Tag Archives: Oglesby

A Boxful of Books

One of my fondest memories of elementary school was the day the books from the Scholastic Book Services arrived in my classroom. Back in the 1960s/70s when I was in elementary school, there would be a Scholastic Book Services book fair at school or our teachers would hand out a two-four page flyer-like catalog with […]

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An Awesome Review of When A Hard Rain Falls

A rave review of When A Hard Rain Falls: This wasn’t quite what I expected from the blurb on the front advertising it as a “fast-paced gripping ride” – to describe it in such a way is to do it something of an injustice; When A Hard Rain Falls is much more than that.The pace […]

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When A Hard Rain Falls: You CAN judge a book by its cover

Believe it or not, When A Hard Rain Falls has quickly become one of my best selling books. Although it does not have the kind of reviews that War Remains and Ice Cream Headache have, it is one of my best selling books on a day-to-day basis. Inasmuch as it is a good story about […]

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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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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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