Visiting northwest Indiana was a refreshing break for me. The time went way too fast, of course. Some of the highlights began before embarking on the Amtrak in Flagstaff. Jean, Linda and I visited Walnut Canyon (where we shot photos of the Indian paintbrush and other wildflowers; Sunset Crater, filled with black lava fields, and finally, downtown Flagstaff, where we browsed the shops and marvelled at the activiity for a Sunday evening. The train arrived a bit late, and I boarded by 4 a.m. and woke everyone in my coach as I fumbled for my reserved seat. But the views were heavenly as we travelled east through New Mexico. The overnight was a teeny bit much. Sleep came in fits. When we arrived early the next morning in Kansas City, I was ready to absorb the sights along southern Iowa and Mississsippi river towns. The train arrived on time in Chicago. I made it over to the South Shore station in time to catch the 4:02 pm pre-rush hour crowds.

The book signing was overwhelmingly touching, since high school classmates showed up to say hello and buy copies. I was totally taken off guard. Plus, the Times of Northwest Indiana filled their Sunday Lifestyle section with an article about me and the book. I sold out all the copies I had on hand, too. Left a few at the Chesterton Art Center and at the Beverly Shores Depot Gallery. The Westchester Library and Museum each received a complimentary signed copy from me.
Will post some pictures and add some notes about my train trip to Chicago from Dune Park to enjoy a Chicago river cruise.
If you missed me at the European Market and want to purchase a copy of Talking Landscapes: Indiana Dunes Poems, you can buy them at or or just contact me. Cost is $10, plus shipping and applicable tax.
BTW, tomorrow I begin a new class in Haiku and Senryu and Wabi Sabi with a new instructor at OLLI at Yavapai College.

Harold and i sign books at the Art Center on September 8.