The Last Word, October 2022

Pictured is the exciting moment summer of 2021 when Dimmie located an ancestor’s gravestone in the Indian Cemetery on Madeline Island, in La Point, WI. She left a coin in the Ojibway tradition.

Dimmie and I are both enjoying Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, the Edward Curtis biography by Timothy Egan.*

The Last Word—for discerning readers—by author Gregory Zeigler.

Something good to read. I complained in my last, Last Word, about formulaic mystery/thriller writing and lo and behold, I have found a series that breaks many of the rules—and I’m hooked on it. The Mike Bowditch mystery series by Paul Doiron. I have read the first three. Doiron will always surprise you. I’ve learned it is possible to get hooked as much on a character in a series as on the stories. Mike Bowditch, Game Warden for the state of Maine, is such a real and believably flawed individual, albeit with generally good intentions, that I find myself compelled to find out what will happen to him next, or in the next in the series as it were.

And this.

 What Billie Jean King Told Me – Cross Country Skier

Something I did. Early in my teaching and coaching career, around the time of the implementation of Title IV, I approached “the powers that were” at the school where I was employed and asked—because female students did not have a comparable program—to add girls to my varsity boys’ soccer team. I was turned down and the reason given was, “the impact of the ball can cause breast cancer.” One of the joys of my lifetime has been to watch misconceptions like the one mentioned above be replaced by serious support of women’s sports.

Something to consider. Due in large part to the sway of the quintessential ugly American, ugliness is rampant in America. Perhaps we can all do our parts to restore beauty and harmony to this magnificent country.

Something to do. Vote

Happy reading. Gregory Zeigler, author of the Jake Goddard and Susan Brand eco-thriller series.

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*I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to thank my friends for their influence and contributions.

Dimmie introduced me to Egan’s book.

James sent me the Billie Jean King article.

Tom introduced me to Paul Doiron’s work.

I often feature photos by Paul and Chuck.

Thanks, friends!

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