"There’s nothing like a subtle sense of humor to catch a reader’s eye and ear..."
-- - - ~ Joe Kernan -- Warwick Beacon
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-- -- "In My Backpack - Stories and Travels of Bob Hocking"

"...its as if hes talking directly to you... there were times I was positive he was seated comfortably across from me in my study..."
-- - - ~ Roger Zotti -- The Resident
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-- -- "Essays to Enjoy and Learn From"




***Upcoming*** ***Events***

September 23rd
A Writer’s Workshop
Utica, NY

October 1st
Book signing

Savoy BookShop & Cafe

Westerly, RI

October 3rd
A Writer’s Workshop
Mystic, CT

October 21st
ComplemenTerry Designs
Great Pumpkin Festival
Putnam, CT

Recent posts...

Optional Extras

The license plate game (and the meaning of life)

South and north along the East Coast Bob and Terry on Tour 2016 – Best of South Carolina


The New York State Chinese Lantern Festival Photo Gallery

Even those that cannot cook have favorite recipes

Wandering the aisles

Clearing the playdough from the fridge


On the road…



2017 is about to get busy... LOTS of travel busy... as Bob and ComplemenTerry Designs prepare to hit the road for special events and appearances.

Here are some of the details...

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Bob's writing stops

With some plans still in development, the schedule right now has Bob making five appearancs in three northeast states over the remainder of 2017. The most up-to-date details will always be available in the Writing & Books area of this web site, specifically in the Upcoming Events section. Of note:


Books signing - Life Won't Pass Me By is the pimary title being celebrated at an event on Sunday, October 1, 2017. The location is the Savoy Bookshop & Cafe (Westerly, Rhode Island).


A Writer's Workshop - This special program, focused on publishing, is set for three presentations over the next several weeks: Utica Public Library (Utica, New York), Mystic & Noank Library (Mystic, Connecticut), and Killingly Public Library (Killingly, Connecticut).


Author Meet-and-Greet - Bob is returning to the Liverpool Public Library (Liverpool, New York) in November for an afternoon appearance featuring several authors.


Other events may be added, so keep checking back.

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ComplemenTerry Designs

The 2017 Holiday Tour is approaching. And this year, ComplemenTerry Designs will be focused on a limited run of appearances... three shows over five days...


October - Great Pumpkin Festival - Putnam, CT


November - Christmas & Crafts - Verona, NY


December - Holiday Craft Fair - New York Mills, NY


For more details, check out the Calendar of Events page.

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National Buy Bob's Book Day


For 2017, the annual event has wrapped up, and we cannot overstate the appreciation we have for your time and support.

The Seventh Annual National Buy Bob's Book Day arrives on August 26, 2018.

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

If you would like to receive it...

  • 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...


It is one of the most rewarding treasure hunts you can take on... navigating your way through a book store.

And local, independent book stores? Wow. Just... wow.

Opportunities to purchase incredible titles from the used book sections... discover tremendous local-area-regional writers... and so much more.

A good book store is a GREAT find. And this month, the challenge to to get out and visit some of these amazing book stores in your neighborhood.

August 1st - 30th

Join the September 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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We appreciate the support, comments, and suggestions you've made about all of Bob's projects (and for the feedback and interest you may offer in the future).

Do you have a Kindle? How about a smartphone? (Did you know you can get the Kindle app for your smartphone?) In addition to paperback editions, all of the books are available for Kindle.

You can get more information by checking out...

Writing & Books

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I want to point out some places where you can follow In My Backpack, ComplemenTerry Designs, Local Friends for Local Business, and my 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 other pages over at Facebook that I'd like to nod in the direction of...

Time Just Drifts Away -- I use this page at Facebook for my published and professional writing efforts.

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

I 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, my 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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I am tremendously grateful for your time and consideration, and appreciate your comments and feedback.

If you can, please send along an e-mail and let me know what you think of things around here. A lot of work goes into the material that gets posted on the web site and the routine tidying of 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 me at Bob@inmybackpack.com