Dad’s Hidden Box

About Dad’s Hidden Box…Stories of Love and War

Growing up, Dad told great stories. He told stories about growing up in the Depression, about driving a school bus pulled by horses, about playing basketball in high school, about driving a truck loaded with bootleg whiskey, about farming, about meeting famous baseball players…and so much more. Then there were his stories about World War II.

What I wouldn’t give to have recorded all of his stories. But, I didn’t. So, I am relying on memory as I write about his life. This book is a tribute to Dad, his time spent with the Red Bull Division in World War II, and secrets he held near and dear to him. Sometimes I would get a glimpse of those secrets.

Enjoy the book…

A daughter, cleaning out her dad’s house after his death, discovers a box of his World War II memorabilia. She remembers stories he used to tell about The Red Bull Division, North Africa, Italy, and life as a soldier. Deciding to give it a quick look, she is surprised by what she finds.

Secrets of war and family secrets combine to make an interesting journey for her. A few twists and revelations confuse her until the final ending.

This is a fiction based on fact book. Some stories are almost word for word as Dad told them, some are enhanced to fit the story line, and some have remnants of his tales.

When I was asked to contribute to LOVE Potions, Lotions & Lore I thought about Dad’s love of storytelling. It’s not love in the conventional sense. But, it is a love. He told those stories so well you felt like you were there experiencing what he was talking about.

LOVE Potions, Lotions & Lore

E-book Celebrates the Spirit of Love
(Proceeds benefit National Center for Family Literacy)
Article by Wendy VanHatten pages 44-46

Who: FolkHeart Press: an independent book
publisher located in Northern California.

What: 18+ authors and artists from around the world (Denmark, Switzerland, USA) share their thoughts, hopes, and artwork about of love in 60+ page e-book. Cost: $0.99.

All proceed from sales go to the National Center for Family Literacy in Louisville, Kentucky. The center provides free resources for parents and early child educators to support literacy in the home and in the classroom.

Anthology topics include true love, love of family, love of art, food lore, and more.

Where: LOVE Potions, Lotions & Lore (ISBN: 987-0-9822888-8-7) available at FolkHeart Press and Amazon Kindle (

When: Release date is February 2013.

Why: This collection, published in February, is a collection of art images, essays, fiction, poetry, and folklore about the many forms of love.

About FolkHeart Press: Boutique publishing company located in Sonoma County (Rohnert Park/Cotati) produces folklore-related and personal narrative paperback books and e-books.

Established in 2007 by Karen Pierce Gonzalez, FolkHeart Press has released eight books. Titles include Amazing You Amazing Health, Three Months: A Caregiving Journey from Heartbreak to Healing, Black Pepper Visions: Original Folktales & Stories You Can Eat  and Spanish Cuisine One Region at a Time: Catalonia.

Further information:
PO Box 241 Cotati, CA 94931