WINGSPREAD E-zine for April, 2020

“Spreading your wings in a perplexing world”


  • New story
  • Writer’s Corner
  • Puzzler
  • How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying
  • Wingspread E-zine subscription information


New story: Bledsoe Arrives at TBI
Excerpted from my upcoming novel, East Into Atheism)

 At the first men’s devotions of the semester, Dean Puckett introduced Harold Bledsoe, the new men’s dean. Dashing Harold Bledsoe—bouncing on his heels, full of energy, he seemed to refract an alien light. Shawn McIntosh stared at him. He didn’t look very dean-like—seemed like a circle among rectangles.

After Bledsoe got settled in his tenth-floor office, Dean Puckett gave him campus block patrol. Torrey Bible Institute couples would walk the city block that circled TBI—traversing the cracked and broken sidewalk along the chain-link-fenced parking lot, then turning back toward the women’s dorm. The rule was—keep walking. The deans warned students not to linger in the recessed doorways of Moody-Sankey Auditorium. Bledsoe would cruise around in his big black Cadillac convertible with the top down heedless of the weather, shining his spotlight into the recesses, flushing out couples….
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Writers’ Corner

Word of the Month      —     Pitch:
The act of trying to sell your book to an agent or a publisher.

Book of the month:     Jay Winik, April, 1965: The month that saved America. 2006. The month that ended the Civil War and turned the tide of the nation. A great, entertaining historical docudrama. New York Times Bestseller.

 Watch for my upcoming novel with the provisional title:  East into Atheism
After he lost his father and his girlfriend, Shawn McIntosh travels east to Chicago’s Torrey Bible Institute looking for answers to his faltering faith, but instead, falls into atheism. It’s a long, uncertain road back.


I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. But he says he can stop any time.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.

The girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club. But I’d never seen her herbivore.

I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I can’t put it down.

I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.

A dyslexic man walks into a bra…

PMS jokes aren’t funny. Period.

I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

New puzzler

Assume that the earth is a perfect, smooth sphere. If you were to stretch a string around the earth at the height of two feet, how much longer would the string be than the diameter of the earth?

 Last month’s puzzler: How do you diagnose a dyslexic, agnostic, insomniac?

Answer: That would be a person who stays awake all night wondering if there’s a Dog.

Buy James Hurd’s Wingspread: A Memoir of Faith and Flying.  

A memoir about 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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