Stephen Writes

Novels and Short Stories by Stephen England

The Secret Agenda Behind Obama’s Use of “ISIL”. . .Not So Fast

| September 8, 2014

  ISIS/ISIL. . .these terms, both standing for the recently christened (pun intended) Islamic State, have flooded the media for months, and have recently proved to be yet another source of controversy for the Obama administration within the conservative blogosphere. The conspiracy theory, which has been circulating for the best part of two months but […]

Lone Survivor: A Review

| January 10, 2014

I saw Lone Survivor last night, and it is, in my opinion, a great film and an incredible tribute to the men who died that day. While I won’t get into spoilers, suffice it to say that it is a heart-wrenching movie from start to finish, driven home at the end by a montage of […]

Two 9/11s

| September 11, 2013

I remember the first as if it were yesterday, walking out into the crisp perfection of that September morning, finding myself angry at the very beauty of it. An eleven-year-old kid, furious that the heavens themselves did not weep for the lives lost that day. Asking as so many did, “Why?” And I remember last […]

A Stand on the Green

| April 19, 2013

It was on the morning of April 19th, 1775, that a ragtag line of men fell out upon the village common of Lexington. Farmers, shopkeepers, men, and boys—they formed part of the Massachusetts militia, under the leadership of Captain John Parker. Alerted by William Dawes and Paul Revere that “The Regulars are coming out!”, these […]

Hold Fast

| November 8, 2012

Words. . .they’re the stock in trade of any writer. Yet they do not come easy at moments like this. I spent Tuesday night sitting in the local GOP Election Headquarters, screens all around me–watching the results come in. Admittedly, the results were anything but what I had hoped for. And as I went on-line, the emotion–yes, […]

9/11: A Reminiscence

| September 11, 2012

September 11th, 2001. A day which will live forever in our hearts. In infamy. As I sit here tonight, I think back on that day, eleven years ago. I remember it as if it was yesterday. The shock. The devastation. At the time, I knew no one directly affected by the tragedy, but it made no difference. […]

In Memoriam–The Death of Andrew Breitbart

| March 2, 2012

I was in a mall when I first learned of the passing of Andrew Breitbart. I’d just booted up my laptop in preparation for #ThrillerThursday. Before heading to Twitter for the hashtag party, I stopped by Brad Thor’s community forum and logged in. And there it was. It seemed hard to believe, that one so […]

Remember 9/11: A Retrospective

| September 11, 2011

It’s been ten years—a decade has passed since that fateful day in September, since the attack that took so many lives and changed our world forever.             Ten years. In the days following the attacks, the churches across America were filled. Yet now, as the politicians gather in New York to commemorate this anniversary, clergy […]

Restoring Courage

| August 16, 2011

In just over a week, on 8/24/11, talkshow host Glenn Beck will stand on the Temple Mount in Israel and speak, along with many world leaders, at the Restoring Courage Rally. Glenn Beck is, by virtue of the stand he has taken, a very polarizing figure of our times. Most people you talk to either […]

An Unspeakable Loss

| August 11, 2011

Last Saturday, our nation suffered an almost unimaginable tragedy. Thirty of our brave soldiers died when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down in the mountains of Afghanistan. Twenty-two of those men were US Navy SEALs.             It might seem strange to hear of the US Navy operating in mountainous valleys, hundred of miles away […]