Review of Craig Ryan’s “Sonic Wind”

Sonic Wind: The Story of John Paul Stapp and How a Renegade Doctor Became the Fastest Man on EarthSonic Wind: The Story of John Paul Stapp and How a Renegade Doctor Became the Fastest Man on Earth by Craig Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Craig Ryan has woven the true story of an American hero through the rollicking history of the late Twentieth Century. Dr. John Paul Stapp proved that human beings were capable of enduring massive G-forces by strapping himself into a rocket sled and undergoing incredible acceleration and deceleration. He and his team used the data collected during these runs to improve the safety of pilots everywhere. He designed the escape system that modern jet pilots still employ.

Arguably, Dr. Stapp saved more lives than any man who ever lived. Without him, seat belts would not be standard equipment in automobiles. Ryan chronicles Stapp’s campaign to make that happen, fighting the American auto industry at every turn.

Ryan tells the story in an easy matter-of-fact voice and a flair that keeps pages turning effortlessly. His research is impeccable and thoroughly documented. “Sonic Wind: The Story of John Paul Stapp and How a Renegade Doctor Became the Fastest Man on Earth,” is a must-read for aviation history buffs and anyone who is interested in how we arrived in 2015 with safer air and ground travel. It is a quintessential American story. With this book, Craig Ryan has cemented his stature as the preeminent Aviation History writer of his generation.

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Crucified Monks

Shrouded umbrellas, like
crucified monks, stoic, regarding
warm surf breaking against steep sand.
Beyond the waves,
pulsing party boats
sell revelry and forgetfulness
to young people focused on pelvic beats
and right now.
The monks do not shrug.
They await morning to open
and offer shade
for humans slow with brightness and regret.

standing monks

closed umbrella closed-umbrella

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I don’t care what time
it is. I don’t care what day
it is. I am here.



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advice on being a writer from William Saroyan

Originally posted on Leonard Durso:

The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.

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Little One (for Reese)

Little one,
you are what precious means,
your brand new feet
are your favorite toys.
Your gurgle girl smile
melts my heart.
I want to watch you grow
into a lovely young woman,
to feel the grace of it as
I, too, continue growing into myself.
Oh, your heart will be broken,
but that is our rite of passage.
When you need a heart to hide in,
welcome to mine.

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Articulate whines:
the dog tries telepathy.
I’m learning to speak.

Mr. T curled up doghat

(left: Toulouse hiding; right: hat boy)

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Haiku–Great Day Beginning

Dog butt precedes me,
dappled sunlight up the path
into this morning.



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Saturday October 10 Long Beach

Jim Stewart:

A good fundamental cause…

Originally posted on Leonard Durso:

Help my little foster girls and many others find their forever home! ♡ PLEASE PASS ON THIS POST ♡

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Ochoco Reach Available for Pre-order

Suddenly, I’m an “official” author. My debut novel, Ochoco Reach, is available for pre-order on both Amazon and Barnes and Nobel. When the ebook is ready, it will appear in those places, plus iBooks and the other usual outlets.

If you do order the book, it will be sent to you on January 4, 2016. When you’ve read it, please offer a review. Obviously, I’d love an endless stream of 5 star reviews, but that is entirely up to you, Dear Readers.

Click the Ochoco Reach cover thumbnail to the right and you’ll be magically whisked to where you can order the book.

Jim Stewart, October 1, 2015


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The Other Blog

Dear Readers,

Guess I should mention that I’ve started writing again on my Life O’Wryly blog. Not sure if it’s writing or rambling. I’m hoping some of it is entertaining. You decide. If you’re following the Narbles, give a thought to following O’Wryly. It won’t bring any more emails to your inbox. Except for today, I would hazard a guess that I will never again post two in one 24-hour period. Heck, two in a week would be an improvement.

Just a thought. And thanks for reading.


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