mentoring, seeking biblical wisdom, life with The Dress and SONs

Meet “The Writer”


Pull up a chair, get comfortable and dive in. This is, so to speak, ground zero; where you can head off in a myriad of directions to see what I’m up to, read excerpts of my latest book or follow the adventures of the Little Black Dress, the Sons of Thunder and yours truly.

Oh yes, all those nicknames. You’ll see those names a lot, as well as the Dog Who Thinks It Can Fly. And out of nowhere, you’ll see various assortments of monkeys – some fly, some sit around in a Zen state, and others like to hike. Hang with me.

The Dress, or LBD for short, is my wife. The Sons are pretty well what the name implies, our three boys who live life to the fullest. And they keep us, shall we say, busy. The Dress refers to me as “Winters the Writer,” or “The Writer” over at her blog She has some other names for me when I’m in the proverbial dog house, but let’s not go there. The Dress focuses on empowering women to reach their full potential in Christ. If you need inspiration, her blog is the place.

As for me, I’ve spent 25  years in the  newspaper business. And I can say that if it had anything to do with newspapers I did it, including delivering papers in the snow to actually running a press and not blowing anything up. I was also an award-winning investigative reporter and a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. But I also wrote some obits and covered more Rotary Club meetings than anyone alive.

I spent a few years in Washington, D.C. as a bureau chief; then off to the Great Frontier, also known as Alaska, as publisher of the capital city’s newspaper; then a stint as a general manager of another newspaper in Nebraska. Finished up in Georgia running a national news service. Yep, I’ve done it all and pretty much all over the country.

I’ve written three books, one on finding and developing mentors and true friends, called Everyone Needs A Sam. It also focuses on the Biblical command to seek wisdom from others. There’s an accompanying study guide for small groups or personal devotion. And we now have The Little Black Dress and the SONs of Thunder – Recipes on Life and Food. And that’s pretty much what its name implies

So again, welcome and enjoy your stay. Drop me a line any time.

And when all else fails, just flip the dog.

God bless


What I’m Up To


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I use various social media venues to, well, socialize with media and people and stuff. I’m known as “winjaw” on most – Facebook and Twitter for example.

My Twitter feed is below if you’d like to follow along.

You can also subscribe to my personal blog over at Just Flip the Dog My books are available online at our store, and there are now e-book versions on all the major platforms.

Thanks for stopping by.

Contact And Connect

I hope you enjoy following along on our various adventures, from blogs to books.

My personal blog is at Just Flip the Dog.  There, I write about the journey with the Little Black Dress and the SONS of Thunder. And The Dress, known to some as Corby and my wife, has her blog at

To learn more about my books, please click here.

On the following page are various ways to contact me or connect:

Not only do I want you to keep up, but feel free to join in on the conversation as well. You can also contact me if you are interested in my speaking to your church or organization. I talk about what I write about, and sometimes write what I talk about.

And if you’d just like to follow along with what’s going on, we can make that happen as well.

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