“The life of a young man, John Howard, at times heroic, at times comic, a person who tries, in the small ways he can, to make his life better.”

The Way Up by Ward R. Jones“Enthralling . . . convincing . . . a well told coming of age story.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Jones weaves an insightful story . . . his blue-collar beer swilling about to be in-laws is broad comedy at its best . . . Jones has a talent for both comedy and drama.” – ForeWord Clarion Reviews
Emotional, painful and often sensual, The Way UP follows the trials and tribulations of John Howard, a 26-year-old law school graduate who works through family tragedy, turbulent relationships, and an unexpected series of career changes. Jones’ complex characters come to life in The Way Up, as Howard comes to grip with his ever-changing reality in this intriguing and dramatic tale.
The Way Up by Ward Jones
"I felt suddenly the kind of nausea felt in a small boat, when on high seas with someone you hate you're tempted to dive off, let nature decide. I soon would be that person, and though larger than the metaphorical boat I envisioned, our house in Spring Branch would be, as it was before I left, buffeted by the more powerful, more lasting storms, those of emotion, the only calm, my mother."

All Aboard the Train to Eternity

I was invited to this online event. The engineer at the helm is a self styled “transhumanist” who uses science and technology to improve us, we members of the human race. His goal: to overcome mortality. I’m all for that, which you know if you’ve read my pieces about the Japanese man’s research on Jellyfish. […]

The network news needs a mad man like Howard

Has anyone noticed the trend in national news broadcasting, NBC but one that plays to our emotions with heart wrenching stories of grief in the aftermath of disasters. They attract and hold our attention, whether it’s a plane with two hundred plus people disappearing, a mudslide that wipes away houses, the sinking of a ferry, […]

A work in progress, a divorced couple and only daughter at the psychologist’s office

In the silence that followed the boy’s departure, a quiet broken by the mumbles of Kathy on her phone, I thought about Aileen sitting and listening, if she was in fact listening and not thinking of something else. At some point she had to think about her own well being and realize how important it […]