From the book Because I Fly, published by McGraw-Hill, 2002.
I wrote Because You Have Flown in 1987 as a tribute to a friend after he was permanently grounded for medical reasons. Today, I dedicate this poem to my husband, Tom. On 21 March, 2013, he will fly his last flight after flying airplanes for 43 years.
May the Lord give you
to wing out in new
to seek other horizons
My non-fiction military history book Kontum: The Battle to Save Vietnam won the Colby Award, which includes a $5,000 author's honorarium.
It was published by the University Press of Kentucky in September 2011. The award will be presented to me at the William E. Colby Military Writers Symposium at Norwich University in April 2013.