One of my favorites. Sorry that I have been remiss on blogging as of late, but I have just finished a manuscript for the second T-Rex Book – completed over my recent trip to the Islands. Now to the editors !

I will post a few chapters for those fans of Karl Patton. The Allosaurus is alive and kicking in this novel set in 1976!

A Late Boomer's Guide to Life

It was luxuries like air conditioning that brought down the Roman Empire. With air conditioning their windows were shut, they couldn’t hear the barbarians coming.”

Garrison Keillor

We recently received a letter from CL & P that provided normative data from our immediate neighborhood on our electrical consumption.  If the letter was to be believed, we were consuming enough power to light several small Midwestern towns.  Our failing grade suggested we had a carbon footprint larger than Paul Bunyon’s boot.

While our environmental “F” offended my anti-global warming spouse, it enraged my green teenaged son who had chided me over the past year for my failings as an environmentally conscious citizen.  If I were to succumb to all of his Greenpeace demands, I would be composting everything, urinating in the woods, and drinking from a perpetually dented metal water bottle. My house would forever register a refreshing 58…

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A nice review from an on-line reviewer.

Digital Pubbing

No, T-rex by the Tail has nothing to do with dinosaurs, and yes, being a dinosaur enthusiast, I did initially make that mistake. But I quickly got over the lack of actual dinosaurs and got sucked in to this story that chronicles a family with four boys and how they grew up under “Jurassic parenting.”


The book opens with Karl Patton, a tough but loving dad who is coping with the fact that he had to move his wife Susie to a nursing home because of her Alzheimer’s. At 81-years old, the opinionated and conservative Karl has begun to feel that America, his beloved country, is getting lazy and stupid. He goes to bed one night thinking about his wife and four boys, but he doesn’t wake up.

The rest of the story revolves around Karl, a man who has had a large effect on his family and friends’…

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