Rising Above to Excellence – by Gabriela Gonzalez

Lt. John Brown

Tuskegee Pilot Lt. James Brown with Gabriela and Gracen

My son Gracen loves everything about WWII Aviation. When we found out there was actually a Tuskegee pilot living in Denver, we called him up and asked him if we could meet him. Lt. James Brown was kind enough to spend a couple of hours sharing his WWII experiences with us. Gracen was asking questions left and right, Gabriela was taking notes, and I was the chauffeur. Afterwards Gabby wrote this story about the great Tuskegee Airmen.


Rising Above to Excellence 

Tuskegee Airmen were the members of the 332nd Fighter Group and the 99th, 100th, 301st, and 302nd Fighter Squadrons and are mainly remembered because they were the only African-American pilots who served in combat with the United States during World War II.

I believe the easiest way to understand who these amazing men were and what they did is to jump in the cockpit. You are now siting in the cockpit of a plane that can fly up to 500 miles per hour. This cockpit that you are siting in is so cramped that you can barely move anything but you elbows. Moving your elbows is vital because you have to be able to move the stick. This one stick controls everything — the lives of you and the men around you. Your job is to escort bombers back the to base. Every time you shoot down an enemy plane that is targeting one of your bombers, you are saving the lives of up to ten men.Your plane holds 50 caliber bullets which have about a half inch diameter and are approximately five inches long. Now to even have a chance of hitting an enemy aircraft you must be closer that 1000yd to your target. When you return back to your base after escorting bombers to safety, you are not congratulated for risking your life to save the lives of men. No, you are simply greeted with racism, discrimination, and segregation.

Why? Why were the Tuskegee greeted with this madness? They were African American pilots and they were not wanted. Yet, the airmen continued to do their duty to their country. A country that had two sets of rules; two standards. A country that had a double standard for them and their skin color. Though every foreigner treated the Tuskegee Airmen with equality, their own country did not understand their worth as a human beings.

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Useless Outcast – by Gabriela Gonzalez (my 13-year-old-daughter)

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs

When I tell people my daughter Gabriela can write circles around me I’m not kidding. Gabriela helps edit my books and together we wrote “Dream, Struggle, Victory: How to Fight for Your Dreams,” which will be coming out soon. Gabby is also the author of  ”My Magic Snowshoes.”

Here’s a wonderful short story by Gabriela. Enjoy…


Useless Outcast  by Gabriela Gonzalez

Looking up to the heavens past the murky layer of clouds, I once again found it — the light on the top of Pikes Peak. It was not just a star as my people thought. No, I knew it could not be, for stars twinkled like candles, yet this light was steady. While I stared at it a strange hope consumed me, as if a small fire had been kindled in my soul.

A cold blast of wind startled me, and I looked away from my saving light. I was alone. Wrapped around me was my only companion. Shivering, I pulled my ragged blanket closer. My small fire inside had been put out, and now I knew I could no longer pretend to be someone I was not.

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Roasted Red Pepper Salsa



Delicious Roasted Pepper Salsa

I just spoke in Orange County and stayed at the Hilton Irvine across the street from John Wayne Airport. Really nice hotel.

During breakfast, they serve a homemade salsa with their eggs. It was the best. I asked the waiters if I could speak with the Chef so I could get the recipe and they kept giving me the go-around.

Many times someone tells you “No” it’s because they don’t have authority to tell you “Yes” so I just walked down this long hallway to the kitchen and started asking the cooks.

Finally the Chef came and gladly shared his recipe with me.

Here it is…

(This recipe is to make a big batch so you’ll have to scale it down unless you’re planning a party.)

1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper

1 Tablespoon Chili Powder

1 Tablespoon Paprika

Salt to Taste

Black Pepper to Taste

10 Tomatoes

9 Bell Roasted Bell Peppers (I’ll just go to Costco and buy a glass jar of Italian-style roasted red peppers)

Boil tomatoes in water until soft. Mix in blender with roasted peppers and spices.

Enjoy with chips, eggs, steak, etc.


Optional – add Garlic Powder, Cumin, Onion Powder, Cilantro and Olive Oil to make it extra special.


Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

The Truth about Che Guevara


I really like the movie “The Motorcycle Diaries,” because its filmed in Argentina and because it’s basically an adventure story of two young guys traveling through South America on an old motorcycle.

What I don’t like about the movie is that it makes Che Guevara look like a saint, when in reality he was a ruthless killer. Most young people that wear Che Guevara t-shirts to show they are anti-establishment have no idea about how he really was.

If you want to learn about the real Che Guevara read this article.



Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez