets of the ancient Pacific navigators. Appropriate for young adults as well as adult readers, Brothers of the Fire Star is available on Barnes & Noble, ( and Visit the author's website:

Monday, April 27, 2009

Love in the time of Swine Flu: An Anniversary

Here we are, last week, after twenty-eight years, toasting ourselves and our spectacular luck. In those years we raised two kids (successfully) and lived, taught, traveled, and sailed all around the world.

Let's see, we were in Iceland for two years, Germany for twelve, and Guam (where we lived on a 41-ft. sailboat) for eleven. We took some crazy risks (Running bulls in Pamplona? Running French drunks on the Champs Elysee in Paris on New Years Eve? Skiing the Matterhorn?) sailed in the Adriatic, the Greek Islands, the Chesapeake Bay, the Windward Islands in the Caribbean, and the western Pacific. We've gone walkabout in Australia and hiked in the mountains of Tasmania and the jungles of Bali. Wonderful. Once we went around the world by planes, trains, and automobiles including six days and nights on the Trans Siberian Railroad.

The next twenty-eight? Right now we're hunkered down happily on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and it fits nicely. But, we haven't been to Africa or South America yet--and what about India? I guess I'm bragging. I beg forgiveness--but it has been an awfully fine voyage so far.

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