Book Bonanza

In many parts of the country, the leaves have turned to radiant hues of gold, red, orange  and yellow, the prelude to their demise. The air already is nippy, as witness the jackets worn by folks in the stands at Major League playoff games. Soon, it will be too cold to...

The Road Not Taken

Dear Senator Collins, A good many people who waited with bated breath for your decision on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation for a Supreme Court seat are aware that you are up for re-election in 2020 as a senator from Maine. And a good many are going to do whatever...

In the Key of Jazz

Everybody knows about Key West, where the primary industry is celebration of life. But a similar enclave exists well up the Sunshine State’s east coast. It’s a town called New Smyrna Beach, 20 miles south of Daytona Beach. The Intracoastal Waterway, a wide expanse of...

Jazz Booked

At a downtown Lake Worth, Florida, store Tuesday night, a group of at least a dozen musicians stood just inside the door and posed for a photo. This wasn’t a music store. It was The Book Cellar, a bookstore that has blossomed into a community gathering place. In fact,...

It’s a Mystery

Hello, young readers, whoever you are, Or if you’re old, or almost. All my good pages go with you tonight, Just click this link I host. http://bit.ly/2Q1RBvm I don’t claim to be the King of Siam, much less of Mysteries, and neither do any of the others in this list of...

The Thrill Has Come

The life of an author is full of ups and downs, like the Amazon rankings on hiser (my gender-neutral pronoun) books. One becomes addicted to checking those rankings, even while knowing the Amazon algorithm is a mystery, and the rankings aren’t always commensurate with...