Literary Works

 


Recollection

Published by Vanishing Glacier Press, 2017

The diverse topics in this collection of short stories include small town life, career struggles, dishonesty in universities, racism, homophobia, and youthful mischief. The plots are rich in thoughtful complexity but not without humor. An accomplished and prolific writer, the author offers here a sample of some of his best work.

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Poems Inspired By Waterfalls

Published by Vanishing Glacier Press, 2017

Poems explore nature in both its grandeur and anomalies, locations that offer contentment or anxiety, historical events and their cast of characters, and unusual experiences.

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Colossal Cosmos / When Time Inverted / Michigan Winter / The Black Snake at Standing Rock / Wanted! A Rational Explanation / Self-Absorbed and Device Obsessed / What We Have Become / In Pursuit of Brain-Deadness / I Sure Do Miss Walter Cronkite / Vera Lynn at 100 / The Legacy of John Muir / Repetitive Torment / Clear Lake, Iowa / Carmel Valley Morning / Piedras Negras / On This Island / A Field of Wildflowers / The Power of Myth / Path to Unhappiness / Life in a Pre-Pesticide World / Will Humanity Prevail? / Finding Yourself When You Are Not Lost / The Girl Down the Hall / New Life

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Familiar Footpaths

Published by Vanishing Glacier Press, 2017

A mix of humor and poignant drama, this collection of short stories touches on myriad facets of human achievement and folly. Childhood innocence, benign mischief, prudent trepidation, uncommon heroism, complex family dynamics, and the art of making crucial decisions are all portrayed with wit and candor. Real and fictional characters come together to shed new light on events of historical significance. Racism, homophobia, and dubious morality are exposed in ways heretofore unexplored; warmth and deception in personal relationships are recurring themes. Surprise endings are common.

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My Best Stories

My Best Stories

Published by Distant Echo Press, 2016

Carefully selected from over 100 published short stories, this collection offers readers a sample of the written work produced during the career of a talented yet often overlooked author. An astute blend of solemnity and humor, specific topics include unique views on major historical events, small town life, racial conflict and harmony, blatantly scandalous behavior, uncommon situations, and unpredictability in romance. The stories are set in places as varied as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, northern California, and Asia. Their characters are as diverse as Buddy Holly and a man who flew before the Wright Brothers. Readers of these stories will see the world through the hopeful eyes of courageous refugees, innocent orphans, and dedicated teachers. They will also witness the carnage resulting from the always unprincipled and often treacherous minds of wicked pirates, pedophile priests, and inept overpaid university administrators.

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Strolling Through an Orchard: Selected Poems

Strolling Through an Orchard: Selected Poems

Published by Distant Echo Press, 2016

A casual walk through an orchard of diverse fruit trees may be an apt metaphor for life’s unpredictable journey. Within this collection of over 100 poems, readers glimpse the beauty of nature along with sometimes harsh lessons of history and unintended effects of technology. They also explore the folly of misguided pursuits whether by heroes or adversaries and visit faraway places including the Roman Empire, medieval times, present day Asian cities, geographically spectacular Canada, contrasting American landscapes, and even distant planets. A varied cast of characters from Aesop to Hiawatha, Darwin to Rockefeller, Valentino to Capone, and popular musicians to refugees assist in bringing many of these notable settings to life. Broad in their focus, the poems share a common theme of human adventure and discovery.

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Before The World Lost Its Compass (cover)

Before The World Lost Its Compass

Published by Distant Echo Press, 2016

Follow the experience of a talented female refugee from Syria in an American small town, a young couple who become two of the many Vietnamese boat people, and faculty who struggle in a resource poor historically black private college. Witness both the skill of a psychologist whose advice to a troubled young woman enables her to achieve notoriety as a scientist and the mischievous ways of a ladies’ man who receives his comeuppance in a most unusual way. These and other human interest themes are chronicled in this collection of short stories. The volume also includes more than thirty poems that capture images ranging from the beauty of nature to the chaos caused by human greed.

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Whatever Happened to Our Dreams? (cover)

Whatever Happened to Our Dreams?

Published by Distant Echo Press, 2015

Meet a man who in 1976 offers a compelling claim that he knows who really killed JFK, an African American janitor who in 1954 becomes the most beloved mentor at a wealthy private elementary school, and a college dorm maid who in 1963 runs an off campus bar where she serves underage freshmen. Read first hand accounts of chronically inept university administrators and of corruption in the conduct of the Vietnam war.

This collection of 24 short stories looks beyond mere nostalgia for a past that may or may not have existed to capture various human emotions during different stages of life. The stories, fictional… or some maybe not so fictional, contain a mix of mystery, humor, romance, drama, and unique slants on major historical events.

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21 Yesterdays

21 Yesterdays

Published by FriesenPress, 2013

Experience turn of the century life in a small Midwestern town where the visit of President McKinley causes reporters to miss a nearby manned flight more than four years before the Wright Brothers. Attend the last concert of Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens in Iowa before their tragic plane crash in 1959. These and other historical events are presented through the interaction of real and fictional characters.

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Two Peninsulas

Two Peninsulas

Published by FriesenPress, 2012

With humor and perceptive candor, the twenty-six short stories in this anthology build upon the author’s earlier works on Michigan small town life.

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The Best Six Years of Any Life

The Best Six Years of Any Life

Published by FriesenPress, 2010

This personal memoir of the author’s early childhood takes place on a farm in southwestern Michigan during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

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Small Town Michigan Tales

Small Town Michigan Tales

Published by FriesenPress, 2010

This collection of twenty-four short stories focuses on diverse experiences in small Michigan communities during the second half of the twentieth century.

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