Category Archives: musings

Why I Left the Republican Party

By | October 29, 2012

An individual comprises many aspects. He has his various tastes, his desires, his values, his wants, his talents, his achievements, his dreams, his future, as well as the self-identification he places upon himself to say “This is me.” We are comfortable in thinking we know who we are, especially as we get older. We settle… Read More »

Why Obama 2012—from a Former Republican

By | October 28, 2012

In 1972 while in high school I was in an advanced art class. One of our projects was to create an iconic & perhaps ironic picture of a contemporary personage. I teamed up with my partner to paint a matching set of religious iconography for Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. Together we painted an Agnew… Read More »

Why I am NOT VOTING FOR Romney

By | October 24, 2012

Earlier I stated why I AM voting for Obama, and you can check my timeline for my reasoning. Now I’ll say why I am NOT voting for Romney, but note that I am not voting AGAINST. I am simply going to give the reasons why Romney could not get my vote. First, though, understand that… Read More »

Why I Am Voting FOR Barack Obama

By | October 22, 2012

I’m a life-long Republican, voting in my first election in 1974, and since 1976 I have voted the straight Republican ticket. I’ve served as a Precinct Committee Officer, and I’ve served as a delegate to my state convention in 1992. I was proud of my Republicanism, and kept voting the straight ticket through 2010. I… Read More »

When “We the People” Decide

By | October 20, 2012

From the Letter to the Editor I’m submitting: I’m writing to ask you, a voter and citizen of Washington, to carefully consider your choices this election. I’m sure you already do value your vote and cast it after thinking about the candidates and the ballot questions—the initiatives, the referenda, the propositions—where We the People get… Read More »

The Sequel: Many Waters

By | October 3, 2012

Here is the first draft of the synopsis/blurb for the sequel to Stars in the Texas Sky: Many Waters, the sequel to Stars in the Texas Sky, continues the story of Henry and Peggy as they explore young love, betrayal, temptation, and hoped-for restoration during a time of growing turmoil. It’s 1956 in Windmill, Texas,… Read More »

Sabbatical

By | September 2, 2012

After four months, Marty has returned from his time of rest and relaxation. He’s traveled across America and recharged his batteries, and now he’s ready to buckle down and get back to work. Well, maybe after the weekend. Like Marty, we all need those cycles of recharging and then of re-involvement. We have to have… Read More »

Book Group Readings

By | August 5, 2012

Hey, I’m working through my schedule to arrange book group readings & Q&A sessions for October and November. If you’d like me to stop by, please drop me a line at this website or using my e-mail, which is stephen @ this website.

Q&A Part Two: The Birth of the Novel

By | August 3, 2012

The book Stars in the Texas Sky is about growing up in the small Texas town of Windmill in 1952. Buy it here as  Kindle download: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008NNSU3U Buy it here as a brand-new paperback from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stars-Texas-Sky-Stephen-Matlock/dp/1477458786 When I started writing, I can’t say I knew how the book would end. The story flowed like… Read More »