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An opinionated posting on a variety of subjects by a former newspaper reporter and columnist whose daily column was named best in Indiana by UPI. The Blog title is that used in his high school sports predictions for the Muncie Evening Press.

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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

An Excellent Book to Check Out

Today we are pleased to have a guest blogger, Shelagh Watkins. Shelagh, who lives in Wales, edited the fine anthology she writes about.

Thank you for reading this blog entry! This is the sixth post on the Forever Friends blog tour. If you are following the tour, thanks again for your support! If you missed the start of the book tour, please check the previous five blogs for December 1st-5th listed at the end of this post, where you will also find links to and for anyone considering ordering a copy of Forever Friends.
At the time of writing this blog post, the tour has already begun and the second blog post will be appearing within a matter of hours. On those two posts, I talked about the wonderful comments I received about the book and gave a brief outline of the book’s contents. Two comments I received since I wrote those posts came from two of the book’s contributors:

“Being a part of this compilation was a great experience for me. The poems and stories in this book reflect the love and friendship that is found in the world. if one just takes a moment to notice them.
Thank you to all the contributors for making this a positive and endearing book.”
“I love this book and I'm not just saying that because a short poem of mine appears in it. In these days of chaos, what better time to focus on friends in stories and verse! There are many views of friends here and each one pulls us farther into the book and reminds us of the best parts of our lives: our friends.”

Dick is one of those friends who make the world a better place. I would like to thank him for inviting me onto his blog. I share Dick’s sense of humor and thoroughly enjoyed reading his book of short stories, The Rough Old Stuff, sixteen his stories published in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine from 1979 to 1985. I can wholeheartedly recommend the book to everyone who enjoys dry wit and a wicked sense of humor.
Dick’s short story in the anthology, A Dog’s Best Friend is well written and entertaining. The dialogue and prose are skillfully handled and make for an enjoyable read. Dick also has a keen eye for human mannerisms, no doubt from twenty years as a reporter, sportswriter and daily columnist at the Muncie Evening Press in Indiana. The column won a United Press International (UPI) award as Best in Indiana.
Dick's story is one of many that will entertain readers and make them want to read on. Order your copy now. As I keep saying, you will not be disappointed!
Forever Friends is available now from all major online stores, including
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Thanks again for reading this and best wishes for the holiday season!

Shelagh Watkins

Please follow the tour to learn more about the book.
Blog Tour:
December 1 Chelle Cordero
December 2 Zada Connaway
December 3 Mary Muhammad
December 4 Helen Wisocki
December 5 Pam Robertson
December 6 Dick Stodghill
December 7 Philip Spires
December 8 Grace Bridges
December 9 L. Sue Durkin
December 10 A. Ahad
December 11 Malcolm R. Campbell
December 12 Lynn C. Johnston
December 13 Dianne Sagan
December 14 Donald James Parker
December 15 Karina Kantas
December 16 Milena Gomez
December 17 Tiziana Rinaldi Castro
December 18 Yvonne Oots


Blogger shelagh said...

Hi Dick,

Thanks for inviting me onto your blog and for the warm welcome! You are a true friend.


8:55 AM  
Anonymous Helen Wisocki said...


I just read your story in the anthology, "A Dog's Best Friend," yesterday and really loved it!

I'm also impressed that you were able to get this blog post up perfectly! I wasn't as skilled for my portion.

Loving the tour!

9:05 AM  
Blogger Donald James Parker said...

It was nice to learn more about Dick as well as the response to Forever Friends.
Thanks for hosting, Dick
Donald James Parker

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Zada Connaway said...

This is a terrific tour, and I am enjoying following it!

2:12 PM  
Blogger Pam Robertson said...

Dick I really enjoyed your story - it's a gem! Am also enjoying following the blog tour and seeing the book really come to life through Shelagh's great posts and people's feedback.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Chelle Cordero said...

Not only was it a great experience to be a part of this wonderful anthology, it is terrific to see so many of our contributors being a part of this virtual tour.

9:43 PM  

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