Virtual Tour of “Hellfire & Damnation III” Starts March 13th

“Hellfire & Damnation III,” the 3rd installment in the short story series organized around Dante’s “Inferno” and the 9 Circles of Hell, is going on virtual tour beginning March 3rd. This third installment consists of 9 stories

Post Oscar Withdrawal on February 26th, 2015

Another Oscar year over. The traveling trophy this year came home to East Moline, with my 17 (should have been 18) correct picks out of 24 possibilities. It was fairly impressive that all 4 contestants (Craig Wilson,

Oscar Predictions for Sunday, February 22, 2015

I'm playing the political game and selecting those films most likely to win, but with some asides about my personal picks for Oscar night, Feb. 22, 2015.

Worst Blizzards in Chicago History

Here are the statistics on the worst blizzards in Chicago history, going back to the 1930’s and 1920’s. ] After further review and the addition of the storm’s last flakes that fell early Monday morning, the final

“Hellfire & Damnation III” to be Released Officially on March 15th

The new trailer for Book #3 in “Hellfire & Damnation,” the short story series organized around Dante’s “Inferno,” is nearing official release. The e-book is up for sale now, but the paperback will not become “official” until

Circle Three: “The Battle of Gate Pa” (from “Hellfire & Damnation III”)

[This is an excerpt from my new short story collection “Hellfire & Damnation III,” now available for purchase from Amazon in both paperback and e-book versions.] Circle Three: Gluttony The Battle of Gate Pa April 29, 1864

New Short Story Collection, “What Solomon Saw” by Mary Dean Cason

Mary Dean Cason and I were students together in Dr. Barbara Croft’s Short Story Writing Class at the University of Chicago over 10 years ago. The class was full of many good writers with a vast array

Musings on Academy Award Nominees One Day Before They Are Announced

It’s one day before the Academy Awards nominations are officially announced, and I’d like to put my 2 cents’ worth in, before the experts weigh in. It seems a foregone conclusion that we are going to see

Senior Discounts: Read All About It

[ Courtesy of Steve Herman, Aug. 14, 2013] As I was waiting in line behind an older gentleman at Wendy’s recently,I heard him ask for his senior discount. The girl at the register apologized and charged him

Our Health Care System Today from Steven Brill, Who Wrote the “Time” Article

The gentleman who wrote the riveting “Time” article on spiraling health care costs recently had to have open heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm. In the new issue of “Time,” (Jan. 19, 2015) Steven Brill shares some