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Shameless Self-Promotion

But I did ask permission from the Powers That Be here on Flyers Faithful. I’m published today. It’s one of the craziest things I’ll ever get to say and perhaps the most exciting. It’s a bit like giving birth, though all the labor is mental and emotional (only occasionally physical). I’ve been writing somewhat seriously since January 2000 when I was stuck in a college class that I had to take but didn’t find interesting. I wrote several stories and about twenty poems in a month. I figured that was a sign of some kind. My book, Phase, is not …

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Review: Ice Hockey Made Simple: A Spectator’s Guide

First written in 1993, Ice Hockey Made Simple: A Spectator’s Guide by PJ Harari and Dave Ominsky, has been reprinted and updated numerous times. Although not quite as current as one would expect. As I started reading, I put complete trust that everything would be up to date. Why wouldn’t it be? I’ve been watching hockey since 2010 and the basic set-up of hockey hasn’t changed since then. The only thing I can think of that has evolved has been the discipline on head hits (but that’s another rant and a half). So, when I read within the first ten pages …

New Book Time

With the magic of my Kindle Fire, I have gotten my next book to review. Due to my lack of hockey history, I’ve decided that it’s time to educate myself. Should I start with general hockey history or narrow it down? Enter 100 Things Flyers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Adam Kimelman. Yes! Right? I have to defend myself constantly as a Flyers fan up here in Northern Illinois, I ought to know my stuff. The book came out in 2010, so that might mean it’s dated, but we’ll see if that hinders it at all. …

Drumroll

I finished it! Finally!   (from google images) I just closed The Final Call: Hockey Stories from a Legend in Stripes by Kerry Fraser just minutes ago and I feel so accomplished. My brain is still teeming with a surplus of names and teams and dates, but I’m glad I read it. I think I could probably answer a few more hockey trivia questions than before. Just a few. My critiques of early posts still hold. The timeline jumps all over the place and that’s annoying. So many names dropped that it was like the first time I read Lord …

Friday the 13th (that bodes well)

Today (Thursday night, really) is my birthday. I share it with Claude Giroux and we won’t talk about the years in between I and the All-Star superstar ginger. It’s the first big snow here in Illinois and I’m driving down to Nashville tomorrow (Friday the 13th, oh dear) to see the Preds and Flyers play in Music City. A very full couple of days. I have been racking my brain on why I, an English teacher, English nerd and voracious reader, am having a heck of a time finishing The Final Call by Kerry Fraser. It is not an exceptionally long …

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