“The Birds” Scene Causes Granddaughters to Comment

The Birds in “The Final Victim” (Hellfire & Damnation III)     http://youtu.be/RgyyPWy1tCA This video was shot some time ago, while driving home from a trip to the Children’s Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa. It was shot on

New Orleans Trip, As Chilly Weather Heads In To Area

We’ve been back from New Orleans for approximately a week now—away from the stifling heat and humidity, but facing what appears to be an early fall. No “Indian Summer” days here. It was in the fifties Saturday

Quad City Symphony Pops Concert in LeClaire Park on September 6, 2014

Saturday, September 6th, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, now celebrating its 100th anniversary, staged its annual Pops Concert with Michael Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh sang and played the songs of Billy Joel in the play “Movin’Out,”(which I saw in

New Orleans Labor Day Decadence Weekend, 2014

NOLA, Saturday, August 30, 2014: It’s just a couple of days past the nine-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and we are in New Orleans. The Big Easy. Nawlins. NOLA. Originally, I was to be on some small

2014 Emmy Predictions Two Days Before the Aug. 25 NBC Program

2014 Emmy Awards on NBC on Aug. 25th: Predictions from the Peanut Gallery As a dedicated television viewer (or, in this case, viewers) who once was assigned to write synopses of various network shows, I am offering

Dear Deer: Happy to Have You Here!

We live on a wooded lot in the Illinois Quad Cities, approximately one mile from the Mississippi River. Wildlife does exist on this border with Iowa, and, in our case, deer are sometimes seen strolling across the

Magritte Exhibit at Chicago Art Institute Brings the Surreal to the Windy City

Surrealism, to me, always meant Salvador Dali. I was blithely unaware of Magritte, the Belgian surrealist, until the movie “The Faith in Our Stars” screened and Shailene Woodley showed up in it wearing a tee shirt with

New Review in for THE COLOR OF EVIL series

Some time ago, I was asked to send in THE COLOR OF EVIL series for review by the Midwest Book Review. Today, the review arrived in the mail, noting that it would appear in the August, 2014,

Saturday, Aug. 9th KHAKI=KILLER Signing @ Book World

On Saturday, August 9th, I’ll be signing copies of KHAKI=KILLER at Book World inside South Park Mall. The first two books in the series will also be available for purchase. “The Color of Evil” series focuses on

Worst Illinois Governor Ever? The Debate is On.

The Award for Worst Illinois Governor Ever May Be a Tie Jim Ridings’ 2009 Self-published Book Awards the Traveling Trophy to Another Scandalous Illinois Governor with a Quad Cities’ connection. Fifty-nine year old Jim Ridings has self-published