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Welcome to my Dead Ready Website

“Getting dead ready” was my mother’s phrase.
She didn’t use it in a morbid manner.
It meant doing such things as organizing financial files in three-ring
notebooks or cleaning out a closet of old blankets.
This is to clean out what would otherwise get stuck in the harddrive.

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Winter Wolves of Haden County

dedicated to
Eddie Bailey who said fiction was all I ever wrote


The Winter Wolves of Haden County

...the serialized account of the multi-generational political
families running a quadrant of counties in
Southern Illinois.

    There are 102 counties within the Great State of Illinois, each
 typically governed  by 29 commissioners .

   Within the Great State of Illinois exist two political realities:
Cook County of the legendary Democratic political machine
 and Downstate, a hotbed of Republican conservative farmers.

   Noteworthy in Haden County is a uniquely popular Democrat,
William Wolf, president of Haden's Board of Commissioners.
   In the opening chapter Commissioner Wolf is under unlikely
 consideration for Lieutenant Governor.

      "It's happening! It's happening now!" Shelby Wolf texts
Kyle Grosen in the opening chapter.
      The step-daughter of William Wolf and the son of
Haden County's state's attorney had been playmates since
toddlerhood. They'd met in the various styled cloak rooms
and back rooms of their parents' parties and meetings
since before Shelby was a Wolf.
      There was no doubt in either of the teenagers' minds
they would follow in their parents footsteps.

        Once a Reporter,
Always a Reporter        

                      Once I was a straight reporter.
              Then my husband became a politician.
    That made me a political spouse with bad habits,
                                              some of which are exposed here.

Just Before It's Gone:
Stories of Loss and Gain


Dee of St. Mary's skipjack
In the last quarter of the 20th century St. Mary’s County Maryland still had outhouses, tobacco farms, fishing villages and plantations. Dozens of skipjacks still visited in the wintertime.

    One of the last live radio stations in America carried the only available daily news. There were a couple of traffic signals, a couple of dress shops, small community grocery stores and a Navy base that most military personnel considered a hardship posting.

    Still, just as the first English settlers had determined 350 years before, there were always some who saw the remote and marshy peninsulas for what it is: a marketable paradise.

St.George Island        old island map

Born a third the way into the 18-year Boom
  1952-ers travel just ahead of the crest of the wave.
We are the froth.

.......and that has made all the difference.
(with apologies to Mr. Frost)

Viki in Egg

St. Mary's County Tourism

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