"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"




Thanks for visiting... during a VERY busy month...



Two parts goofy... three parts shameless self-promotion... six years of fun... the date is drawing close...


Six years ago, after releasing Time Just Drifts Away, efforts were moving toward promoting the effort...

Six years ago, while looking around the internet, postings were seen for National Raspberry Cream Pie Day and other assorted days of silly celebration...

Six years ago, a "you got peanut butter in my chocolate, you got chocolate in my peanut butter" chaos swirled and created a thought:

If raspberry cream pie can have a day, offered with humor and fun, why not Bob's books?

August 26, 2017 ~ The Sixth Annual event!

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Life Won't Pass Me By

& Conversations

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The new releases are NOW AVAILABLE!!!

Life Won't Pass Me By contains more than forty essays that have been posted on the In My Backpack web site since the earliest days.

Conversations is a collection of interviews, and includes bonus content that you can only find on its pages.

Each of these efforts was designed to recognize the Fourteenth Annivesarty of In My Backpack.

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National Buy Bob's Book Day

When the annual event arrives in 2017, Bob will have released four titles since last year's National Buy Bob's Book Day festivities.

In 2012, he was putting the finishing touches on his first book (Time Just Drifts Away). At some point in later that month, he started seeing pictures and images that all had to do with national days of celebration. LOTS of them.

It was like National Day of This and National Day of That were taunting him.

Every day… a new national day. Pictures and posters and links and videos for pies… ice cream… date nights… fried foods… relatives… and… well... the light-switch moment usually noted is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day.

When there are days being dedicated by someone for cleaning floors, deviled eggs, talking like a pirate and dressing in blue… it didn’t seem too outrageous to organize a shameless plug for his writing.

Around In My Backpack. We’ve celebrated it every year since.

The Sixth Annual National Buy Bob's Book Day arrives on August 26, 2017.

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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...

I Scream You Scream

If there is only one treat of summer to be named, I doubt anything but ice cream would receive the designation.

Yes... great throughout the year. But on a warm, beautiful, summer evening, there's something about a cone picked up at a roadside stand... the debate of candies and crunchies and other coatings... the joys of shakes and sundaes and bananas and more.

And with so many amazing places to visit, ice cream stands are one of the truly great community destinations.

I Scream You Scream
August 1st - 31st

Join the August 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

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