Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mountains of Yellowstone Book Cover

I have begun the process of developing a cover for the Mountains of Yellowstone.  This is one of the choices that I am thinking of using. I have not made the final decision.  

Thursday, January 21, 2016

I Sold My Guitar the Other Day

     I sold my guitar the other day.  I have owned her for more than thirty years.  We have been through a lot together.   On an intellectual level, I know that she was just an inanimate object.  She was more like an old friend than a musical instrument.  She kept me company through good times and bad.  Playing songs of joy and song of sadness according to the events in my life.   Her voice was rich, warm and soothing.   The curves of her body fit comfortably with mine. 

     There was a time when I played her every day.  As time went by, I put her down and did not play for months at a time.  But she was there.  If I needed her, she was just a few steps away. She has a new home now where someone will enjoy her and play her regularly.   She will be missed.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Mountains of Yellowstone Status Report

     I have been hard at work on my second book.  It is entitled "The Mountains of Yellowstone."  It is a love story, set within the boundaries of of the National Park.  

     The story is about a guy who is a little way worn and weary.  He goes to Yellowstone to work for the season.  While he is there he meets a lady who is at a crossroads in her life.  Over the course of the season, they become friends.  As they get to know each other, they discover that they are kindred spirits.  The lady is struggling with the direction that her life will take.  They share their wants and dreams as they explore the wonders of Yellowstone.  They fall in love.   But there is a secret that stands in the way of their happiness.  Can they overcome the challenges that try to tear them apart.  

     The book is about ready to be released.  I am working with an artist on the book's cover.  A firm release date has not been set.  I will keep you posted. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Stopped By To See George, He Wasn't Home

     I was in northern Virginia recently and decided to stop by George's place to say hello.  It's a nice place along the  Potomac just south of Washington DC.  As it turned out, George was not at home.  I decided to head south and see if Thomas was around.  He has a house on the top of a hill in the middle of Virginia.

I drove down and discovered that Thomas was out also.  What is it with these guys.  Am I suppose to call ahead or something.  


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Williamsport PA Bases Loaded Tribute to American Little League

I recently spent some time in Williamsport Pennsylvania, the home of Little League Baseball.  In the middle of town, at the intersection of Fourth Street and Market Street is a series of sculptures that represent the four bases in a baseball game.  

     The art commemorates the seventh-fifth anniversary of the establishment of Little League.  

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Contemplating My Navel and Tilting Windmills

     I was sitting visiting with a friend yesterday.  When recalling what I had done the day before, I described myself sitting on the porch contemplating my navel.  My friend was puzzled by my statement and needed an explanation of its meaning.  This reminded me that I am getting older and saying that were popular when I was young are not all that common any longer.  

Be there or be square, book it, fake out, fuzz, hang loose, heavy, 
later, and sock it to me are a few more that come to mind.  Every generation has its own slang.  It is just one more of the many reminders that the world is in a constant state of change.  

It been a very long time since I tilted a wind mill.  At least I didn't say I had engaged in Omphaloskepsis.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Living A Dream on The Outer Banks, North Carolina

I grew up in Charlotte NC and when I was a kid, I always wanted to visit the Outer Banks.  It was somehow a magical place where pirates and wild horses lived and you could catch a ride on a home made airplane.  Today is my last day of my visit here.  I have stayed in a beach house 30 feet from the the ocean.  Waking up with the sun rising out of the oceans has been amazing.  I have only found small portions of the Outer Banks that has lived in my mind all these years.  Development has ruined the place in many areas.  Portions of the rugged desolate barren out post that I had imagined remain.   Most of the place has houses from the Atlantic Ocean completely across to the Sound side of the Banks.  I suppose that more people like the place developed and I am in the minority thinking that houses packed in like sardines is a bad thing.  It is a story that I find repeated time after time as I travel around the country.  Its just the way things go.  I still have my imagination, and I can find that place I envisioned and visit it anytime that I need a little rejuvenation.