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And the walls came tumbling down…

Friday’s Saloon is no more. Today, I came across a photo on Facebook, courtesy of WLPO, a radio station in the Illinois Valley (an area 90 miles southwest of Chicago) that showed the building where Friday’s had been located with the roof caved in with debris strewn on the sidewalk. The bar, which for one […]

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Serious Rock ‘n Rollers

Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite photos taken of the legendary Illinois Valley band, The Jerks. There’s no gleaming and smiling at the camera. These boys are serious about their rock and roll. Those were some fun times in the early 1980s when the band was in their nadir and everyone wanted to […]

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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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Ghosts of Christmas Past — 1968: The Year I stopped Believing in Santa Claus

An Excerpt from I’ll Be Home For Christmas It was a historic year on all fronts—that started with the seizure of the USS Pueblo off North Korean coastal waters in January and culminated with the flyby of the moon by Apollo 8 on Christmas Eve. In between there was the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of […]

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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 — Cover

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. What do you think? In this case, the answer is YES!

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An Excerpt from When a Hard Rain Falls

“Halfway across the canal, he lost his footing and fell in. The water, which was cold and filled with debris, came up to his chest. He knew that in some parts of the canal, the water was over ten feet deep, but much higher now as it continued to rise and swell. He was a […]

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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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