I was asked to write a short story about my ascent from poverty that would be a part of a book written by several that had come from poverty to make their way in the world, this is my story.

First Sergeant at 169th SIG CO in Korea contributed by the author

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. — George Herman “Babe” Ruth

I was asked to write a short story about my ascent from poverty that would be a part of a book written by several that had come from poverty to make their way in the world, this is my story.

No matter what misery life hands you, handle it! Never give up, for you never know what lies around the corner.

I was born in a one-room, converted garage in West Old Town, Maine. …


I never felt safer or more loved than in my Nana’s kitchen. Also, I never went hungry.

Plated bread pudding with topping.
Image by Digna Cassens from Pixabay

The Rules Are Simple:

When you accept the challenge, you must tag who you received it from and add/tag others. I received the challenge from Ana Ryan. Look for my tags at the end. Copy the subtitles and share your own experiences. It’s that easy, and kind of fun!

We tend to put a monetary “value” on everything or use money as a yardstick. I remember my first article for Yahoo contributor paid $14. You would have thought I wrote a Pulitzer.

The amount didn’t matter. Yahoo also paid a per view stipend, so it could have meant a residual income, but they dropped the program a few months later.

I wrote for Textbroker at around $3 to $5 per article. Longer articles meant more money! On a typical day, I made $25 or $30, though I had rare days when I made over $200.

I have had two…


The Global War on Terrorism has enlightened the world to the problem of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but it is not just a combat Veterans’ disorder.

Photo by Polina Zimmerman from Pexels

As a First Sergeant in the US Army with 28 years of service, I witnessed many PTSD incidents both diagnosed and suspected.

Leaders at all levels, military and civilian, should avoid making diagnoses about PTSD without consulting medical personnel. Even experienced medical personnel find it challenging to diagnose accurately.

I remember one such first-line supervisor I had to correct because he told me one of his Soldiers was faking PTSD to get out of work. He said, “He’s full of shit, First Sergeant, he probably never even saw combat.”

He was shocked to learn that not all PTSD is combat-related…


If you’re thinking you won’t like it because you don’t like manga, put that out of your mind. This is excellent!

Alice in Borderland Collage Created by the Author

NOTE: I guess we should get the warnings out of the way. If you have a weak heart, you should probably choose another series. Likewise, there are some scenes with sexual overtones, though no full nudity. However, it is for mature audiences as there is plenty of blood and violence.

AiB is a Japanese manga series illustrated and written by Haro Aso. The series was brought to Netflix in live-action.

In the eight, roughly 42-minute episodes, near Tokyo, three high school kids bored with life are transported to an alternate universe (best guess by the participants).

The three are recklessly…

Make no mistake, that was an interesting read!


There are many restaurants to choose from around Bar Harbor, all with various menus when you’re hungry, even for you land lovers. Of course, there’s always surf and turf!

The Travelin’ Lobster World-Famous Lobster Roll from their website

In case you’re not familiar, the turf is steak, and surf is a lobster tail. Typically, the steak is a filet minion or rib-eye. However, you should always ask because some restaurants consider sirloin strips and shrimp, surf and turf. Nope, not to me.

Though, it’s enjoyable if it’s cooked right. I like both items quickly seared, separately in a frothy butter and garlic mix. Both the sirloin and the shrimp will get tough if you cook them for too long. Then, squeeze fresh lemon on the shrimp once it is plated.


Whenever the conversation comes up about where to go for your honeymoon, Las Vegas is in the top five. It’s usually number two in the world behind Paris.

Las Vegas, NV from Pexels-Pixabay

A Vegas honeymoon should include world-class accommodations at a 5-star hotel, live performances by the best in the entertainment industry, a flyover of the Grand Canyon, a romantic gondola ride, Cirque du Soleil, and some of the best food and drinks available anywhere.

That’s what a classic American honeymoon in Vegas offers, and more.

First, you’ll need to decide where to stay — not an easy task because everywhere you turn are the world’s finest.


If the thrill of taking the ferry out to Ellis Island on the historic European immigration trail gets you excited, how about meeting Lady Liberty? You can climb to the top and see New York, NY, the “City That Never Sleeps.”

Palisades Park, NJ — The Amusement Park Source

The story of Palisades Park is rather sad when you think about it. Palisades Park was one of the biggest amusement parks in America, 38 acres, in fact. The amusement park is gone, though it is still warmly referred to as the Park.

Palisades Park, NJ Film by the Counting Crows

This is the Official video uploaded to YouTube by the Counting Crows. Like or subscribe if you found it worthwhile.

Although the “Park” isn’t what it is used to be, there are still many fun things to do there in the summer. Some have expressed a need to travel and get out of the house this…

Stephen Dalton

Stephen Dalton is a retired US Army First Sergeant with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Top Writer in VR, Short Story, and Creativity!

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