Where the blacktop ends: Memories of a childhood in America's heartland


"Where the blacktop ends" is a loving look back to simpler days spent in a very special small town in southern Wisconsin and to the unique people that lived there. It pays homage to a time when neighborliness was more than just a passing word and when 'community' meant never being far from a helping hand or a kind gesture. Though a very personal story of one boy's early childhood, it speaks to the bedrock values that made life in 1950s rural America a treasured experience for all fortunate to live in a place where no one was a stranger. In the book I connect the dots from my ancestors' voyage to the 'New World' in 1861 to my formative years growing up in a town of 2,500 people. To read the introduction from the book click here


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Words Matter: Elections and consequences in American politics


This 350-page book is now available on amazon.com as a paperback or as an e-book. "Words Matter" is a poignant look back at the eight long years of the Obama Administration, the 2016 primaries and general election, at the candidates, this whole "Russia thing" and a look forward to the next four years of what are destined to become the most controversial in the 21st century, led by the quintessential 'third way' President, Donald J. Trump. This examination of a seminal American election is a example of the schism that exists in our culture. Lessons will be learned on both sides of the political aisle that will form the strategies and direction both parties will take as they move steadily towards the 2018 mid-term elections and that of the Presidential election of 2020. The country can ill-afford to become more divided, more partisan or more 'tribal' especially when we are faced with the enormous twin challenges of a rapid march toward domestic discord and growing global conflict. To read the introduction from the book, click here


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