Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Creepiest Spot in Lodi

An excerpt from ‘Starstruck in Lodi Again’, set for release in August, 2016… It’s one o’clock in the morning and outside the window, the moon is bloated—a pustulant boil in the sky. When you are just falling asleep, the way … Continue reading

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Mike McCay, the Real McCoy

Mike McCay is on a treasure hunt to rival the most passionate pirate, the most corybantic Conquistador, the most frenzied ‘49er.  For a Mike strike, where the gold is closer to scarlet purple, he doesn’t need to cross any bounding … Continue reading

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John ‘The Guru’ McClelland: Last of the Old Guard

When the guy in the cartoon panel wants to ask the guru about the meaning of life, he has to climb up the side of some mountain in the Himalayas.  When I want to ask John McClelland about the meaning … Continue reading

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Lodi: I’m Tokay, You’re Tokay

Introductory chapter to ‘Starstruck In Lodi Again’, set for release August, 2016 Miami bears the burden of an unfortunate nickname: ‘God’s Waiting Room—Where Old Folks Go to Die’. If that’s the case, South School Street is where old folks go … Continue reading

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What if Wine Had Won the Tipple War?

Postscript from ‘Norton Wine: Walking Off To Look For America‘, set for release this June. Whether it’s ‘what if’ scenarios proposed by historians, or the not-entirely-discountable notion that if Britain had won the Revolutionary War slavery would have ended fifty … Continue reading

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Hamming It Up With Tommy Darden

A chapter on Virginia ham from ‘Norton Wine: Walking Off To Look For America’, set for publication in June, 2016. When in the advance planning-stages of this trip—which took about twenty minutes including bathroom breaks—I determined to write about some … Continue reading

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