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My latest book: the First World War memoirs of my grandfather-in-law

The cover of One Lucky Devil: The First World War Memoirs of Sampson J. Goodfellow (Shadowpaw Press). My latest book isn't one I wrote, it's one I edited. It's One Lucky Devil, the First World War memoirs of my grandfather-in-law, Sampson J. Goodfellow, published by my new publishing company, Shadowpaw Press. I always knew that this would be the second book from Shadowpaw Press, after my collection of short stories, Paths to the Stars, and also knew I wanted to time it to come out just before this November 11, the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the Great War. It's ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:49, November 7th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Shadowpaw Press, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Obituary for my mother, Nina Mae Willett, 1926-2013

I'm very sorry to report that my mother, Nina Mae Willett, died yesterday morning in Weyburn at the age of 87 years. Here is the obituary I've written for her for the Weyburn Review. Several years ago my Mom wrote her memoirs (and well-written they are, too, as you'd expect...don't tell ME there's no genetic component to writing ability!). Going forward, I'm going to post some excerpts here, and work to get them into shape to put them into book format for the family. Because my mother deserves to be remembered--and because I can help ensure she is. OBITUARY FOR NINA MAE WILLETT, 1926-2013 Nina Mae Willett died peacefully in her ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 0:21, May 31st, 2013 under Blog | 27 Comments »

Grandpa, big brother, and me

My brother Jim took home a bunch of my father's old slides after his visit with my Mom over the weekend, and has started scanning some of them and posting them over on Facebook. I particularly liked this one. This is me (the little guy), my brother Dwight (five years older to the day) and my Grandpa Willett (whose initials, E.C., I share). My dad obviously took the photo. I still have memories of this day in Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle--we were living in the small town of Tulia at the time, and this wasn't too far away. This is 1965, which makes ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:15, May 13th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

The First World War Memoirs of Sampson J. Goodfellow, Part 28: Flashback – Early Childhood

I'm posting the First World War memoirs of my grandfather-in-law, Sampson J. Goodfellow, a few pages at a time... (Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:45, December 11th, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

Photo of the Day that was Taken Seven Years Ago: Happy Birthday, Alice Laura Mae!

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:51, June 13th, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

Posted with my wife’s permission:

"Study: Women Are in Charge at Home":A study, which was just released, finds that wives have more power than their husbands in making decisions and dominating discussions.

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:54, July 11th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

And the first shall be…first

A few years ago I wrote about the effect of birth order on personality, a topic of particular interest to me as the youngest of three boys.At the time I noted that birth order has been studied since early last century, when psychologist Alfred Adler suggested that an only child may become over-protected and spoiled; a second child is often very competitive, wanting to overtake the first child; a middle child may feel insignificant and react by either being even-tempered or a fighter against injustice; and a youngest child always wants to be bigger than the others, may come up with huge plans that seldom work out, and may well be spoiled.More recent studies (I wrote) ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:18, July 9th, 2007 under Blog, Science Columns | Comment now »

Pottery (nothing to do with Harry)

I majored in journalism in university but I minored in art. (Well, actually I minored in Dungeons and Dragons, but the university refused to give me credit for it. Go figure.)Of all my art classes, my favorite was pottery. I loved making pots, but as a certain hideously ugly four-kilogram cream pitcher can attest, I was never very good at it.It's been a while since I made any pots. However, I now have a potter in the family: my sister-in-law, Cindy Clarke, is a professional potter, and my oldest brother, Jim, is perforce also involved in the throwing, glazing and firing of clay. They own a gallery, Out of the Fire Studio , on Jasper ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:41, June 25th, 2007 under Blog, Science Columns | Comment now »

Firstborn children are the cleverest

I'm the youngest of three boys. I've sent this story to my oldest brother in the hope he might be able to explain it to me.

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:27, June 21st, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

For Father’s Day…

...the eulogy I wrote for my father, James Lee Willett, who died five years ago.EULOGY FOR JAMES LEE WILLETT, 1926-2002James Lee Willett was born January 9, 1926, in Mesilla, New Mexico, to Ewan Chambers Willett and Bessie Brown Willett. He received his elementary education at Burkburnett, Texas, and his secondary education at Coffeyville, Kansas.He attended Harding College, in Searcy, Arkansas, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and social studies, with minors in English and education—and met his future wife, Nina Mae Spears. (They were both riding home for Christmas, 1944, with the same boy—and ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:41, June 17th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »