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I thank Editor Jayne Jaudon Ferrer for including my brief poem on Your Daily Poem. It seems to have pleased and I’m glad. I always try to keep it simple!

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Make My Day!


Brad Watson, Vice President of Saturday Writers had this to say about Make My Day: “Congratulations, you won 1st place in the Saturday Writers’ ‘Sounds of Writing’ contest.” He included this note from the contest judge: ‘The voice was strong, the pacing excellent and the character spot on. I loved it.” I’m most pleased to let you know that this story was included in the 2016 contest anthology and that anthology is now available on Amazon. Here’s the link:


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Little Big Man Speaks


Little Big Man Speaks just won the Fall 2016 Three Cheers and a Tiger short story contest. I thank Ana George and the folks at Toasted Cheese Literary Magazine for choosing to honor my story. I’ve long believed that Native American cultures and values will contribute to the saving of our planet. That the pernicious tar sands Keystone Pipeline still threatens Native American lands is an indication that their wisdom has yet to reach corporate America. I hope that Little Big Man Speaks will offer a small push toward environmental sanity. Here’s the link:

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Plato, Leonard Cohen and Lost Valley


l-cohen-album-backWhen my sons were small, we drove across deserts, mountains and plains to reach Iowa, often leaving before dawn so they could sleep. Leonard’s ladies of the harbor and Suzanne sang us through sagebrush wastes and endless Nebraska wheat. Years passed and older son Jeremy became friends with Lorca, Leonard’s daughter. Lonely miles eased by good songs and my son’s friendship prompt me to offer   this poem in Leonard’s memory.


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Sale for Teachers on TPT!


Teachers Pay Teachers is a great classroom resource. The site is holding a sale tomorrow and Tuesday. I’m sharing the news and offering a $10 gift certificate to the first person who views and comments on one of my units. I’ve got 33 posted – most are free – and something must appeal. Just send me a message through this blog or on the TPT site and I’ll send you the confirmation code. You might start with Lincoln:

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Brew of Bolts


My poem “Brew of Bolts” was recently published in Verse Virtual. It’s a tribute to both of my grandfathers and to America on Veterans Day. I have to give a nod to Carl Sandberg. I didn’t set out to emulate him, but great poets often pull lesser ones along with them. Here’s the poem and the link:

A brew of bolts

And nuts and nails

Stewed in the musty bottom drawer

Of my grandfather’s tool chest.

I stirred them with a finger,

Awakened clinking voices

Of Ford pickups, IH tractors and

Liberty Ships

Bursting through Atlantic waves

Bound for England

Or a U-boat’s torpedo.

America – with a sweaty collar and

Calloused hands –

America, the beautiful.


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Dawn Drums and Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln was a great president and an even more amazing human being. I folded many of his words and many great anecdotes about him into my novel. Spending time with him, as I did when writing Dawn Drumsis the best way I know of to reaffirm your love for America. I hope and trust that, because of Lincoln, reading my book will uplift and inspire you.

Moonlight Mesa Associates is graciously offering Dawn Drums for sale in November. The 35% discount for individual sales is barely above their costs. The unadvertised discount for school orders is 50%. Teacher friends, if you get your school to order some copies, you’ll get them at cost. This sale is only available through the publisher. Forget about Amazon! Requests for signed copies will be forwarded to me and I’ll expedite the delivery as fast as I can. Here’s the URL:

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