PES Friday: This Week’s Recommended Reads –8/3/2018

Whoa! The last time I posted one of these was on Memorial Day. Sorry folks…This was a result of getting behind on my #52ShortStories and having to sacrifice any available leisure time to get those tales typed out.

Which I did!

If you missed my guest post on the amazing Lauren Sapala’s blog, please check out a terse review of what I learned. I’m currently working on compiling a book of all of my stories, the processes around them, and a deeper review of the whole shebang. In the meantime, back to joyful reading.


In Cabin’d Ships at Sea by Walt Whitman

Here are our thoughts—voyagers’ thoughts,
Here not the land, firm land, alone appears, may then by them be said;
The sky o’erarches here—we feel the undulating deck beneath our feet,
We feel the long pulsation—ebb and flow of endless motion;
The tones of unseen mystery—the vague and vast suggestions of the briny world—the liquid-flowing syllables,
The perfume, the faint creaking of the cordage, the melancholy rhythm,
The boundless vista, and the horizon far and dim, are all here,
And this is Ocean’s poem.


‘This Frightful Catastrophe’ by Marc G. DeSantis in Military History Quarterly (Spring 2018)

…Tacitus does supply a fitting epitaph for the Cheruscan leader, calling him “the liberator of Germany” who had challenged Rome “not at its beginnings, like other kings and leaders, but when its empire was at its zenith…in war he was undefeated.”

I’d never heard of Arminius, but this article provided a fascinating glimpse into how his subterfuge changed the course of history.

Short Story

The Gray Man by Sarah Orne Jewett

That night there was for the first time in many years a twinkling light in the window of the haunted house, high on the hill’s great shoulder; one farmer’s wife and another looked up curiously, while they wondered what daring human being had chosen that awesome spot of all others for his home or for even a transient shelter. The sky was already heavy with snow; he might be a fugitive from justice, and the startled people looked to the fastening of their doors unwontedly that night, and waked often from a troubled sleep.

Not much in the way of plot, but the setting and character are drawn beautifully. An excellent piece for writers to study.

Happy Friday!


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