For those who enjoy a good yarn, a large dose of humor, a wide selection of offerings, and telling illustrations, this gathering of tales is written for your pleasure, diversion, and entertainment. The illustrations, themselves, will invite you into each story and leave you with an image for recollection. Common threads of humor, telling psyches, poignant moments, and crescendo endings tie these tales together. This is a collection of widely varied stories written over decades.
One,written over sixty years ago, resulted in the author pursuing creative writing; lost, but re-written and re-named, it presents itself as "Apparition." Another was published in "The Atlantic Salmon Journal," and now is offered for your armchair visit to Labrador, considered by many to be the last frontier in North America. There are a few stories based on the author's encounters with a most unusual and unforgettable individual in Maine whose father was a Maine woodsman raconteur and mother was a one time New York City Rockette. He, himself, was an accomplished story teller. You will find him as Lionel. Some of the players in the stories spoke little but made major impressions, such as seen with a bear in Yellowstone, a llama from Patagonia, and the Ay Ay Ma Ma bird in the Amazon. There is a good deal of whimsy thrown into many of the stories; nonetheless there are offerings that will leave you sharing heartbeats and tears with characters. For the reader interested in health care, there is a tale called, "Concussion," so named and copyrighted before the later, more well-known version. In it, you will find a protagonist driven by personal issues, blocked by political ploys, and befuddled by the play of the participants; it is a story offering another direction for health care. So, travel from the Nile to the Amazon, join the English gentry at the southern tip of South America, see yourself on the sea with pirates of yesteryear, pick up a fly rod, or put on some snow shoes – all easily done while sitting in an armchair imagining yourself on a literary safari.