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“Kurt Looks For Work,” a chapter from Part III of my novel, Hardpan

Quiet pervaded the house before the morning crush. Only the hum of the fridge broke the silence. Soon everyone would be fighting for the only bathroom. Kurt scooped coffee grounds from the bright red MJB can into the aluminum percolator. … Continue reading

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“The Fence,” a chapter from Part I of my novel, Hardpan

Clark, Wyoming. Summer 1956 “When will you pick us up, Daddy?” Jean asked. “After mowing.” “Don’t forget us!” Linda shouted at his back as he leapt across the dry creek bed to his pickup. He glanced around. “I won’t. Now … Continue reading

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First Impressions of Provence

September 29, 2012 Bob & I are getting used to driving in France. Despite vague memories of the roundabouts and unique road signage from my trip in 1984 with my mother & sister, when we first drove the rental car … Continue reading

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“Jo,” a chapter in Part I of my novel, Hardpan

The wind came from Line Creek Canyon without warning, leaving only a pretense of soil in its wake. The locals called it hardpan: soil so hard even sagebrush couldn’t grow in it. Kurt and Jo leaned together to stay upright. … Continue reading

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“Meal Ticket to Survival” — a chapter from my novel, Hardpan (WGA #1571253)

Linda peeked at the icy windowpane from under a pile of covers. “Sissy! Let’s go downstairs. It’s freezing up here.” Jean squirmed on her side of the bed. “Okay. I’ve got to go potty.” Clad in flannel pajamas and cotton … Continue reading

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