Tough old cars

About 1956, the elderly man across the street from our house in Lincoln Park, Michigan died. In a yellow brick garage, his family found a 1928 Chevrolet that had been sitting for years. They added some new oil, and the 4-cylinder engine fired right up, leaving me awestruck.  

Sunrise on the Ohio

Wednesday, September 14, 2021: Sunrise on the Ohio River, Utica, Indiana–a few miles upriver from Louisville. The clouds are up to mischief! Eric Suddeth photo 091421


I signed a contract for my picture book, Tortoise and Hare? No Way! with Pen It! Publications. The release date TBA. (I hope for a Xmas 22 release)

This comical version of “Tortoise and Hare” is my own. An adult narrator keeps interrupting and asking the reader if they want to hear the story since the hare cannot possibly lose. The narrator reluctantly finishes the story and expresses shock—Tortoise won! Tortoise and Hare? No Way! is interactive picture book fun.

Weeping on the prairie

Sand Creek Massacre: November 29, 1864, 700 Colorado cavalry commanded by a Methodist minister surrounded a reservation camp of 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho men, women, and children. The Indians surrendered with a white flag. The cavalry let loose with cannon and rifle fire. Later, they mutilated bodies and executed the wounded. The army suffered 76 casualties, many because of drunken friendly fire. It is now a National Historic Site.

Pocahontas Descendants

Patawomek Tribe AKA Potomac—Swan River is a state-recognized tribe located in White Oak, Virginia with 2,300 members. Pocahontas’s Indian husband, Kocoum, was Patawomek. (some think Pocahontas’s mother was from this tribe)


In 1942, Bob Fletcher was a California agricultural inspector. When the WWII internment of Japanese civilians began, he took over 3 Japanese farms—taking care of them and paying taxes and mortgages. After the war, he gave them back to the families. I wish I could be one-tenth the man he was. He died in 2013 at the age of 101, a life well-lived. https://javadc.org/news/in-memory-of-bob-fletcher/

This includes Stone Man and the Trail of Tears!

Buy one print book direct, get two eBooks free.
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Dancing Lemur Press! September back-to-school special! Includes Stone Man and the Trail of Tears! Buy one print book direct, get two eBooks free. See website for complete details. http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/press-room

9 11

Today is the 20th anniversary: September 11, 2001—2 airliners struck the World Trade Center as a 3rd hit the pentagon, and a 4th slammed into a Pennsylvania field. The wages of anger and hate are always death.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art        with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with   oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

The best dessert!

Persimmon pudding: green persimmons are stringent but when ripe, nothing tastes better. 1 cup pureed persimmons, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1 egg, 1 1/4 cups sugar, 1 cup flour, 2 tsp baking powder, l/4 tsp salt, l/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla, dash nutmeg, 1 1/4 cups milk, 2 tbs melted butter. Baked. (Grandparents’ farm had persimmons)

Pocahontas’s Folk

Mattaponi—People of the River (Mattaponi River) Today, there are two bands of Mattaponi. The Mattaponi Tribe has a reservation near West Point, Virginia and has state recognition. The Upper Mattaponi Tribe has a reservation near Adamstown, Virginia and has federal recognition. The 2 tribes have a combined membership of about 1,200.

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