Welcome to 2018... Happy New Year (and all those good wishes)




Writing & Books...

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A Parkside View...




ComplemenTerry Designs...


Local Friends for Local Business...





Welcome to the New Year! I hope things with you are going amazingly, incredibly, breathtakingly well, and that you and those you care about have a jawdroppingly brilliant year.

Around here, things are going to get very busy, very quickly. A special announcement is on the way... which will hit the pages of the January edition of A Parkside View first, then head over here aroiund the middle of the month. In March, the In My Backpack web site will reach its Fifteenth Anniversary. And... throughout the month of January...

We have A LOT of material to share. The target is 40 essays by the end of the month. It will be a combination of new work and From the Backpack efforts, with the attempt being to bring something to the site each day.

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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.

And that's not all going on with his books. Bob has also announced...

The Life Won't Pass Me By Package

It's an amazing offer... two books can be selected from five options... you get paperback copies of the books (signed, and can be personalized) AND a limited-edition collectible (a photo of the cover image from Life Won't Pass Me By, signed by both Bob and artist Jay Gillen) FOR JUST $25. Plus, several places in the United States may be eligible for free shipping on the deal.

Details specific to this special offer can be found here.

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).

There will be a special announcement made in January of 2018... with the announcement hitting the pages of A Parkside View before it gets made anywhere else.

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 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...

Something New

Six years completed... the seventh beginning here in January of 2018... that's seventy-two months of challenges, with more on the way.

This month, Local Friends is getting back to the very basics of the effort. Simple, clean, and fun...

Find a new place in your neighborhood (or in whatever neighborhood you may find yourself during the month).

That's it.

Nothing fancy. Just look around... while taking a walk or sitting at a stop light... find a place you have never visited before that looks interesting... step inside.

There are quite likely restaurants you've been meaning to try... shops you have been thinking about visiting.

This month, the challenge is to explore your community and find something new.

Something New
January 1st - 31st

Join the January 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 Amazon.com, where you can receive updates and details, read postings, and learn all sorts of exciting stuff.

Amazon.com --

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...




If you have any comments or questions, please e-mail us at Bob@inmybackpack.com