Here are some recent books that have interested me enough to mention them to you:

The Catcher in the Rye.  Yes.  The recent PBS  special on Salinger hooked me, so I bought the book by the same name (co-authored by David Shields and Shane Salerno) along with a new copy of Catcher.  I want to give some serious time to  Salinger and thought that a re-read of Catcher would launch me into the proper mood.  It did.  I loved it.  Moreso than my memory of past readings.  I had forgotten the humor.

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  This book is so contemporary what with the early 20th century effort to rein in private excess.  It gave me a deepened appreciation for TR and an introduction to WHT whom I had previously stereotyped as an overweight golfer – true, but there’s so much more.  The poignant part of the book for me was  the central role of investigative journalism.  I worry about its present decline, especially in small communities where subscription-based newspapers are dwindling in circulation.

Zealot by Reza Aslan.  A fascinating look at the historical Jesus by a Muslim.   I have enjoyed discussing and learning from this book with friends in a reading group.

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson.  The author’s book on Steven Jobs interested me enough to read it twice.  I am so impressed by Isaacson’s ability to dig into complicated topics and pass on his understanding to lay readers.  I have Isaaacson’s Kissinger and Benjamin Franklin on my to read list.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.  A Righteous Gentile vs The Third Reich by Eric Metaxas.  I had recently read Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison and had to learn more about him from another source.  This worked, but I was surprised at how few biographies exist on this fascinating iconoclast.

One on One: Behind the Scenes with the Greats in the Game by John Feinstein.  I like his golf articles and thought this foray into several other sports might not appeal to me, but it did.  Now will Feinstein ever write a [definitive] probing, objective biography of Tiger Woods?

Flight Behavior: A Novel  by Barbara Kingsolver.   Her scientific background and creativity with words bring me back to her.   I’d put this book just a tad below the masterpiece, Lacuna.  Not a bad place to be.

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks.  Like his Uncle Tungsten, this book explores a topic close to the neurologist’s heart while applying his diagnostic, scientific, and story telling skills.



Dear friends:

This blog is an attempt to share some of my activities, images and thoughts.   Blatantly,  I am pitching my latest non-academic book.  Some of you are aware of it; others don't even realize I do this sort of thing.  In any event, I hope you take some time to explore this site and get back to me.  I would love to  hear from you.

I find endless fascination in some topics that have resulted in or are planned to become books.  They include golf, Lake Superior,  journalism,  and religion/spirituality  Of course I am still a learner.  That's where you could come in.  I want your reactions to what I have done or am doing, and I'd love it if you would share some of your wild and crazy ideas.  By the way, I'm also interested in  toy trains, travel, Roy Chapman Andrews (the explorer), Cameroon, crossword puzzles, Steve Martin,  photography, and grandfatherhood.

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Looking back … WAAAAY back

December 17, 2013


Here’s a sizable chunk of our annual holiday letter for 2013.   This year it’s easy for us to mix personal highlights with those acted out on a larger stage:   Two thousand thirteen has been a noteworthy year for us highlighted by our fiftieth  wedding anniversary celebration, a delightful gathering with much of Mim’s […]

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Discovering Beloit

September 26, 2013


Update on Discovering Beloit: Stories Too Good to be True? I’m inching along.   Each sentence is a little challenge, and these days I’m eliminating or shortening many of them. I share the latest drafts with readers, and they respond.  Always with meaningful advice or corrections.  I incorporate much of it, but the main task […]

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Progress on my novel…

March 30, 2013


I’m inching ahead on a novel.  Here is some evidence: Author Introduction to a pre-publication draft of Discovering Beloit Stories Too Good to be True? This is a book of fiction with doses of fantasy.  It focuses on what I hope could happen to Beloit, to baseball, to old men and women, to religion, to […]

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Discovering Belwah

November 30, 2012


I am plugging along on my book called Discovering Belwah: Stories too good to be true?  The end is starting to come into sight and hopefully it will be available as an eBook as well as in print format during  2013.  In the meantime, here are some preview questions and comments: Who might read and enjoy […]

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