Wingspread Ezine for June, 2019

“Spreading your wings in a perplexing world”

June, 2019                                                              James Hurd    


  • New story: “Working on Campus”
  • New novel: Atheist in the Institute
  • Puzzler
  • How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying
  • Wingspread subscription information


New story: Working on Campus

One day at Torrey Bible Institute, Shawn McIntosh and Darrell Reardon were walking in a cold rain, pushing a dolly with a big desk on it across the quad toward Hargreaves Hall. Cloistered Hargreaves Hall stood as a mysterious, gated nunnery, making the coeds there more remote and exciting.  Rather than buzzing in through the double doors and stomping with wet feet through the lobby, they took the freight elevator. They rolled the table onto the platform and descended into the tunnel system with its moist wheezing steam pipes.

After checking in with the front desk, they elevatored up to the eighth floor. Darrell told Shawn, “No guys enter these halls unless they’re cleaning or maintenance.”

They pushed the dolly out onto the floor and Darrell yelled, “Man on the floor!”

They heard a muffled voice, “Grab ‘im!” Then giggles….

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Watch for my upcoming novel

Tentative title: Atheist in the Institute. A young Californian travels east, loses his best girl, loses his dream career, and is beginning to lose his faith. Then grace happens. Progress: Beta version sent out for reading today! Target publication date: Fall, 2019.


New puzzler (from Car Talk)

Some engineers were contemplating building a suspension bridge across the gorge at Niagara Falls. So, you’ve got a raging river below, and you’ve got to get cables for the suspension bridge from one side to the other. But, there was no way to get the cables across, because there was no boat that could fight that current.

The engineers and builders figured out how to do it, and they staged a contest on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The contest was open to the public, and the purpose was to help get these massive cables across the gorge.

The contest was won by a young boy. And shortly after the contest was completed, they were able to run the cables from one side of the gorge to the other.

What was the contest?

(Answer in the next Ezine)

Buy James Hurd’s Wingspread: A Memoir of Faith and Flying.  How childhood (Fundamentalist) faith led to mission bush-piloting in South America—and Barbara. Buy it here:  (or order it at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc.)

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