Early Years Growing up In Northborough, MA
"The Sappers of Fannie Proctor" Two 10 year old boys in the early 1960s set off to make maple syrup. It is a story of resourcefulness, self-achievement and friendship.
"Quick Step on the Assabet" This semi-fictional story is a companion to "Sappers . . ." and "Hop Brook . . ." in that it relates and adventure of a couple of ten year old boys searching for the legendary quicksand pit along the Assabet River in Northborough, Massachusetts.
"Down by the Old Hop Brook" Remember those summer days as a kid, when the sun rose high, the fish were biting and time went on forever?
(This story appeared in the Summer, 2006 issue of Natural New England magazine.)
"Full Measure" This
is both a values essay and a short story. It was written as a
remembrance of the sacrifices of America's service men and women for Memorial Day, 2011.
(This appeared in the May, 2011 issue of "Habeas Codfish" an publication of Blue Cod Technologies, Inc.)
"Pall Mall Recall" My grandfather set an example for me about doing the right thing even when it is easier. and more profitable, to do the wrong thing. He taught me a lesson in integrity.
"Birds of a Feather" A brief tour of my part of New England escorted by birds.
"Creature of the Night" This is the story of the legendary "Possum Affair" when my 15 year old son Colin and I tried to rid our garage of this newly arrived marsupial tenant. The rest is history.
Fictional Stories . . . or Not
"Boondogglers" This story appeared as the first installment of a humor column in Blue Cod's "Into the Blue" employee/customer magazine in the Fall, 2007 issue. Yes, even insurance people have a sense of humor.
"The Storm" This fictional story was inspired by my work as a claims adjuster after a major natural catastrophe, and my desire to attempt writing mixed dialects. The idea was to have three different people describe their view of the same event.