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Leonard’s Bicycle Shop

    Although I don’t directly mention Leonard’s Bicycle Shop directly in Ice Cream Headache, the bicycle shop plays an important role in the novella. Looking at this photo, it was probably taken right around the time that the story takes place. Set in a small, industrial town in Illinois in 1968, the lives of […]

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Don’t be Blinded by Science

You don’t have to go to great lengths to understand the science behind an ice cream headache. Really. It’s all poetry in motion. Ice Cream Headache.  

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1968: A Year to Remember

It was no mistake when I started writing my novella Ice Cream Headache¬†what year the story would be set. I have always been fascinated with the year 1968 because it was the year that I really became aware of the world around me. More importantly, the events which took place during this year would shape […]

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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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Ice Cream Headache now on sale at Torri’s Ice Cream Parlor

It’s not the Supreme Dairy Bar, but it’s close. Now folks in the Illinois Valley and North-Central Illinois can find copies of Ice Cream Headache at Torri’s Ice Cream Parlor in Ladd, Illinois. Although having an ice cream headache at an ice cream parlor is probably not a good thing for business, having my book […]

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You’ll love this story

Why Ice Cream Headache? Why not. This story works on many different levels, but what I wanted to show with this novella was a microcosm of America in 1968 that had already been turned upside down by the Vietnam War and the assassination of Martin Luther King. And there would be so much more before […]

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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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Ice Cream Headache and Oglesby, Illinois

Although there might be some truth to the claim that you can’t go home again, I most certainly did when I wrote Ice Cream Headache. And it’s only fitting, given the number of years that I have lived overseas, that I “return” home ¬†a lot in my stories, especially when I am waxing nostalgic about […]

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This Book Review Rocks!

There are book reviews and then there are book reviews! This latest one left at Amazon for Ice Cream Headache, definitely rocks! Jeffrey Miller is an instinctive navigator of the human heart. His ability to draw universal thoughts and emotions from commonplace characters in simple settings is reminiscent of Stephen King in Hearts in Atlantis. […]

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Upcoming Book Events: 10 Magazine Book Club

On Sunday, April 28th, I will be the special guest author at 10 Magazine’s monthly book club meeting. I’ve been looking forward to this event for some time and the chance to talk about my books, especially War Remains and Ice Cream Headache. Kudos to Barry Welsh, the organizer of this event, who personally invited […]

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