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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 Amazon.com or Createsapce.com 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.

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Well, the secret is out. Since my Talking Landscapes class I have been working hard at revising my Haiku created for that class. I once turned my nose up at the idea of Haiku, figuring it was a 1960’s college fad. How wrong I was. Haiku is very challenging. One has to condense a picture or idea down to¬† 5-7-5 syllable verse. Few words and big impact, if one does it well. I am yet a beginner. I hope to self-publish my chapbook within the next 6-8 weeks. Since my subject matter is regional, I will be pitching it back in Indiana when the book it ready to go.

Anyway, two of my classmates and I have decided to form out own little poetry society. We’ve agreed to meet monthly to focus on our work (not all Haiku). We’ve made plans to meet out at Dead Horse Ranch State Park, which is a second home for each of us., I discovered. No surprise there. We poets like to be out in nature. We like to write about it. So, our working title of our little group presently is titled, “The Dead Horse Poets’ Society.”

I will keep you up to date with my book’s progress. Call this my pre-publishing marketing for now.

Below is a photo of my fellow poets of the society: Linda and Jean. I am honored to be in this club with these two extremely talented artists.