Category Archives: Travels with Charley

A writer’s resolutions

As one calendar year ends and a new one begins, I spend some time thinking about the past twelve months. What did I like about them? What could use some improvement? How can I effect change in the parts of my life that I don’t really care for? 2019 was tough in a lot of…
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How would you rediscover America?

Since I returned from my mini-Steinbeck odyssey, I’ve had the chance to read Peter Zheutlin’s (a festival guest speaker) soon-to-be-released book The Dog Went Over the Mountain. Motivated by John Steinbeck, Zheutlin took a cross-country trip in 2018 with his rescue dog Albie. The two traversed America in a convertible for over six weeks. Suffice…
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Solo in Salinas: How much fun was that?

I recently returned from a solo trip to Salinas, CA. While there, I attended the 38th Annual Steinbeck Festival “In Search of America” at the National Steinbeck Center, right in the heart of Salinas. This year’s highlighted book just happened to be one of my favorites, Travels with Charley. Though I hadn’t originally planned to…
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What’s on my Bedside Reading Table?

Winter is a fantastic time to curl up in your bed or your favorite chair with a good book (unless it happens to have been hijacked by an entitled dog!) Here’s what’s been keeping me company so far this month. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman This was a Christmas gift from my friend…
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