Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Hideout Authors Club

A long time ago a bunch of my running friends, including my partner-in-crime, Shawn Sweet, met at the Hair of the Frog Brewery to brainstorm the first Grand Rapids Marathon.

The Frog is now known as "The Hideout." Lots of runners still hang out there, enjoying refreshing adult beverages. But today, I want to talk about another group that I'm proud to be a member of. The Hideout Authors Club.

Nothing formal about it, but there are four of us who hang at The Hideout and have published books. Dan Manning, who about 12 years ago lost his IT job at Meijer in a big reorganization, started his own computer support business, and also started writing science fiction stories, then went on to publish about six books so far. Dick Bagge is the senior member, and has a couple novels set in the times of The Crusades. He's a real historian, and even though "chronologically gifted" he continues to act like a much younger man, sharing his goals and ideas with the rest of us. Vic Foerster wrote a great collection of Isle Royale stories called Naked in the Stream. While you're reading, you can actually hear the twigs cracking under your feet as you navigate a forest trail. And me. But you've read my newsletters, and lots of you have a copy of my book too. (opportunity to buy it in every newsletter--but you knew that.)

The common thread here is this. Passion. It's something that we all share at The Hideout. The brewers' passion for the art of brewing. The authors' passion for sharing our stories. The runners' passion for fitness, fellowship, and fun in the events we create and participate in. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Your Magic Carpet?

I read a poem the other day by Shell Silverstein that made me think of the wonderful capabilities that we all have that we forget to use or we take for granted.  It's called

The Magic Carpet

You have a magic carpet

That will whiz you through the air,

To Spain or Maine or Africa

If you just tell it where.

So will you let it take you

Where you’ve never been before

Or will you buy some drapes to match

And use it on your floor


Somewhere inside us we all have a magic carpet. It's all in how we choose to use it. Are YOU using your magic carpet to take you places?  Or does day to day life have you out shopping for drapes?  The choice is yours.