Why A Log?

In The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Twain quotes John Hay regarding the imperative to write an autobiography.  Hay says,

And he will tell the truth in spite of himself, for his facts and his fictions will work loyally together for the protection of the reader: each fact and each fiction will be a dab of paint, each will fall in its right place, and together they will paint his portrait; not the portrait he thinks they are painting, but his real portrait, the inside of him, the soul of him, his character (223).

Aircrews recognize that an aircraft doesn’t crash in compartments.  Free time in Iraq allowed me to see that flying is a tremendous–I’d say flawless–metaphor for life.  (You can check out the metaphor in the beginning of this post.)  In short, in life, as with flying, the only way we get where we want to go–the future–is with each other.

By following Captain’s Log, you’ll receive posts that take less than 2-minutes to read Monday through Friday.  They might be creative writings, satirical news stories, “How To” guides, letters I wish I wrote, humorous pieces, book/movie reviews or other types which are more difficult to classify.  The intent of all the posts is to reveal life.

Like Hay said above, the most important thing you’ll find, if you look closely, is me.  And in finding me, you might just find you.

The only way to get there is together.


Twain, Mark, Harriet Elinor. Smith, and Benjamin Griffin. Autobiography of Mark Twain. Vol. 1. Berkeley: University of California, 2010. Print.


  1. Randall Shelton

    I really like your material of late. You are definitely on the awakening path and I heartily encourage you. Control of the masses was shifted and expanded to a worldwide status by the roman Catholic organization /church. They told just enough of the story that Jesus spread and altered the “final” chapter to make them(the church) the answer and the only salvation to the question as to what h when the body ceases to function. Today the reluctance of the public to investigate near death experiences is directly connected to that schooling..their success at mind control that was achieved by that movement is evident today in everything that is taking place and not taking place, Hiding the facts about crop circles is clear evidence of it. As is the whole UFO situation..

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  2. Randall

    The idea that we not being the only ones in this part of the cosmos has been withheld by all religious centers. It goes against the idea of God and Man being the stars of this gig. They couldn’t handle any change to the written word – that they wrote.
    As I understand it – the picture is much much bigger than they are willing to allow to get out. There has to be evidence of this in that magnificent Vatican library they are collecting – but not allowing any visitors to peruse. We being extensions of the Creator of the galaxy if not this cosmos requires someone who can alter their thinking to some extent. Most people can’t – or won’t. All because of what they were taught to believe before the age of 12 – and younger. There are ET’s on this planet and hangin’ out around – whenever we show signs of doing something stupid with our atomic artillery. If you’ve had any of your other lives made known – you will realize there is MUCH more to this picture of life on earth than most people think. Because they’ve been brain washed.
    There is far too much info now available for any thinking person to stay with the traditional “good news” . It’s definitely time to catch up on ones reading. Especially the stuff that’s been coming on the scene from totally credible people, Ken Wilber, Neal Donald Walsch and especially Eben Alexander, MD’s Proof of Heaven. They don’t come with better credentials.
    And if you’ll tell me where to send it…. I’ll even send you mine. It’s got a bibliography of more than 50.
    Glad to assist. and I really do like your blog….. or whatever you call it. 🙂

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  3. thewriteedge

    Hello, Pete. First of all, thank you for your service to our country. I’ve always had a deep appreciation for the service men and women who fight to keep us safe and free, but I’ve always been a little shy to say thank you. A couple of years ago I decided my gratitude — and, more importantly, your service — superseded any shyness on my part and that I just needed to get over it and start thanking the members of our military. So thank you.

    Thank you, too, for following The Write Edge. I’m thrilled you’ve added it to your reading list and hope you find it edifies your day.

    I read a few of your pieces and really like them a lot. So thank you, thirdly, for sharing your talent and love for this craft with the world. Have a great day!

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  4. Sheetal

    Hey Pete! Thanks for following my blog. By doing so you have brought your amazing blog to my attention. Your writing is superb. It would be a privilege to read your posts. Thanks again!


    • Pete Deakon

      Hello. Thank you for the totally unnecessary (but I must believe to be entirely true) compliment. We might just become good friends if you keep it up. 🙂 Have a great day. I’m looking forward to reading your future posts as well.


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    • Pete Deakon

      Hey James,

      Thanks for saying so. I like what you say about “no dogma or doctrine, just truth.” Ever read the intro to Tolstoy’s attempt at re-writing the gospel’s? I think you’d enjoy it. “The Gospel’s in Brief” is the name of the book where the intro is. Anyhow. Have a good one.



  5. grumpytyke

    Hi Pete. Thanks for the ‘like’ on my Christmas post. It’s a bit late to wish you ‘Merry Christmas’ but wishing you a great New Year with lots more writing. I’ll be back from time to time to read it.


  6. k2globalcommunicationsllc

    Dear Capt;

    We thank you for allowing us to board your fine machinery, we promise not to scuff the floors or leave any refuse for your crew chief/load master to dispose of.

    Just a reminder, we are live cargo, a payload of soldiers with a mission to accomplish just as you are a pilot with a mission and being Paratroopers we depend on you to accomplish yours so we may accomplish ours.

    It is not that we question your abilities for if we did we surely would never have boarded your fine machine in the first place. It is the hard banks, left then right; the extreme nose dive then climbs that pose the question.

    Perhaps, just perhaps, one of us offended you in or around Fayettville and this is how we must atone for that particular sin or the co-pilot thought it might be cause for a chuckle, no matter.

    Finally Captain, we thank you, knowing you must at some point attempt to land this fine machine, we must ask you to reduce your airspeed, please try to steady the craft a wee bit, that we may stand up, hook up, shuffle to the door, say our prayer and take our chances with the T-10 on our backs rather than participate in your attempted landing of this fine machine.

    Thank you Captain, someday we may fly with you again!

    -Sgt. Airborne
    A-Btry, 1/320 AFA
    82nd Airborne Division


  7. Bowrag

    As with everyone posting above. I am glad you stumbled upon my blog and I followed you here. This is a good place. We need to talk sometime and swap war stories of divorce.. lol


  8. dweezer19

    It’s very nice to meet you. Thanks for the like. WordPress is such an enigmatic curiosity. I love having a place to share my thoughts, images and mind wanderings. And I appreciate each and every person who “followed” me over the two years I have been blogging. Still, it amazes me that I get only a handful of those likes to a post and fewer comments. When I follow or “like” the blogs I do, it isn’t to attract or amass a weighty following but to truly connect with other humans, other creators, if you will. So I guess I write for myself, so that all that is “me” gets its due. I like your style. Keep doing what you do. Your soul shows in it. 😊


  9. philipdoddauthorofangelwar

    Thank you for taking the time to read my rather long post, Dawn Of An Idea, Chapter One of my light-hearted science fiction story, Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle. I enjoyed reading posts on your blog and I have clicked the follow button.


    • Pete Deakon

      Long indeed, Philip. First, let me be the most ardent and assertive personality to tell you that you need to publish it. There is no hope. Do it. Self (independent) publish if you don’t get lucky. You must. Don’t put it off. Second, I wanted to say that the thing I liked most was that I never doubted you that had a grand plan for Klubble and his unfolding story. Despite the length it doesn’t wander. Nice work.


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      • philipdoddauthorofangelwar

        Thank you very much for your encouragement and positive response to my post, Dawn Of An Idea, chapter one of Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle. I do intend to publish my story, but it needs pruning before that can happen. I wrote my story to amuse myself. Reading it, I suppose it seems like a light-hearted science fiction story for older children and, hopefully, adults, too. Thanks, again.


  10. pstpierre

    Hi Pete, Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    It’s nice to someone to encourage and believe in you but the bottom line is Believe in Yourself! You’re worth it. Never forget that.


  11. mairineilcreative writer

    Hi Pete, thank you for reading some of my posts. I hope your writing continues to be fulfilling and I’ll enjoy reading your reflections and opinions. The Internet is a wonderful tool when people from all over the world can chat as if they are sitting across the coffee table:) Keep writing, keep enjoying life.


  12. Marsha

    You are definitely pithy and a deep thinker. I don’t think I’ll find me in either of those statements, but that is what makes life interesting – meeting people that complete the parts of us that are missing. 🙂 Another great page. 🙂

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