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The Old Mansion in Town

If the house could be said to have had a golden age, this was it.  The Phillips girls were all handsome and well dressed and they navigated the Walhonde High School social scene with aristocratic grace and confidence. In the … Continue reading

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Morning Poem, June 6, 2019

In the bright morning the mowers drone And the neighbor’s cats, white and grey Slither down the road Pretending to be benign on their silent feet But ready to kill An early breeze whispers through the line of elms At … Continue reading

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Book Review: Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis

Before I read Main Street I would have confused Sinclair Lewis with Upton Sinclair.  Both of them American novelists of the early 20th century; both of them having written books that English teachers require their students to read and that nobody … Continue reading

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Book Review: Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis

Before I read Main Street I would have confused Sinclair Lewis with Upton Sinclair.  Both of them American novelists of the early 20th century; both of them having written books that English teachers require their students to read and that … Continue reading

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In The Eifel Uplands

She wakened and looked at the clock on the hotel night stand. Ten a.m. Three in the morning her time, yet she felt rested. Had she overslept? Were the others already on their way? She saw the blinking light on … Continue reading

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Welcome Back!

  I’ve been away from this blog for a long time.  Longer than I realized.  I even had to get a new password to get back on – I’d forgotten the old one.  But I am back now and here … Continue reading

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Readers; Here is another snippet from the forthcoming novel, The Secret of Hill Grove.  This bit concerns our girl Rachel Thompson, right after she has an upsetting conversation with a guy from her past, David Dunnigan.  If you want to … Continue reading

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Rachel Walks Home

Readers; Here is another snippet from the forthcoming novel, The Secret of Hill Grove.  This bit concerns our girl Rachel Thompson, right after she has an upsetting conversation with a guy from her past, David Dunnigan.  If you want to … Continue reading

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Facing David Dunnigan

Readers;  Here is a little more from the novel in progress.  To give you some context, “Rachel” below is Rachel Thompson, the main character in the book.  She is contemplating buying an old mansion in the little town where she … Continue reading

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life above the common

Originally posted on Joseph E Bird:
Mohler House, St. Albans, WV, 1911 Life above the common. I really like that phrase.  I stole it from Larry Ellis.  It’s the theme of his novel-in-progress about Rachel, a young woman, who, upon…

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