In an attempt to be modest, as the author herewith, my description of this book finds it to be merely an earnest endeavor. For an amateur to create touching short stories from bits and pieces of his 82 years of life-experience requires two basics. I feel that first of all a deep fondness for telling stories is required and second, a desire to apply an ample sprinkling of phraseology. In similar words, an ancient poet wrote, "Phrasing is to writing, what flavor is to food. How often we find that an ill chosen word-sequence makes a lovely thought as difficult to digest as a badly seasoned stew? Just as the correct use of herbs gives character to rice, a few well formed phrases, like the skillful stroke of an artists brush, can awaken an appreciation of beauty hidden within us". I hope I have briefly touched upon this accomplishment. It is my sincere desire that this endeavor will bring some pleasure among readers. I must admit however, that a modest profit is also a consideration. The Author (right justify this line, please)
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Published December 26, 2000
Literature & Fiction.