Talia Joye Simmons was born on August 16, 2023. She is shown here with her big sister, Mira and her proud grandpa!
In this novel, a teenage boy runs away from his unhappy Chicago home and rides a train headed for northern Michigan. While passing through a small town, the engine breaks down. An unusual series of circumstances determines he will remain indefinitely in that town. In the ups and downs that follow, he makes a life […]
Four alumni of different ages intend to minimize the time of their stay in a small town en route to their separate class reunions. Despite never having met previously, they soon find themselves caught up in unexpected contact with each other and events beyond their control including white collar crime. As a result, will […]
This novel is about three men from distinctly different backgrounds whose initial aspirations bear little or no resemblance. An unmotivated surfer beach bum who dropped out of three colleges, a highly intelligent orphan who was adopted by overbearing micromanaging parents, and a gay small town sportswriter are brought together by accident of circumstance. Their friendship […]
Finally graduated from short stories and was able to stay focussed long enough to write something novel length. Even though I haven’t been to either of these lovely places in awhile, they are evidently still very much on my mind. See under “Literary Works” for a full description.
Hopefully, this collection captures at least a part of the state’s history. Towns where stories are set include New Buffalo, Union Pier, Three Oaks, Charlevoix, Hancock, Menominee, Ironwood, Grand Marais, Mackinaw City, Bad Axe, Allendale, and some fictional small towns that closely resemble real ones.
My thanks to all who have offered encouragement after reading some of my earlier time travel stories ….. Looking back on an academic career in economics and history, it’s a shame so many years had to be spent writing about things that actually happened! . In this anthology of short stories, adventurers travel back in […]
The twenty stories in this collection involve travel back in time where voyagers attempt to change only individual lives and small communities. As a result, do major events remain undisturbed? This theme is explored with surprising mixed outcomes. Imaginative templates include a cave on the dark side of the moon, the ocean floor, a 22 […]
Paths can be crude or dusty like trails in a forest, smooth like paved roads, or intellectually gratifying like scholarly disciplines, influential books, or noteworthy people. The poems in this collection address these and other either direction-driven or serendipitous sources that may impact life pursuits and decisions.
Wonder is a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar or inexplicable. This collection of poems aims to identify situations when appreciation of wonder can reach either actual or metaphorical pinnacle.