DukeSouthardWebProfileThis is a new kind of post for me. I have included a PDF file of my entry in the Society of Southwestern Authors personal essay contest. This short entry received a commendation. I welcome your comments. If this is seems like a good idea, I will periodically include other free samples of my writing for your enjoyment. Here is the link to “Battles Lost,  Battles Won”  ssacontestBattleslostwarswon2015

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