History and writing are my passions, but real estate and construction have been my business life for decades. Everyday someone comes into my office desperate to save their home and I do all I can to help. I have witnessed the heartbreak, the scams, and the brutality of the banks.
The same applies to war. I watched friend after friend come home from Vietnam in flag covered boxes. Those who made it back always left part of themselves over there. Our warriors of today, who have and are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, are experiencing the same thing, if not worse.
I have lived in the aftermath of poverty after my parents fled the Texas Panhandle during the Dustbowl. My mother and her family lived under tarps along the Willamette River in Oregon when she was only eighteen, while my father and his family scrapped out a living by share-cropping a farm in Bakersfield, California.
My mother's father, JB James, was born only ten years after the Civil War in Alabama. He was proud to be related to the outlaw Jesse James. He told his kids and grandkids that Jesse was a Robin Hood who robbed banks to give money to the poor. Banks were widely hated at that time, just like today.
My parents and the rest of the Greatest Generation worked hard to rise into the middle class, but now, once again, the middle class is under attack. Conditions may not as harsh today as they were during the Great Depression, but if Wall Street isn't re-regulated, conditions will definitely begin resembling the soup line days.
We all know Americans are tough. Just like the Greatest Generation survived the Great Depression, the Dustbowl, and WWII, we will get through these bad times--one way or another.
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RJ Janzen is a man dedicated to helping those who are losing their homes to foreclosure by suing lenders and those he believes caused the housing crisis. His powerful enemies try to stop him by accusing him of treason when they discover he was captured in the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. The fate of all involved rides on whether or not Janzen can prove he is really an American hero.
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- Green Grass on the Sunny Side of the Street (and other tales of a childhood gone bad)
on Nov. 24, 2011
I had a great childhood, but I had many friends who did not. Reading this outstanding book gives me insight into their lives and makes me wish I could have done something to help. I love the way the author writes in short, poignant chapters that stir emotions with story after story of an abused child's life and how he copes with it. The resilience of this child is inspiring. This book is a must-read. I hope the author writes a sequel so we can find out what happens to the child after he grows up.