Cold and snow and ice and...




Writing & Books...

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A Parkside View...




ComplemenTerry Designs...


Local Friends for Local Business...





Last month was incredibly busy here, there, and everywhere around The 'ville...

We announced a new book release! A Parkside View: Volumes 1 & 2 will be out on March 6, 2018. For now... the cover sample...

There will be more to share on the book as the month moves along.

We brought forty-two essays to the web site in January. They featured additions to several areas of Backpackville, and included both new and older material. To catch up on the full run from the month, meander over to the January 2018 Now Playing page in The Attic.

There have been some whispers starting for the 2018 appearances, both for Bob with his writing and ComplemenTerry Designs. We are slowly lifting the curtain on dates, and hope to have some confirmation and specific details to share soon.

And we began a march toward the Fifteenth Anniversary of In My Backpack... which will be celebrated in March.

Outside... it's cold. Negative degrees... snow and more swirling around. Here in The 'ville... the excitement continues moving right along. Keep checking back for more.

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99-cents... 99-cents... 99-CENTS!!!

All nine of Bob's published titles are available in print and Kindle editions. And... right now... ALL NINE of his books are available for Kindle and the Kindle app at a price of 99-cents each.

For more information about Bob and his published works, check out the Writing & Books area of Backpackville.

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It's the monthly newsletter... featuring at least two essays each month (with one taking a bow exclusively in A Parkside View).

If you would like to receive each edition...

  • To sign up, send an e-mail asking to be added to the distribution list. (Or, if using one of our pages on social media, a message will work.)
  • It is distributed by e-mail. Along with a short announcement in the body of the e-mail, a PDF file of the newsletter is attached.

We have some exciting plans for A Parkside View, and hope you'll be a part of this project by receiving it each month, and by sending along your feedback and suggestions for it.

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Local Friends for Local Business

This month the Local Friends challenge is...

Old Reliable

Call your hometown what you will... a neighborhood... a community... a city... and more. For all of us, awarding the title of home comes with a sense of belonging and comfort.

We are familiar with our surroundings. We know where to go for items like a cup of coffee… a great meal… medicine, clothing, home repair… the list goes on and on.

In some cases, we know where to go for speed and convenience... in other cases, we know where to go for price, service, selection... and every so often, we know where to go for a little bit of everything.

Perhaps we know the owners. They live next door, or we see them around town. We see people we know when we stop in.

These are the places we would never find if we lived someplace else, and yet for almost all of them we would need to find an equivalent in our new neighborhood if we moved.

One great part of these places, beyond the people, is that we know what we expect to find when we visit. They make food we find tasty and crave… they carry the brands or options we are looking for… they offer an environment we feel comfortable in. As the title of the challenge suggests… they are, for us, reliable.

Old Reliable
February 1st - 28th

Join the February Local Friends for Local Business...

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Should learning more about Bob's writing be of interest to you -- and if it is, THANK YOU -- use this link...

Writing & Books

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There are other places where you can follow In My Backpack, ComplemenTerry Designs, Local Friends for Local Business, and Bob's published writing (and other assorted efforts). We have pages on Facebook, Twitter, and, where you can receive updates and details, read postings, and learn all sorts of exciting stuff. --

Bob's author page

In My Backpack --

Facebook -- In My Backpack
Twitter -- @Bobinmybackpack

ComplemenTerry Designs --

Facebook -- CT Designs
Twitter -- @CTerryDesigns

Local Friends for Local Business --

Facebook -- Local Friends for Local Business
Twitter -- @FriendsLocal

There are a couple of pages over at Facebook that we'd like to nod in the direction of...

Time Just Drifts Away -- A page at Facebook for Bob's published and professional writing efforts.

Muddy Paws and Puppy Love -- A fun page on Facebook where we celebrate Lady, Travis, Molly and Gus... along with their friends (and ours).

We would be incredibly grateful if you took a few minutes to check out some of these pages. (And if you have a Facebook and/or Twitter account, our on-going appreciation and ever-lasting gratitude goes along with every "Like" or "Follow" you add. (So you'll have that going for you.))

(Thank you!)

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We are tremendously grateful for your time and consideration, and appreciate your comments and feedback.

If you can, please send along an e-mail and let us know what you think of things around here. A lot of work goes into the material that gets posted on this web site and the process of tidying up content, and if you spot something that you particularly like... or something you believe we might be able to do a bit better... that information is always welcomed by us.

Have a great month folks... and thank you again for all of your attention and visits.

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My dearest companions and supporters since the beginning of the site... proud to call them family...




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