Architect’s memoir entertains, informs, instructs

Today, Thursday, Sep. 30th, my new architectural memoir, Becoming an Architect: My Voyage of Discovery, hits the stands. One early reader, a prominent St. Louis architect calls it: Enjoyable, fun and courageous! Although there are plenty of books about great architects, very few of them show how architects think and …

Becoming an Architect: My Manifest Destiny

Becoming an Architect: “Grandpa followed the trail of Lewis and Clark, built rails to open up the West and helped fulfill America’s Manifest Destiny. Learning what architecture is, what it should be and how I fit in would be mine.” –Peter H. Green, AIA, Architect and Author Once I had …

Beta Readers: a no-nonsense guide

My St. Louis Writers Guild colleague Cherie Postill has written a no-nonsense guide on beta readers: how to find, qualify, train and get intelligent feedback from them: How to Train a Beta Reader and Sell More Books. Tools for beta readers Her techniques include providing two ingredients often missing from …

Grandpa’s advice: “Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!”

“Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!”  Grandpa’s advice appeared in a mid-1930s Chicago Herald-Examiner series, If I were twenty-one… Since many will seek new careers as America recovers from the pandemic, this is advice any young man or woman should follow today. A self-made man My grandfather, Frank …

Engineer on horseback: New memoir

An engineer on horseback, my grandfather rode his horse over a hundred miles home from western Montana to meet his newborn daughter. Frank J. Herlihy, civil engineer, designed and supervised construction of rail bridges for the Milwaukee Road. In 1913 he got news several days after the fact of the …

Military families: WW II vets and women at home

Military families come to mind this Veterans’ Day this year. Not not only our own military heroes, past and present, but also their families, especially the women, help defend our home front and our way of life. My friend E. Tracy Beckette, Brigadier General, USA  (Ret.), has hosted and produced …

Dad’s scoop: news of Japan’s surrender, August 14, 1945

On August 14, 2020, we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender, ending World War II. My dad, Private First Class Ben Green, a seasoned ad man who had assumed management by default of Armed Forces Radio Station WXLI, Guam, slapped the news on the air a 3:58 PM …

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