Monday, August 31, 2009

Ghost Town Graveyard

All that is left of the the Ghost town of Hindostan Falls, Indiana is a deserted cemetery. Ironically, the town had a whetstone quarry where the stone was exported to make grave markers. No one seems to know what exactly killed the people or why they didn't stay. Legend says that the town treasury (a chest filled with gold coins) was stolen and buried to this day in a nearby hiding place. There is a story here... begging to be told.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hindostan Falls

We went to Martin County, Indiana to find the site of the the ghost town of Hindostan. It was the county seat until 1828 when a "Great Sickness" killed the 1200 inhabitants. The town was never resettled. The town mill was near this waterfall on the White River. The falls are about 8 feet high and about 200 yards wide. I'm doing research on the area, to decide if I want to tell this story.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

A Dark Morning

I spent this morning working on a scene from my new book "Killer Kat". It was a serial killer singing in the shower. What would Hannibal Lector sing in the shower? Needless to say it was a dark and strange morning as I made up lyrics to Julie Andrews song, sung by my villain. I'm ashamed to say that I made myself laugh. You'll have to wait for the book to come out to read it...because if I published it now and you read it out of context... you might send the boys in the white suits.

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down... Clarice!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Angel Mounds

We visited Angel Mounds near Evansville yesterday and walked the 400 acre ancient village. These are pictures of the main mound where the chief lived. It is more than 600 feet long and four hundred feet wide and 45 feet tall. The village was home to 2000 people. They were an advanced civilization and disappeared about the same time the Mayans did and left no written records. Many experts believe (me included...not that I'm an expert) that the remnants became the Illini and Wabash River Tribes that are portrayed in Wa-Ba-Shik-Ki.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ghost Bridge

I heard about an abandoned bridge over the White River in Southern Indiana that might make a good place for the serial killer in my new book "Killer Cat" to get rid of a body. Angie and I hiked back and took these pictures. I think the location is suitable to get rid of the evidence. Picture the bridge at night... I think that someone may end up sleeping with the fishes...

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

I still dont feel good about this

After a few days of digesting the fact the Brett Favre is back in the division with my beloved Bears...I still don't feel good about it. Bad things can happen when he is around; even if he is 76 years old. His retirement seems to be like my stomach after a bowl of ham and beans. As soon as you begin to enjoy life again...they come back to pay you another visit.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I was at peace

I went for a walk this morning and took this picture. The birds were singing, the flowers were standing like ornate cherubs and then a deer pranced across this hay field. All was right in the universe today until I learned Brett Farve came out of retirement and signed with the Vikings. Oh the humanity!!!!!!!!!!!

Go Bears!

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Monday, August 17, 2009

“Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take everything you have.” Davy Crockett

Sunday, August 16, 2009

I miss "The Duke"

When I was young, my brother and I would squabble over just about anything, My mother would enter the scene and remind me that John Wayne said in an interview that the thing he hated most in life was pettiness. Realizing that I was fighting over petty issues, I was ashamed that I was out of The Duke's good graces. Reluctantly, I stop fighting until I had a good reason; i.e. My honor had been questioned, Someone was rude to a lady, They were shooting at me, or they were no good scoundrels who just needed to be taught a lesson.
Then I realized that John Wayne would have a hard time making it today in our modern world. Every time he would take a dame into his arms and kiss her hard because she needed it (Even if she didn't know she did); He'd end up in the slammer for sexual harassment. Every time he would punch someone in the nose, he'd be back in jail for assault. You can see the pattern. My boyhood hero would end up in the police blotter every other day.

I hear people longing for a simpler time and place, but it's too late to keep the genie in the bottle. Times have changed and there's no going back. Still... there should be room in this world for putting a bully in his place without ending up behind bars.

John Wayne says:

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Saturday, August 15, 2009


I really had a great time with Todd Bates on Haunted Voices Radio Network last night. The interview lasted three hours and the time seemed to fly by. Hopefully I'll get a chance for a repeat performance. I hope to have the interview available on the blog or website soon.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

I saw where they have just scheduled the wake for Eunice Kennedy Shriver in Cape Cod. It made me sad as I remembered the time we shared together. Several years ago, before I became the world renowned author that you all know and love, I made a living selling shoes. I was standing in front of the store, minding my own business when Eunice happen to come along and seemed to be smittened with me. I learned later that it was the pair of low cut lavender pumps with three and a half inch spiked heels that she wanted. Naturally, she tried on several pairs pretending to be finicky, when in reality she was trying to prolong the experience, as I massaged her bunions while slipping the shoes on her feet. Alas... our story ended in the way that most May-December romances do. She gave me $29.95 plus tax and left with the shoes instead of me. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Vaya con Dios, Eunice

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ambraw in August

We went for a drive south of Vincennes and found a deserted bridge over the Ambraw River, just before it disappears into the Wabash. Even the smell of dead fish in the ninety degree heat can't take away from the beauty of the picture.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Rick to be featured on the Haunted Voices Radio Network

Never one to miss an opportunity to shamelessly promote my new book, I'll be appearing live on the Internet, satellite and the armed forces network On Friday August 12 at 8pm central time. If you want to listen on your computer go to It should be fun as we talk about the local urban legends of Betsey Reed and the Black Panther of Flat Rock. It should be fun...hope you listen.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Wa-ba-shik-ki is Finally Published!!!

Wa-ba-shik-ki : Conquest of the Wabash has been realeased and is available online at It should start to appear on the usual internet sights in the next couple of weeks. I should have my copies in by Monday or Tuesday if anyone wants a signed copy. Thanks for being patient and a hope you enjoy the book

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