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Fragments and Figments: Short Stories

John Thomas Rickert

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ISBN 10: 1410708314 / ISBN 13: 9781410708311
Published by AuthorHouse, 2003
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Title: Fragments and Figments: Short Stories

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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Alfred Lord Tennyson in his poem, "Ulysses" has the aging hero say, "I am a part of all that I have met". To this the poet might have added: and of all that I have thought.

Storytellers find their stories among the broken fragments of their lives, things they have done, seen, or heard. They also find them among the scattered figments of their minds, things that they have deduced, dreamed or imagined. Their tales are crafted of these fragments and figments, with the mix varying widely. In the following stories that mix favors fact over fancy.

Three of the stories are taken from my experiences during the Korean War; two are drawn from my childhood; and one from the courtship of my grandparents.

About the Author:

John Thomas Rickert, Ph.D.,Lt.Col.USAFRet.

A third generation native of Houston, Texas – his maternal grandfather was mayor there during the 1890 s – he views himself in his eightieth year as soldier teacher, and farmer.

As a soldier he was an Air Force pilot in three wars: WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, flying combat in the last two. His awards include, the DFC, bronze star, and 14 air medals.

As a teacher he spent three years teaching Air Science at Princeton University; four years instructing limited war and counterinsurgency at the Air University; and eight years lecturing in American history and American government at Frederick Maryland s Community College.

As a farmer he raised registered Polled Herfords on his farm in Maryland.

After a lifetime love of short stories, he decided to try his hand at writing them with a view to adding author to soldier, teacher, and farmer.

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