A beautifully told story with colorful characters out of epic tradition, a tight and complex plot, and solid pacing. -- Booklist, starred review of On the Razor's Edge

Great writing, vivid scenarios, and thoughtful commentary ... the stories will linger after the last page is turned. -- Publisher's Weekly, on Captive Dreams

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Good Old Days

This picture, recently posted by Bro K on Facebook, was taken in the backyard of my mother's parents' house, which was two doors up the street from our house, which I judge from circumstances to be only recently at this time. Only three of the bros were then extant: (from left) Dennis, TOFling, and Kevin. One leaves to the imagination the identification of Pere and the Mut.

In the 1950s, they had not yet invented cool socks for fathers, and the smile was still in its early days. Kids actually dressed up back then -- so I suspect this was snapped on a Sunday, possibly even an Easter Sunday.

In the background is a field now occupied by various habitats for humanity. The public housing complex later degenerated into a center of petty crime before it was demolished and replaced by Section 8 housing.


  1. Hmmm.....the family seems to have the dark, hollow Zombie eyes...


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