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Book Review: A Prayer for Rain

Here is Andrew Spradling’s  thoughtful and well deserved review of Joseph Bird’s novel, A Prayer For Rain. Joseph Bird‘s forte as a writer is in portraying inner struggle. The likeable protagonist in A Prayer for Rain, Trevor Larson, has his dreams … Continue reading

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voices 21

    I didn’t think I’d be able to stay here after John died.  I thought I’d be scared at every noise I heard.  Every creak of old board in the heat or in the wind.  I thought I’d tough … Continue reading

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Reading As Hearing

    I wrote yesterday about Eudora Welty’s confession that every sentence she ever read she heard.  Even in her silent reading, the words sounded  in her mind as she scanned the page.  She assumed that all readers and writers … Continue reading

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Eudora Welty: Advice for Writers

  I have had the book for a long time.  Read it for the first time many years ago and picked it up again just the other night.  I remembered one or two bright and poignant scenes from my first … Continue reading

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A Morning Ride

  Our autumns here are shot through with summer days, days that, if they had come in June, would crowd the parks with moms, dads and little ones and the rivers with high-school and college students with their kayaks and … Continue reading

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As Promised . . . .

    Here it is, folks, as promised.  My latest novel for 99 cents.  If you like the writing on this blog, you’ll like the book.  Take a look at the reviews by clicking here. Don’t think you have to … Continue reading

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Mid-day Post, August 26, 2017

    This autumn will be like any other.  First the newly-stiffened breezes will pull the first of the dying leaves from the high branches and sweep them, rolling and tumbling, across field and pavement.  Twilight will come earlier now … Continue reading

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August Evening

    These last evenings of summer are relaxed.  The cicadas chant louder than ever, but the day’s heat abates early now and in the half-light the white clouds drift like giant fish in a giant blue bowl and the … Continue reading

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evening poem, august 19, 2017

  The heat on the highway The rain on the pavement The steam in the evening Escaping containment.   The sunlight lasts longer The afternoon bright The dew in the morning The stars in the night   Oh, won’t you … Continue reading

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Voices XXIII

In late August, after school was already back in session, I continued to mow the lawns on Adams Street. The rest of the summer crew was gone; all back to their colleges or football practice, so I had the whole … Continue reading

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