Recent Reviews for David A. Schwinghammer
Little Crow (Short Story) - 7/13/2013 2:03:59 AM|
Interesting take about how a peaceful day for a farmer turned into something deadly. Those were the days, of course.
Saw a typo error with the use of "gage" in the third line; I think you meant to use "gauge"
Black and White and Red All over (Short Story) - 11/29/2011 10:39:41 AM
Nuns as teachers were often alternatly intimidating and annoying, those in my family taught by them referred to them as 'crows'. This title was not meant to flatter. They did teach you to diagram a sentence however!!! not a skill in great need these days, as you can see this excerpt has brought memories to fore....good writing, p.s. line 13 has the word class miss-spelled. Sandi
Prodigy with Hooves (Short Story) - 11/23/2009 5:38:20 PM
Enjoyed the walk down memory lane took me back to my own youthful misadventures great story
Little Crow (Short Story) - 11/9/2009 3:03:06 AM
Compelling story, David; well written!
(((HUGS))) and love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
MENGELE'S DOUBLE, Chapter One (Short Story) - 10/15/2009 1:50:19 AM
i'll read more
Mengele's Double, Chapter Five (Short Story) - 10/15/2009 1:48:10 AM
Mengele's Double, Chapter Two (Short Story) - 5/19/2009 4:22:04 AM
hold's reader interest
Alpha Female (Short Story) - 3/6/2009 6:02:03 PM
Oh my gosh--this is just about the funniest short story that I've ever read! Blue-haired barracuda? Mushmouthed duck? The Benedetto twins? There's just so much here to like! Great job!
MENGELE'S DOUBLE, Chapter One (Short Story) - 1/24/2009 3:13:32 AM
WOW! I am sorry you wont be posting chapter two, this had me on the edge of my seat, thank you for sharing this! You drew me in and didnt let go, and painted a very vivid picture of what was happening in my mind, thank you.
In Christs Love
War of the Wills (Short Story) - 7/27/2008 1:24:11 PM
Terrific story, Dave. Hey, I can't even tell you're a former teacher. :) Really, I liked this one a lot. I was hooked the whole way. Run through it with an editor's eye, though. There are just a few little boo-boos.
-- Dave Lane
The Telemarketer (Short Story) - 6/28/2008 5:25:10 PM
This is a very touching story! I didn't know that you had it in you to write with a romantic twist! I liked the characters, but Gus is the best... Cindy
The Ghoul (Short Story) - 6/23/2008 3:14:38 PM
If you like Stephen King, you'll love The Ghoul by Dave Schwinghammer! Hal Trask is an obituary writer for the Minneapolis Gazzette. In his spare time, he sidelights as a taxidermist. But does he "stuff" more than dead animals and family pets? The Ghoul may be ghoulish, but it is also filled with some humor. All in all, it's a great story.
Today, I go to God (Short Story) - 3/27/2008 11:51:50 AM
Great stuff, David. You have a very accessible style, and your characters really come alive with the subtle traits you ascribe to them. Very nice. - Dave Lane
All the Good Stories Are Taken (Short Story) - 3/18/2008 2:52:56 PM
Great stuff. I really couldn't stop reading, and I love the subtle humor throughout (sometimes not so subtle) and the literary references. Terrific.
Alpha Female (Short Story) - 1/18/2008 4:57:55 PM
Another excellent story. I really liked the way you characterized these people. Samantha certainly was an "Alpha Female." And Donald was so real and honest I couldn't help but like and identify with him. Wonderful!
Limbo (Short Story) - 1/18/2008 4:44:17 PM
Oh my gosh, David. Wow. This really took me by surprise. I was reading along, caught up in and enjoying this poor dad's story when suddenly it turned into quite another story altogether. Talk about fantastic use of irony. WOW!
Dems Invoke the Nuclear Option (Article) - 12/12/2013 10:06:05 PM
Great article David. When it comes to cruddy church/state alliances, nothing tops the 700 years of the Inquisitions when as many as 5 to 15 million innocent citizens were arrested, tried, imprisoned, tortured, and killed for the ghastly sin of heresy, ie, not buying into bullshit when they heard it. The bigger sin, of course, is buying into it.
Dems Invoke the Nuclear Option (Article) - 12/10/2013 7:50:04 AM
The fine article using the facts to point out where the problem is with our government. I would add one point. There is an underlying racism involved that, so far, 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, still isn't stamped out. Ideologies do not rely on fact or the will of the people, but on their own convoluted conclusions, both filled with greed and hypocrisy, to try to control. In the open discussion of the Internet, it won't work any more.
Empty Mansions, book review (Article) - 12/1/2013 5:42:10 PM
The Simple As Simpleton,i.e. Obvious
Those Rich $ Have Neither Brains Nor
Intelligence To Make Most Of It--
Of Course Asshole Corrupt Lawyer$ Always
Collect (Own) Their Million$ On
Empty Mansions, book review (Article) - 11/30/2013 11:58:29 PM
I shall have to put this book on my list of books I want to read. Thank you.
Empty Mansions, book review (Article) - 11/27/2013 12:56:35 PM
Very interesting. It should be no surprise that rich people have strange habits. Keeping mansions in good condition that you never going to use or live in, certainly is weird.
Pilgrim's Wilderness, book review (Article) - 11/15/2013 9:45:52 AM
'Sounds like a "real nice guy". Your review of this book made me dislike him right out of the shoot!
Pilgrim's Wilderness, book review (Article) - 11/11/2013 7:42:01 AM
I have to assume that this is a true story, an exposé of one of the serious problems posed by the freedoms we have as Americans. From what I read, Pilgrim was an opportunist and sociopath, preying on everyone and everything in his path, including his family.
Tom Kizzia has done us all a favor by writing the story and getting it out.
Write Yourself Into a Corner, book review (Article) - 11/5/2013 1:27:20 PM
You are some kind of wonderful critic.....weighing both sides! Remarkable!
WWII Cartoonist, book review (Article) - 10/28/2013 11:10:53 AM
Bill was iconic. Unfortunately his work, while it will be around forever on the Internet, will fade in memory and value as time moves on...
WWII Cartoonist, book review (Article) - 10/27/2013 11:26:40 AM
Well done, David. Bill was one of the very few enlisted men of WWII to be remembered by history. Thanks.
Roanoke Island, book review (Article) - 10/25/2013 8:25:40 PM
Oh, what momens of an autmn dat! You drew is with you words!
Write Yourself Into a Corner, book review (Article) - 10/13/2013 1:21:04 AM
Roanoke Island, book review (Article) - 9/30/2013 6:13:57 AM
So, after many books and inquiries, the mystery continues. Perhaps with better diagnostics and more evidence, it will someday be solved.
I do believe that local Indian populations had a great effect on the earliest of settlers. I also believe that these settlers looked down upon the “savages” and treated them rather cavalierly. And yes, disease was a major factor in the decline of Indian tribes. Some wiped out entirely by European diseases.
Billboard Theology (Article) - 9/14/2013 11:41:02 AM
Thanks for enlightening me on a number of subjects and ideas I hadn't read or heard of before. I find the idea of advertising religion to be a sign of our times. We are a consumer society and we do tend to consume whatever they put on those big signs in the sky (my ex-wife sold billboard space and enjoyed doing it).
I agree with Jansen, most Christians, as well as other religions, are so conditioned from early childhood, that their whole life and livelihood is tied up, somehow in these mythologies that come, as you have read, from the sub conscience of the great and insane, and, with repetition and time become part of all followers psyche. It is really hard to be a free thinker and break from the chain. I certainly can see that you have, as have I.
Billboard Theology (Article) - 9/13/2013 9:23:00 AM
All probably true, David, but I don't think facts or reason will change any religious person's stance so long as they get what they want from participating. I think of religion as a powerfully seductive form of entertainment, an addiction like drugs, sports, violence, etc. - we all seem to have our preferences when it comes to simple, easy to understand rules, and a constant allure. Excellent article, as usual. Best, Jan
Baghdad Without a Map, book review (Article) - 9/7/2013 6:32:24 AM
Between your book review and Ron's review of it, I am more convinced than ever that we are the best thing going on.
Baghdad Without a Map, book review (Article) - 9/5/2013 6:53:08 AM
Brought back memories. I had a graduate student from Yemen that, after his MBA, taught in the University in Sana'a and kept in touch with me. The only guy I know who could drink a bottle of booze without being fazed.
When I was in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin surrounded by many Indians and Pakistanis, they frequently asked me about “what to do to date American girls.” Dating was so foreign to them. Some of them were already married and thought nothing of having a girlfriend or another wife… Probably because they had to be very rich (and arrogant because of it) in order to come to United States at that time to study.
Egypt was full of contradictions. I most remember all the cabs with crooked headlights (because of all the potholes?) That no one seemed to be able to get aimed right. All of the coffee shops and windows to the street there were so grimy and smeared hand prints that it would make a neat nick throw up. The maître d' in a fine French restaurant chasing a big rat across the dining room, trying not to alert the guests.
Seeing a 5 foot high pile of tomatoes rotting in the sun in a very small village with children in the street, suddenly dashing out of the way of two brand-new red fire engines racing through town kicking up dust.
Into the Wild, book review (Article) - 9/2/2013 1:14:43 PM
Thank you for this fine review.
Into the Wild, book review (Article) - 8/27/2013 7:01:28 AM
When I was young, I enjoyed the wilderness, but had no preconceptions of surviving there without a lot of support. I am watching a lot of “survival” reality shows, and they show the foolhardiness of trying to live off of nature alone. It gives me great respect for our ancestors who were hunters and gatherers and why they had so many myths and legends to protect them from their own adventurism that might lead to instant death. The elders, survivors, carefully taught the young how to make it.
Chris McCandless was indeed, foolhardy. I also wonder why he lived so long. It makes me think of all those European immigrants, mostly trappers and explorers who set off into the wilderness and, if they weren't helped by the natives they met, died without writing their stories. Of the ones that did, and there are many, I find those true life stories much more fascinating than fictional ones. Davy Crockett's real life was much more interesting than the TV show about him.
The Zookeeper's Wife (review) (Article) - 8/15/2013 8:01:03 AM
I haven't heard of the book, but I've heard of the Zabinskis. Perhaps from discussions of the book. That's where their story came to light. They truly were very courageous, like so many throughout Europe who helped and hid the Jews. Many were discovered and lost their lives or were sent to prison.
Another fine review.
The Zookeeper's Wife (review) (Article) - 8/14/2013 4:51:50 AM
Sounds like an interesting, perhaps too tearful read. Tortured animals are usually surrogates to those unable (or unwilling) to admit the human suffering around them. To have both staring us in the face sounds formidable.
The Lost Painting, book review (Article) - 8/5/2013 9:26:37 AM
'Sounds like a book I would enjoy! Thanks!
The Lost Painting, book review (Article) - 7/29/2013 5:56:14 AM
I've been watching the TV show, History Detectives, and this book has that kind of feel. Frankly, I find real history inquiries much more interesting then fictional ones. Probably because the characters involved (and they are real characters) are so interesting in themselves. And then, when it comes to fine art, the numbers, in dollars, are striking. Everyone would love to own a masterpiece.
Looks to be a very interesting read.
7-Eleven (Article) - 7/19/2013 6:41:37 AM
Go, Colonel Sanders!
7-Eleven (Article) - 7/17/2013 12:44:02 PM
Murdoch doesn't have to own the lame-stream media because they are fellow corporatists and we well know about the 'code of silence' which pervades boy's clubs of all kinds. Thanks for writing about it. Haven't seen much at all, even on alternative media.
Myth (Poetry) - 2/6/2013 8:02:58 AM
Couldn't have said it better myself. Man keeps coming up with excuses for existence that don't make any sense, but generally end up with dollars in his pocket. The sooner we get rid of all this myth, the better. Makes for great history and drama––where it should stay.
Myth (Poetry) - 2/5/2013 8:00:24 PM
This is why I enjoy "Zeitgeist The Movie" so much!! "We all need somthing to believe in......" The Rolling Stones
Never My Love (Poetry) - 4/22/2012 4:39:59 PM
Ah but my dear man, things happen for many reasons. Lovely enjoyable read :)
Girls Who Wear Glasses (Poetry) - 4/22/2012 4:37:58 PM
I am so laughing! I was called four eyes all through school being one who grew up in the 50's to 60's era. Those lovely cat glasses. Trust me, no soul was making a pass at me! But what a marvelous poem! Left me with many smiles
The Do Drop Inn (Poetry) - 4/20/2012 10:41:52 PM
I think I've been there!
Alumni Game (Poetry) - 3/31/2012 1:46:46 PM
I like this!
Alumni Game (Poetry) - 3/31/2012 8:17:27 AM
Now that's a lopsided score if I ever saw one.
Stradivarius (Poetry) - 9/30/2011 4:56:34 AM
So intense and absolutely beautiful!
Girls Who Wear Glasses (Poetry) - 9/24/2011 7:21:00 PM
Oh my goodness! Well as a mom to 3 sons I reluctantly admit what you say may have some valid points. I do tell my middle son that quality is more important than quantity, to no avail! I wish it were different! Great insight!
Stradivarius (Poetry) - 9/22/2011 11:36:45 PM
Good work, David.
Snow-a-holic (Poetry) - 9/4/2011 6:25:27 AM
interesting prose ... well written ...
Snow-a-holic (Poetry) - 8/31/2011 6:40:05 AM
Hate to think about snow with 70 plus temps right now, but a good snowball fight is hard to pass up, such a stress reliever...e
Girls Who Wear Glasses (Poetry) - 7/26/2011 9:05:57 PM
You are right about one thing; men will make passes--'tis the nature of the beast even when one gets as old as I.
Girls Who Wear Glasses (Poetry) - 5/31/2011 10:12:55 AM
This is so amusing ... and true, David. Those were the good ol' days, ah yes, an interesting write and such fun to read.
Girls Who Wear Glasses (Poetry) - 5/31/2011 8:15:44 AM
WELL WRITTEN AND I WOULD THINK THAT A GUY DOESN'T HAVE TO BE 'HORNY' TO MAKE A WISE CHOICE...JUST UN-NARROW MINDED...AND FULL OF GOD'S VOICE. GOOD RHYME AND RHYTHM. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
The Do Drop Inn (Poetry) - 5/13/2011 8:35:24 AM
That Cash/Dylan duet was one of the worst things I've ever heard. But I guess they sound better while imbibing.
Ode to Neve Campbell (Poetry) - 12/24/2010 10:03:39 AM
I hope your healthiest fantasies become cherished reality.
Ode to Neve Campbell (Poetry) - 12/17/2010 1:44:47 PM
Grin, good poem, David. I like the last verse.
Never My Love (Poetry) - 12/17/2010 1:41:03 PM
Good poem, David.
The Do Drop Inn (Poetry) - 12/6/2010 12:27:56 PM
Sounds like a nice gathering of friends,
No matter how it ends
Never My Love (Poetry) - 9/24/2010 10:31:51 AM
The Do Drop Inn (Poetry) - 12/17/2009 2:57:15 AM
Great poem,take care
The Do Drop Inn (Poetry) - 12/16/2009 11:48:02 PM
Geez, do have another drink...
Be always safe,
The Do Drop Inn (Poetry) - 12/16/2009 12:19:30 PM
...'nother round bartender!
and lets play the juke box!
Johnny Cash...Ring of Fire :)
& some Bob Dylan...
I enjoyed my bar stool seat at
"The Do Drop Inn"...
Peace & Inspirations David
3 O'Clock (Poetry) - 2/25/2009 2:01:26 AM
David, it is 4:os, i got up at 2:30. I think the rooster woke me up.
but that is ok. i just worked on a poem. why can't you just turn the
clock around, and go back to sleep? i'll bet you spilled the hot milk, when you saw marley's ghost. enjoyed the poem. randy