Once again I’ve been neglectful of my website and for no other reason than a lack of pleasant news to share with you. In July I lost my best friend, Ed Beckers and the following week one of my pals from back in my Hoyt Lakes years — Al Mugge. This past weekend it was a memorial/goodbye to one of my closest friends in our Hibbing High School years in Al DeLaPointe. This morning I learned that my brother John has transitioned to morphine in his fight with stage-four bone cancer.
Even closer to home, I’ve had my share of health issues to deal with. Along with a recent stroke (or because of) I’ve had related issues which require physical therapy and other treatments. But, I am recovering and keeping a positive outlook on life in general. Tomorrow I’ll have my first critique of my 2021 story titled ‘Joe’. Actually, The Final Chapter, was published in early 2021 as well. However, Covid pretty much canceled my activities plan. I hope and pray that we are not in for more of the same as we move through the summer. So, look for an update on my story critique later this week. There may be a lot of work to do before the next evaluation and stages beyond . . . ‘patience’ a virtue that never landed on my desk.
Yet there is always a bright spot, or something unexpected, if you are in the right place at the right time. Last week, mostly out of curiosity, I stopped in The BlueBerry Patch Botique (1818 3rd Ave. E) in the former Sunrise Bakery building. Former student, Denise Lee, and her daughter, have put together an eclectic little shop with a variety of quality clothing and other items. I was most impressed. After a talking about small businesses in a relatively small market we decided to throw in some of our stuff together. So, you’ll find my books on display and specially priced when you stop by to visit. We are planning a book-signing event for some time next month.
I should add that I have two other sales locations in Hibbing as well. The Lybba Deli on First Avenue has all of my titles and Sullivan Supply has my most recent titles available.
Lastly, but far more importantly, please keep me in your prayers. I’m hoping too finish another story or two. God bless . . .