The 12 Doves of Christmas

Check Back Each Day -- the 14th through the 25th

I like dark chocolate and sometimes have a piece in the morning with my coffee. There’s a brand of individually wrapped pieces called Dove™ that includes brief thoughts and statements inside the wrapper. With our preparation for the holiday season each, my wife buys bags of them, and I thought beginning on December 14th, I would […]

To Be Alive…

An Alpha & Beta Story

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” –attributed to Marcus Aurelius Beta was making what we call Cyclops toast, one of our favorite breakfasts (others may call it ‘Eggs-in-a-Blanket’). That’s where you butter a slice of bread, fold […]

JACK | The Origin of the Jack-O-Lantern

Folklore Retold

Centuries ago a wastrel, a drunkard known as ‘Stingy Jack,’ wandered between towns and villages in Ireland. Calling none of them ‘home,’ Jack was known throughout the land as a deceiver, manipulator and otherwise dreg of society. On a fateful night, Satan overheard tales of Jack’s evil deeds. Unconvinced any man could or would do […]

Letters… from Long Ago

Love letters from long ago. Handwritten. Without spell check. A heart’s words dashed off simply on plain paper. In the envelope, a stamp and on its way. No way to pull it back—no retrieve and delete. We wrote them and waited. When received, we read and re-read them. We saved them. If we’re fortunate… even […]

For My Oldest, On Her Birthday

And the one regret--my failure--as a father

“It’s odd the things that people remember. Parents will arrange a birthday party; certain it will stick in your mind forever. You’ll have a nice time, then two years later you’ll be like, ‘There was a pony there? Really? And a clown with one leg?’” –David Sedaris Karen, I remember your birthdays, parties large and small… […]

SONDER

n. The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own

I love stories and words. Especially ones like sonder, which for me is both a word and a story. [Consider watching the video… it’s well worth two minutes thirty-nine seconds. I warn you that the thoughts it engenders might (hopefully) last much, much longer.] There’s a moment—usually early morning with a second cup of coffee—when […]

WISHBOOK (front) by Jack Carpenter With Dennis Lowery

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About WISHBOOK

Jack Carpenter takes a whimsical but realistic look at relationships, especially the way men engage with women. Sure, it’s quirky—written by a new author in a slightly offbeat way—but if you can stick with it for 2 ½ to 3 hours, we promise, applying what you’ve read will make you happier. Based on real-world experiences and interviews with women from all walks of life, WISHBOOK provides men with 10 common sense but often forgotten ideas to improve their relationship with the woman in their life. If you follow just three of the suggestions, we guarantee your relationship will improve. WISHBOOK is a fun book about a serious topic. It should be read and embraced by every man who wants to make a difference in—or rejuvenate—their life, love, and happiness.

The Author

Jack hails from Oak Harbor, Washington. He attended the United States Naval Academy. Following graduation, he served for 20 years in various ships and Pentagon tours culminating in command of a Tomahawk Destroyer. His business experience includes executive leadership positions in the Information Technology industry. He resides with his lovely bride in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

From Dennis Lowery

Before you look at the cover and title and form an opinion—what you think it is about—please read the Afterword from the book. [You can also read how the title came about here.]

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New Nonfiction With a Client

Give it as a comic–funny, haha–gift… give as a semi-comic–funny, ahem–gift… give as semi-serious… give as completely serious… give as a deadly-serious, ‘learn this or else’ kind of gift. It’s inexpensive, but also gives the reader the most invaluable advice of all. And if they–the reader–applies it… then the giver might be the one who […]