About me

MyLinh Brewster Shattan

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Who am I?

I’m a writer who has worked in the private sector, taught at college, and served in the U.S. Army. I hold a B.S. in Mathematics and Systems Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an M.B.A. from Florida Southern College.

Where’s the Tree House?

Home school for my children was a room tucked in behind my bedroom. I named it the Tree House because it is three floors above the ground and surrounded by poplar and birch.  We moved a love seat, added a secretary desk, and threw up a white board.  Voilà.  We had a schoolroom.


Why the letter?

Friends asked how it was going and I began writing the Tree House Letter.


What’s the catch? Do I get paid?

I don’t make money doing this, not yet and perhaps never. It may be unique in this age, but I have no profit motive. Some people do Sudoku, crosswords, or read the paper. I write because I must write. It can be maddening and rewarding, but writing helps me think. It gets all the stuff out of my head and I usually find myself in a better place when I’ve gotten it down well.

Readers find their way to my site to read commentary on books and stories and language and even the military. If it makes someone stop and think, then I’m glad to be part of the conversation.

The tradition of the West is embodied in the Great Conversation that began in the dawn of history and that continues to the present day.      Robert Maynard Hutchins

What binds the authors together in an intellectual community is the great conversation in which they are engaged. In the works that come later in the sequence of years, we find authors listening to what their predecessors have had to say about this idea or that, this topic or that. They not only harken to the thought of their predecessors, they also respond to it by commenting on it in a variety of ways.      Mortimer J. Adler