In the novel, Spirit Made Smaller, most of the settings occur in Anchorage, Alaska.  I’ve selected a handful of facts for readers who may wish to know more regarding this city and its environment. Anchorage sits along the coast of Cook Inlet at the base of the Chugach Mountains.  It is as far north as…

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A solid interpretation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics explains that two adjacent systems in contact with each other tend to equalize their temperatures, pressures, and densities.  For example, when a hot piece of metal is lowered into a tank of cool water, the metal cools and the water warms until each is at the…

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Military veterans have placed their lives in peril for our country, yet their access to VA medical facilities is, in essence, rationed by wait times, geographic location, and gender. Military veterans can relocate freely from state to state.  Many do so and often migrate to areas with warmer climates such as Arizona and Florida.  Consequently,…

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Phillip F. Douglas is a retired military physician who has served throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. A Montana native, he presently divides his time as a public health consultant and studies private forest environmental management and Hawaiian culture.

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