Sunday, June 6, 2021

Good Day on Saturday

  Saturday was a very good day. Sold some books -- Sidewalk Sale Across America -- and gave away a lot of bookmarks during a "special event" at . The event was to mark the 80th anniversary of Marshall Ensor receiving the Paley Award for his activities in the field of amateur radio. Operating from the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club trailer, club members made contact with other hams in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

It was just a fun activity, a chance for brief ragchews, practice for having equipment in good working order, ready to provide emergency communications. Disasters are unpredictable. What is predictable is the readiness of amateur radio hams to provide critical communication capabilities.

Friday, June 4, 2021

100 Hits on Kindle?

 I wish I knew how to interpret Amazon's reports on book sales, but it looks like Sidewalk Sale Across America got over 100 hits on one of the days over Memorial weekend. That's a lot of people. I wish I knew who some of them were. It's a short book, maybe a little over 50,000 words, but there are several stories woven through the pages. With so many people working from home, will Harold be able to keep his job with the vending machine company? Can Sabrina save her yarn shop? Will the neighbor who volulnteers to help when Sabrina is in quarantine -- whose late wife was a quilter, not a knitter -- ever learn how yarn is measured? And the unfortunate raccoon, who the amateur radio hams reported being hit on the Overpass, will the poor creature reover enough to be released back in the wild? Quirky and endearing characters one reviewer said.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

SIX -- count 'em -- SIX

 SIDEWALK SALE ACROSS AMERICA now has six 5-Star reviews. The headline on the last one is "The ingenuity of the American spirit shines through".

The headline before that is "Ordinary People Striving in Extraordinary Times".

Please, if you have read the book, let me hear from you.

Why Did I Marry a Journalist?

 I first read The Front Page, that landmark stage play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, in high school as a printed script, and it was not an assignment. I had to go to a lot of trouble to get a copy. I was mesmerized. It was decades before I saw the story as a movie. Since, I have seen it as a stage play twice and several movie versions. The first time we were in London, my daughter insisted we would see the stage play, 'The Windy City'. I balked. Drug my feet. Why did I go all the way to London to see a play about Chicago? When the curtains opened, I knew -- it was The Front Page! So why did I go and marry a journalist? There must have been a reason.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Read Local KC

 A kind fellow writer has posted SIDEWALK SALE ACROSS AMERICA on ReadLocalKC at   Besides the Harkins, Harold and Sabrina, my writer colleague also had some nice things to say about the rest of the characters, each one with their own story, Nathan, and Tressa, and Nana and Dayl, plus several amateur radio hams and knitters. In spire of all that, it's a quick easy read at about 50,000 words. I no longer believe in books so long they keep you up all night.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Sharing With Libraries

 Both the Oskaloosa Independent (full disclosure, my son, Rick, is the editor) and the Valley Falls Vindicator ran an article, along with a picture of the front cover, I thought it appropriate, then, to offer a free copy of SIDEWALK SALE ACROSS AMERICA to the Jefferson County libraries.

That would be Winchester, (which has a lovely separate library building, made possible by funds contributed by a former resident who had a successful career in Silicon Valley). Others were Nortonville, McClouth, Oskaloosa, Valley Falls, Meriden/Osawkie, and the commlunity library at the Highland College satellite campus in Perry. Mission completed yessterday.

Friday, May 7, 2021


 So what have I been doing during the Pandemic?

Writing a novel about the Pandemic.

The Harkins family is struggling to get back to normal. Harold, also an amateur radio ham, is fearful his day job with a vending machine company will vanish -- so many people working from home -- but he feels confident the family will survive with the income from his wife's yarn shop. Sabrina is afraid her yarn shop will go broke, but she feels comfortable that the family will stay afloat with her husband's steady paycheck.

Unless you can catch me or my co-editor, Britt Nichols, tooling around in our vehicles, you can order SIDEWALK SALE ACROSS AMERICA from Amazon -- either Kindle or paperback.  If you like the book, consider posting a 5-STAR review on Amazon. If you do not like it, send me an e-mail at