small towns

life imitates art

So Lakeshore Christmas is all about saving the library. In fictional Avalon, finances are tight and hard choices have to be made. One of the most painful cuts that has

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circumnavigating the island

The water’s only 56 degrees F and the current is swift…so what are these people doing? gorgeous photo by the incomparable Pete Saloutos: It’s a fundraiser to help a friend

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100-year-old school

So the counselor at Ivers J. Norton Elementary School wrote to me about the school’s 100th anniversary celebration. Today, they’re honoring former staff members at the school in a small

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hometown bookstore

Would you please check out this nice window display? Eagle Harbor Book Company made a splash for Fireside and Fire Fly Lane by Kristin Hannah. The girls are on fire!

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in the news

This very small but very interconnected town is crawling with writers. There are enough of us that we made the local paper’s year-end roundup. It’s incredibly nice to live in

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Everyone's a critic.

Spotted next to a building site, being cleared for yet more projects: It’s unbelievably beautiful here. I’m kinda with the spray-painters. According to George Carlin, the biggest advantage to living

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Hooray!

Oh, fun! The Winter Lodge is up for a Reviewers Choice Award from RT Book Reviews. It’s up against some of the best books of 2007. I am in good company–every

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A morning swim

My friend Pete took this stunning picture one morning. He’s a key organizer of Arms Around Bainbridge, an athletic event and benefit for Olivia Carey, a beloved islander suffering from ovarian

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When life gives you lemons…

…Make LEMONADE CAKE.* I put two recipes on my web site this summer, along with the promo for my August book, Dockside: The small Catskills town of Avalon, New York, on

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