jim’s writings


A Pocket of Resistance: Selected Poems
Available through Amazon, Author House, or by contacting jim

will be released soon

Steel Decks and Glass Ceilings: A Naval Officer’s Memoir
An account of his time as executive officer of the USS Yosemite (AD 19), the first ship to spend extended out of port time with women as part of the ship’s complement (1983-1984).

in the works

Willie Nod
A book of children’s poetry, illustrated by his daughter Sarah Jewell. For children ages 6-12.

Notes from the Southwest Corner
A compilation of his columns in The Lebanon Democrat.

in the future

The Pretty Good Management Book
Basic guidelines for leaders to maintain a “pretty good” business. Co-written with JD Waits.

Papa’s Guidelines for Sam
Simple guideposts jim has found to help him deal with living to pass along to his grandson


jim is writing an autobiography for his grandson Sam Gander, but does not anticipate making it available for the public, even if he finishes it.

Another book of poetry.

A book of sea stories.

(But of course, jim IS retired)