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Roadside Table — One Mile Ahead

Today I was thinking about roadside tables. Remember them? This was not a rest area with all the amenities (grills, restrooms, running water, and a possibly a playground for the kids). A roadside table was that. Just a picnic table or two and a trashcan. Usually at some junction/intersection where a family could enjoy a […]

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What I’ve Learned from “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte”

Art speaks to us in many ways. Sometimes it makes us feel an emotion; other times it inspires us. That’s how I have always felt about Georges Seurat’s, “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.” The first time I viewed this painting at the Art Institute in Chicago, was in the summer of 1983. It was […]

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The Flim Flam Man (1967) — A Classic Gem

The Flim Flam Man (1967) Starring George C. Scott, Sue Lyon, and Harry Morgan Written by William Rose Directed by Irvin Kershner It’s hard to believe that a film of this pedigree has yet to receive a proper DVD (let alone Blu-Ray) remastering and re-release. Written by William Rose (It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad […]

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“Sunday, Monday, Happy Days…”

Forty years ago this week, January 15, 1974, the soon-to-be hit sitcom Happy Days premiered. Soon, the Fonz and “sit on it” would become part of American pop culture. Although the show’s initial appeal might have ridden the success of the hit movie American Graffiti, (that’s probably why the producers used Bill Haley and the Comets […]

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I’ll Be Home For Christmas — Cover Art

My thanks again to Anna Takahashi for her awesome cover design for I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Her creative vision adds another dimension to my books. I think you’ll agree that this cover rocks!

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When A Hard Rain Falls — Published!

Take a deep breath. I’ve just published another book. When A Hard Rain Falls is now available as an eBook from Amazon and Smashwords (it will soon be available as a paperback from Createspace). This has become a fall ritual for me. Four of my six books have been published between September and December. It’s […]

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Goodbye Ice Cream Headache

Well, not exactly good-bye, but now it’s time to get ready for another journey back to the 1960s and 1970s with When A Hard Rain Falls. I feel a little sad to be moving onto the next book after having spent nearly two years writing it and promoting it. You put so much into it […]

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Soda Fountain Drinks

In Ice Cream Headache, Billy stops in at the Supreme Dairy Bar for a milkshake. While the owner of the dairy bar, Ray, is making the milkshake, Ray thinks back to when he was a child and went to the soda fountain at Adkins’ Drug Store with his father and sister for malts and ice […]

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Fifty “must see” summer movies

Summer is just around the corner and Hollywood over over the years has released some memorable movies. Perhaps you have seen some of these films before; perhaps you haven’t. Many there are some on this list that you don’t agree with you; others that you think should be on this list. (Although Star Wars opened […]

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Jay Cutler’s Going to have a Stellar Year

I am going to go out on a limb here and make my first Bears’ prediction for 2013: Jay Cutler’s going to have a stellar year. With a new head coach, drafting Kyle Long and other plays to shore up their offensive line, this could very well be the year that the Bears make it […]

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