Beaumont painting of Baker bomb, Bikini 1946

Operation Crossroads atomic blasts captured in paintings from bridge of USS Fall River

In 1946, Arthur Beaumont was appointed the U.S. Navy’s Official Task Force Artist for Operation Crossroads Arthur Beaumont was assigned to the USS Fall River (CA-131), Flagship for the Target Fleet, at Operation Crossroads, the first postwar atomic bomb tests in the Bikini Atoll. A relatively new heavy cruiser (the Fall River was commissioned in…

Silhouette of writer at desk

Writers are natural self-isolationists

As Bill liked to say, “There’s only one way to write — ass in seat.” I like to soften his words to “derrière in chair.” As a writing team, we were natural self-isolationists together. We spent many days sharing a small office, not speaking to each other for hours, not wanting to interrupt the other’s…

Don't Overthink It... a writer's desk

“Don’t Overthink It” or maybe it was the Campari

I struggle with decision-making I over-think, over-analyze, and second-guess everything — small and large. I know I’m not alone. However, I would gladly separate myself from the rest of the over-thinking pack if only I knew how. Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel A new book title caught my eye, Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel. I…

“The Dogs I’ve Known In 2 Wars” Book 1: Iraq

You might say Bill and I discovered Dennis R. Blocker II…In 2008, we asked Dennis to write the Foreword to our Pacific Express: The Critical Role of Military Logistics in World War II (BMC Publications, 2009). Pacific Express became our best seller and landed on the Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List on the subject of…

The Thanksgiving when no one showed up

Thanksgiving Day, 1985. For our first Thanksgiving in our new home in Incline Village, Nevada, Bill and I invited Bill’s ski cabin group, San Francisco friends who had been sharing a ski lease at Lake Tahoe for thirteen winters since 1972. Bill and I woke up on Thanksgiving morning to three feet of fresh snow…