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Some Quiet Stories
Some Quiet Stories

Rather long ago, “local color” stories fostered reader admiration – inexplicable and curious admiration – especially in a youngster first studying literature. How could the ordinary strike one as extraordinary, how could simplicity strike one as sophisticated, and how could simple prose move a boy who liked to read?Intervening years, now, very many of them, have not answered the questions nor altered the fascination, and so it is that there is more than a dollop of local color in the pages that follow. Probably, readers won’t find much sophistication, but simplicity abounds, or so I hope.  —  Frank.
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The Alexander Valley Wine Bar and the Small-City Slicker
The Alexander Valley Wine Bar and the Small-City Slicker

Account of a sometime picaresque lawyer, a sole practitioner, in a fictitious city on coastal Maine. The story of Jimmy Crutcher balances misbehavior against unplanned noble acts. Rascal though he may be, readers may grow fond of him. Yep, surprising though it may seem, they may grow fond of a lawyer and, in any event, will learn lots of lawyer secrets.
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The Bidmouth Saga
The Bidmouth Saga

Bidmouth (pronounced “Bidmuth” by the locals) is a fictional, seacoast town in Maine, the last home of the patriarch of a family and vacation home to his children and their offspring. Family members are the subjects of these stories. They include accounts featuring some direct descendants and some in-laws of the patriarch whose death pretty much marks the saga’s end, except for one series of events shortly after his death.Pappy (Laurence Carroll), a Boston Irishman, is the patriarch. Before WWII, he studied in Delft. On a summer tour of Italy, he met and fell in love with a young Italian art major, Paolina Pianigiani. In 1936, they were married in Italy, somewhat to the chagrin of her parents. After the war, Pappy and Paolina immigrated to the U.S. where he taught and edited an academic journal. Paolina died after the birth of her only daughter (Francesca) in 1948. The couple had four other children, all boys: Andrew, whom we meet in “Claire de Lune”; Anthony, in “Maine Bouillabaisse”; Peter, whose children are featured in “Railroading on the Last Morning in Maine”; and Sean, whose youngest son, Tommy, we meet in the story bearing that name. After Paolina’s death, Pappy took up with a woman we know as Esther (“Nana”) Chandler.The events described here arise in the lives of that family who live in or visit Bidmouth, beginning with Andrew and his wife Claire in the 1960s until shortly after the death of the patriarch in the first decade of this century.
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On The Porch at 14 Elm Street
On The Porch at 14 Elm Street

Some of us writers, then, are like a clerk-typist who sits at the word processor waiting for the muse to nudge us. We may write something, read it, and think it is pretty good, but then that voice tells us it won’t do. We tear it up or delete it and go back to work. So, pretty much, we are waiting for the muse, trying to listen for her directions and approval. Those directions and words of approval tend to be faint, but they continue until she is satisfied.When I started to write this story, I honestly did not know where it would go — where the muse would take it. But, I went ahead. And the result surprises me. You see Calliope didn’t just urge a story on me or out of me. She took me for a wild bit of a ride. For as I wrote, I sort of fell in love with the people she crafted on these pages. Maybe, as you read this story, you’ll fall in love a bit too. I hope so. — Frank.
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