Bonus Excerpts

Baseball Moments
In American stories, as in American life, baseball is often part of the background. This is not an exhaustive look at baseball’s appearances in the Sky Spinner books, though it covers a large percentage of them. Read more…

Bar Scenes
When a friend joked to me about having a reading in a bar, the thought immediately popped into my head that there are bar scenes in all my books and that they add atmosphere and color and sometimes content. Here are some examples, just one for each book with the exception of In the Land of the Dinosaur. Bars are such an integral part of the Wisconsin landscape that it deserves—and gets—two. Read more…

Church Scenes
As in life, fictional places of worship can be both gathering places and settings for significant events. Here are church moments from each of the Sky Spinner books, with a bonus one from In the Land of the Dinosaur. Read more…

Women’s Work
The following excerpts from the six Sky Spinner books illustrate a variety of pursuits women characters find themselves involved in: outside housework, photography in a refugee camp, loading turkeys headed for slaughter, practicing an escape for a magic act, caring for an Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, and instructing an unruly classroom and its new student. Read more…

Men At Work
From Suite Harmonic to Clare, Loving, the Sky Spinner books find men at work–a soldier making camp, a judge going through his cases, a garage owner working on a car and a snake tamer removing a python’s eyecaps, a collector checking wares at auctions and a priest preparing for Mass. Here are some brief looks. Read more…

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