Writing & Books...

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A Parkside View...




ComplemenTerry Designs...


Local Friends for Local Business...





Welcome to the Fifteenth Anniversary of In My Backpack...

It all began in March of 2003 with some very simple hopes... to create a place to share some writing. Experiment... explore... muck about... make mistakes... perhaps realize an occasional success (or two)...

Simple. Basic. Absolutely not perfect.

And now, in 2018, it has shifted and expanded... matured and reformed... and become more than I ever expected.

In the beginning, there were movie reviews. Those are gone. Long gone.

Since those early days... we've adjusted the writing areas... we've added a Photo Gallery, ComplemenTerry Designs, Local Friends for Local Business, A Parkside View, and more to the neighborhood.

In My Backpack has become a real online community. It has become Backpackville. And we thank you for stopping by, looking around, and returning over the years. We thank you for your time. We thank you for your support.

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A Parkside View:
Volumes 1 & 2

It was a wild thought. Not too crazy... not too unusual... but definitely an addition to the chaos. Starting a monthly newsletter and producing content that would be debut exclusively on its pages.

A Parkside View is a monthly release. Over its first two volumes -- July of 2016 to December of 2017 -- it contained eighteen original pieces and twenty-five From the Backpack efforts. Those forty-three essays, plus two written just for the new collection, are all included in A Parkside View: Volumes 1 & 2.

The tenth book Bob has published, it will be released on March 6, 2018. You can find it in print and Kindle editions, available online in places such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

The first nine of Bob's published titles are available in print and Kindle editions. And... right now... every title released in 2017 or earlier is available for Kindle and the Kindle app at a price of 99-cents.

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...


The central idea for the March challenge involves what you would look for when hosting a party or special event of some type.

Where would you go for decorations?

If you were cooking at home, where would you shop for the groceries? If looking for catering or some sort of outside help, where would you head for takeout?

Do you have a special restaurant that is always part of a birthday, graduation, and other important moments when you gather with family and friends? Is there that one store you visit to find creative and unique gifts?

March 1st - 31st

Join the March 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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