Disturbed child risks all, finds himself

disturbed child -= Cover image for Eccles Cakes showing author as a boy, smiling

Jonathan Fryer’s moving account of  a disturbed child  who  comes of age is fraught with obstacles in his path to self-awareness. He must follow his best instincts to learn about the world, although it requires arduous travel and great risks, tech biggest …

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Houston, can you read me? –Heartbroken in St. Louis

St. Louis, Sept. 1, 2017: Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city. While capable first responders, an able governor and alert local officials  have worked around the clock and taken decisive measures to rescue marooned residents and begin recovery, …

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Writers conference founders receive Superheroes award

Last weekend, St. Louis Writers Guild’s Board presented Brad R. Cook, event chairman, and David A. Lucas, President, with the new Superheroes award, in recognition of their audacity, leadership and success in creating a new event on the St. Louis literary calendar. …

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Retraining: Get in touch with the unfamiliar

Louis I. Kahn, Architect

  “The architect is in touch with the unfamiliar,” Louis I. Kahn, the legendary twentieth-century architect, once told a group of Yale architecture students. In coining this cryptic phrase, he described the attitude required to explore, probe and test  multiple ways to …

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Shipping container homes address storm damage

Prototype for shipping container homes

A brand new prototype for shipping container homes now sits proudly on a hilltop in Steelville, Missouri. Last year I was tapped for what planning  and promotional experience I could lend to Living Uncontained, a professional housing and economic development team.  Their …

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Mom and Dad made WW II history

World War II biography of a U. S. Marine

As a small child during World War II, I could never claim to know much about this conflagration, which Ernie Pyle called “an unmitigated misfortune.” My main sources were my parents’ stories, related over the dinner table. Later I found 400 letters …

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