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headin’ west!

September 24, 2015

blackie in the hills

This morning finds the Mustang (aka Blackie) wheels up, I mean revving it up along I-90, heading 395 miles west to Deadwood and the 2015 South Dakota Festival of Books. This is a most excellent event, providing a second to none venue connecting avid readers with an incredibly diverse group of talented authors. It’s always fun to be a part of the excitement. I’m looking forward to introducing scads of new readers to the Rowan Milani Chronicles – CONSUMMATE BETRAYAL, UNHOLY RETRIBUTION and, by year’s end – TERMINAL REDEMPTION.


regarding september 11, 2001

September 21, 2015

gz lapel pin

Every time I see that date, pain spikes in my heart, sharp and hard. Still. Its intensity shocks me. A new paradigm has defined my life since that day, clearly dividing my days into pre- and post- 9/11. Maybe I’m crazy. Some may say I need to move on or get a life. Nevertheless, I see everything in my life through the prism of 9/11. And I always will.


jeep patriot-patience

September 02, 2015


So. I’m stuck driving our Jeep Patriot this week. Accelerating onto I-90 with the pedal to the metal, all four cylinders straining, it’s zero to sixty in five minutes, tops. Passing someone is an effort for my lethargic steed and I realize I’m navigating the interstate in the Prius of Jeeps. I have become the pokey Joe I usually can’t wait to pass.