I’m off to spend six days in beautiful Maine ….

Hi, friends and readers:

Tomorrow around noon I will board an airplane to travel to the great State of Maine for a six-day stay at a friend’s lakefront cottage near Greenville. It’s a beautiful spot and Maine, in my opinion is one of our nation’s most beautiful states, eclipsed only by California.

There will four of us on the trip. We’ll do some hiking and exploring, maybe do some kayaking, most certainly do some drinking, and we’ll make ourselves some tasty meals too, plenty of lobster, haddock and fresh local vegetables.

One of the things I like most about Maine is its people. They are so warm and welcoming and always willing to help you if you need it. They are very unpretentious and they cherish their freedoms.

Look out moose, I’m on my way. 🙂

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My new novel, “On the Way to San Jose”, is released ….

Hi, friends and readers:

I am pleased to announce that my latest novel, On the Way to San Jose, has just been released by NineStar Press. The book will be available in both digital and print formats. Here’s a brief description of the story:

“Terrence, a socially inept clarinetist whose driver’s license is suspended, needs his panel van driven from Orlando to San Jose, where he plans to start a new life. Levi’s a Stanford University student with Asperger’s Syndrome who answers Terrence’s Internet drive-away listing.

“The two start out as strangers, but as their journey westward progresses a friendship is kindled, one that will change both boys’ lives in profound ways.”

This book’s a little different than any I have written before. I had to do a great deal of research on cities and RV parks along I-10 between Florida and California because that’s the route Terrence and Levi follow on their journey westward. But I had a lot of fun writing the book. It has a good dash of humor in it, and I like the main characters very much.

Here’s a buy link for the digital version:

https://ninestarpress.com/product/on-the-way-to-san-jose/

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Hurricane Irma’s gone but not its aftermath ….

Hi, friends and readers:

It has been four days since Hurricane Irma slammed into the Tampa Bay area. Fortunately for us, the storm moved a bit eastward before it reached us, so we received only a “glancing blow”, as one weatherperson called it. My house, which is only about 100 yards from the Gulf of Mexico, was spared any damage, which is pretty miraculous. Aside from a fallen tree limb and a whole bunch of tree and plant debris that made a mess of my patios and yard, I was fine. It took me two days to clean everything up.

The bad part has been a complete loss of electrical power on my island. I spent two days “camping out” in my home, and then I threw in the towel Wednesday afternoon. I packed a few clothing items and toiletries, and then I drove down to Bradenton to stay with my ex-partner, who has electrical service. As I write these words I’m savoring his air conditioning and the quiet of his home while he is at work.

We’re told by the power company that power should be restored to my island by late Friday  night, so I may stay here until Saturday morning. All in all I feel very lucky.

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Hurricane Irma. Will it strike Florida’s Gulf Coast?

Hi, friends and readers:

If you follow this site then you know I live on a small barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, west of St. Petersburg. The Intracoastal Waterway is about 40 yards from my house and the Gulf of Mexico is about 100 yards away. In other words, I’m surrounded by water.

Normally, my location’s quite safe form flooding, but now Hurricane Irma, a Category Five storm, has entered the Caribbean Sea and is headed in Florida’s direction. If it hits here my house is a goner.

Now, I have lived in Florida all my life,  most of it on the Gulf Coast, and I don’t panic over hurricanes. Predictions by the weather people are often inaccurate. It’s quite possible Irma will turn north into the Atlantic or west toward Mexico, and then I’ll be fine. But if it comes here I’ll have to grab my valuables and my insurance policies and then evacuate to a friend’s house who lives on high ground.

Wish me luck ….

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