Shoot the Damn Ball

Shoot the Damn Ball

I was known as a shooter during my senior year of basketball. When I had a slight opening, I drove to the basket. When I didn’t have an opening, I worked hard to create one. But it wasn’t always that way. I’ll never forget that night on the court when shooting the...
A Tribute to the Family Farmer

A Tribute to the Family Farmer

By Harold William Thorpe—author of The O’Shaughnessy Chronicles, a farm family’s epic four-book history. I learned life’s most important lessons from family farmers. The farmers I knew best were family members, but those I extol here could be any family-farmer. I...
Bang Your Doors Off the Wall

Bang Your Doors Off the Wall

I drew upon the golden days of radio when I ventured into the modern world of podcasting. >> Listen to my interview on The Author Show << I was addicted to radio serials as a youth. I raced home from school, banged the front door off the wall, and planted...
A Poem for My Dad

A Poem for My Dad

My mother wrote poetry throughout her life, some mediocre and some quite poignant. She wrote the following poem about her father, Will Fitzsimons. Although it’s far from the best she’d written it did describe her feeling toward her father. It’s easy to see that she...
A Salute to All Farm Workers

A Salute to All Farm Workers

Society’s most important function is feeding its people. The United States does its share and more. U.S. farmers are some of the most productive workers in the world. The United State’s 2.1 million farms compose 2% of our labor force (1) and its 2.5 to 3 million...
For the Love of a Teacher

For the Love of a Teacher

By Harold William Thorpe—author of The O’Shaughnessy Chronicles, a farm family’s epic four book history and the Good Friends Storybooks for children.   Teachers develop America’s most valuable resource—its children. For the well-being of our nation we must fully...