For residents of Northeast Florida, Palm Valley and the Mickler family are synonymous because their history is intertwined. This is a story of Sid Mickler and the story of Palm Valley and its people, and the lives they lived, and the work they did, and the tremendous changes that they experienced during the 20th century. This is a great story, one that needed to be told and remembered.
An Odyssey of Flying Combat with the 493rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force in 1944
World War II was the ultimate experience for all those who participated in it. Many of my friends have asked me through the years to put on paper what I experienced as a bomber pilot in the Eighth Air Force flying out of England. I do not think that the missions I flew were extraordinary in any way but at the age of 87 I thought if I was ever going to do this I must get on with the program. I hope you enjoy and understand my own lingo, as I am by no means a professional writer. I only wish that I had started earlier and could have taken advantage of the memories of my many friends who are no longer with us. As many have said before me, it was the greatest time of my life but given the choice I would never do it again.
Eleven-year-old Sam Whitton can see angels. How is it possible? Unwanted by his foster parents, being whisked off to an angel city for questioning seems to be a welcome diversion for Sam. It may be the wrong time, however, for the first-ever visit of an earther to an angel city. An ominous prophecy has come to light that threatens the city’s very existence.
They called Mary C.’s crazy new neighbor, “Smarty Pants”. You could never get “one up” on her. Her fantasies, tall tales and plain lies caused trouble for everyone crossing her path. When she tell folks she is carrying Jason’s oak baby Mary C. loads her shotgun and has to protect her family. Smarty Pants is book number 11 in the Southern Gothic Jetty Man series.
Imagine what life would be like if our beloved planet were to become uninhabitable, either because of our own failings or from forces beyond our control. Would we have sufficient technology to be able to travel the unfathomable distances in space for years, perhaps thousands of years, in search of a new homeland?
The Enlilliians, remants of an ancient civilization, experienced such a fate. A select few had escaped from their planet before it was incinerated by their ever-expanding sun. These survivors, confined to their giant spaceship, hoped that their search for a new home – and a new food source – would end within a few generations. Their quest seemed hopeless. That is, until they came across a little planet called Earth – and a biologist named Dr. William Lance.