After spending most of my time on books, I’ve returned to commentary, both political opinion, and human interest.  My column “Senior in Paradise” runs twice a month in the “Columbia City Post and Mail,” a newspaper I worked for in college.  I am also writing Guest Commentary for the “Louisville Courier-Journal,” and I have a contract with “Next Avenue” for essays and reported pieces.

A chapter of my latest book, Centennial Farm Family: Cultivating Land and Community 1837 to 1937, won the 2022 Elaine Spires Smith, Family History Writing Award from the Indiana Genealogical Society.

“The Raven Lunatic” column ran syndication from 2014 to 2017 on Senior Wire News Service.  I also contributed to SWNS syndicated column, “A Healthy Age.”  Senior Wire News Service provides articles to newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S. and Canada. Before 2014, The Raven Lunatic ran in a dozen Indiana newspapers.  I also published widely in both print and online magazines and newspapers. Some of my favorite clips are hot-linked at the bottom of the page.

I’ve written seven books, Centennial Farm Family, Always Carl, A Piece of Her Soul, Whitley County Kid, A Piece of Her Heart, A Piece of Her Mind, and The Luxury of Daydreams.  You can purchase any or all from my Books page. I am featured in three anthologies, published by the Late Orphan Project, the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop, and Talking Writing Books.

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I graduated from the School of Journalism at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where I earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree about 7,000 years ago.  Ball State University offered me an excellent education, giving me lifelong critical thinking skills that sustain me today. Ball State is an excellent choice if you have a family member interested in studying journalism.  Check out Ball State Journalism here.


My Favorite Random Clips:

Little Old Lady Comedy

Indiana History Blog, State Library of Indiana
Next Avenue
Scary Mommy
Kevin M.D., 
Boomer Cafe
Sammiches and Psych Meds
Evansville Living (scroll down to San Diego)
Senior Voice Alaska (sample of syndicated column)
She Knows