NY Yankee – Harry Hanson (1913)

NOTE – The following passage comes from a draft of my book The Least Among Them which presents an original and unique history of the New York Yankees.  The Least Among Them is currently in the editing stage.  It is hoped that the final research for this text will be completed in 2017 with a targeted 2018 publication date.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN – HARRY HANSON (1913)

            It has been seen that the 1912 Highlanders were not a very impressive squad.   In 1913, the results on the field for this franchise did not change dramatically.  As a baseball team, they were still not very good.  In 1912, the Highlanders won 50 games and finished in last place in the eight team American League.  The 1913 squad fared only slightly better, earning 57 wins and a seventh place finish in the eight team league.  One member of the 1913 team was a man who set a Major League record that still stands today – a catcher by the name of Harry Hanson.

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Birthdays

January 21 will be here soon.  It’s a big day for some people.  Many famous people were born on January 21. 

These include:

Charles V, King of France, born on January 21, in 1338

Ethan Allen, a famous American general, in 1738

John C. Fremont, “The Pathfinder,” in 1813

Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, the Confederate General, in 1824

Christian Dior, fashion designer, in 1905 Continue reading “Birthdays”

Scattering The Ashes

My first published novel, Scattering the Ashes, will be released by Ravenswood Publishing on August 20, 2017 

This is a story that will engage and inspire readers to overcome challenges and to learn to appreciate the people and simpler things in their lives.  Written in an enjoyable prose, this story has a strong character-driven plot with surprising humor.  

Scattering the Ashes tells the story of Sam Holmes, a school teacher, not yet thirty years old, who is living an uneventful, yet not unpleasant, life.  Although he doesn’t admit it to himself, Sam is lonely.  While Sam is a dedicated and hard-working teacher, he is energized by the fact that the school year has ended and an endless summer sits before him.  Sam plans to use much of this free time to train for his first marathon in New York City.

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Other Picture Books

In addition to my (soon to be) published works, I have a host of picture books that are in the “Pre-Published” phase.  

These books are not yet represented by a literary agent or publisher.

Artist John Fredericks is currently working on the Principal Sam series of books and, as such, is not available for these projects.  (He did the art work that is featured above.)

The wonderful editor Britta Eastburg Friesen works with me to bring the highest quality writing and story development to each of these works.  

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Principal Sam

Principal Sam is the main character in a new series of picture books for children in the early elementary grades.

Principal Sam works at Sunnyside School.  An excellent school leader, Principal Sam works hard to make his school one that is a positive and enjoyable place of learning for children.  As such, he is loved and respected by all.  There’s only one problem, Principal Sam is forgetful and he often confuses simple things.  When this happens, the children and the teachers in the school often come to Principal’s Sam’s assistance.

Children will delight in reading about Principal Sam’s exploits and in figuring out his mistakes before he does.  The Principal Sam books are happy, positive, and very engaging.

The first Principal Sam book, Principal Sam and the Calendar Confusion, will be published by Ravenswood Publishing in 2017.

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The New York City Marathon 2016

This blog post will be a little different than the others.  It might not end up as a coherent passage with one main theme.  More, it’s a stream-of-conscious recollection of my experiences at this year’s New York City Marathon.

As I am writing this passage a week after I ran, I’m sure some of the most poignant and special things that I wanted to remember have been lost among the crowds, thrills, and emotions of this wonderful and inspiring annual event.

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Impossible is an Illusion

The first published collection of my writings will be titled “Impossible is an Illusion.”  This work will contain 52 of my best essays and will be printed by Ravenswood Publishing on June 25, 2017.

The title for the book comes from this essay.

Impossible is an Illusion

I’m an optimist.  I always believe that good will prevail.  I look to the bright side.  The glass is half full – even when it is half-empty.  I believe in miracles.  Hope springs eternal.

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