The Time Between

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  Most people in most places live through four seasons a year. But those of us with the hard-to-kick habit of writing books also experience another four-part cycle—different from the … Read More

Now Hear This!

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🎧Audiobook Sample   So here’s a question: How does Bert the Shirt sound? I mean, a lot of us know how he talks. He talks funny. He talks Brooklynese. He … Read More

How Hot Are The Beatles Right Now?

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Well, while half-heartedly searching through this morning’s papers for a scrap of something—anything!—other than more doom and gloom about Covid-19, I happened across an article in the UK edition of … Read More

Bert Meets the Beatles

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Well, it all started with a random piece of Beatles trivia…   Turned out the Fab Four made an unplanned visit to Key West in 1964. Turned out they stayed … Read More

The Beatles in Key West–A Short quiz

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Thanks to all of you who clicked through from the mailing. For those who just happened to come across this post while perusing the website—thanks for that!—a recap is in … Read More

Soon to Be a Major…?

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Soon To Be a Major Motion Picture! Those were the bold and thrilling words emblazoned across the top of the very first paperback edition of Florida Straits in 1993. The … Read More

Chickens–A Tale of Raw Courage

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  By coincidence, or so it seemed, the rooster set up shop on the far side of the compound fence just around the time old Bert had his fall. The … Read More

The Chihuahua Made Me Do It

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The world was new and life was simple then. The year, I think, was 1999. Facebook hadn’t yet been founded. The iPhone was a far-off gleam in Apple’s eye. People … Read More

Belly Laughs in a Serious World

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Does anyone out there remember the 1941 Preston Sturges classic, Sullivan’s Travels? The protagonist of that wonderful film is a highly successful director of unabashedly escapist Hollywood comedies who wakes … Read More

Freedom is a Talking Dog

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Some books—the writing of them, I mean—just seem to start themselves. A first sentence pops into your head. You hear a scrap of dialogue—either out in the world or between … Read More

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