The Trip to Totality – Michael Collins & The Photo

I was driving Maddie somewhere on one of those bright hot summer days that washed out the sky and the desert so wide you feel alone in all the space. We were talking about the moon and the up coming ... Read more »

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Writing, Fighting Fire, and Your Pal, Jerry

Dear Readers: I just read a review about my memoir, Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life on Fire, which I quote as it appears: If you are going to read memoirs about fire fighters, here are the two you must start ... Read more »

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We Were the Young Americans

We get the news of celebrities dying on a steady basis. After all celebrity culture has been around long enough and has grown large enough to sustain a steady stream of faces into the In Memoriam slide show at any ... Read more »

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Strangers Who Write Me

Today I got an email from a stranger. No not a spam email trying to sell me timeshares or a phishing email to help some poor Nigerian claim an inheritance, but a person who had read Andrea Mason's review of ... Read more »

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Portrait of an Artist as a Single Dad – Look at the Light!

I awoke. The light streamed slantwise through louvre style blinds across the double bed for one. Groggy and reaching for the iPhone, I knock over the wine glass. It falls and hits the carpet with the thump of a cat ... Read more »

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Writer Walking and Gawking

Observation, it has been observed, is a key element in being a writer (just think any artist when I say writer). Indeed some say to live a fulfilling and joyful life a person must be able to live in the ... Read more »

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Learning to Write and Jack Kent Cooke

I've always wanted to be writer. Or more precisely, a storyteller. When my first daughter was born I was in my mid-thirties. I worked as a firefighter/forestry worker still going through the motions of writing stories and ... Read more »

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Life Long Library Goer Remains Connected

I received a Tweet that my book, Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life on Fire was Book of the Day at the Ketchum Community Library last week. . The first time I had a book in a library it was ... Read more »

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Getting Tweaked and Finding your Category

Who me? Not but three days ago I didn't know how to check Amazon's rating system and then Social Media Advisor Christy Hovey alerted me that my memoir, Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life on Fire was listed at #97 ... Read more »

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Process and being lost in the desert.

So I'm writing on this new project and I am cranking out pages and words like you wouldn't believe. I mean this thing has been inside me for thirty years waiting to get out, while I've been keeping it ... Read more »

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