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Book One: Shadows We Remain

August 19, 2021 / 0 Comments

Private investigator Bruce Ellsworth is familiar with the Amish. In his previous job as Sheriff in Castleton, Illinois, he was occasionally summoned to the nearby Amish community of Caroline Creek to solve a minor disagreement. But when an Amish family arrives at his office seeking help in finding their missing

The Cold Winter

November 15, 2019 / 4 Comments

If I were a world famous author, given to the spinning of tall tales, the likes of which might leave the reader breathless with uncontrollable, rib-tickling laughter, I would have made the mountain in question a much more menacing beast. I would have created a peak that disappeared into the

The Pumpkin Patch

October 19, 2018 / 1 Comment

To my left and about half a mile up the side of the mountain, like a fragile shelf glued to the side of a very tall rock wall, I saw an eighteen-wheeler crawling along a path parallel to my own. With one eye on the road, my other eye followed

Skunk Breath

August 14, 2018 / 1 Comment

It has been a while since I’ve blogged, and my fingers are itching to ramble aimlessly about something. Anything. Maybe I’ll keep it light-hearted; go back in time, back to my car selling days, reminisce about a cold and rainy Saturday in October of 2013. If you have heard that

The Trucker

October 24, 2017 / 1 Comment

When he hits the Big Slab, his heart is sad. The memory of little faces looking up at him begging for one more day at home. With a little luck, clear weather, and good traffic, he will see his family again in a week. He points his rig towards Shaky

An Ex-Amish Independence

July 4, 2017 / 6 Comments

The boy adjusted his suspenders and tried not to look over his shoulder as the family farm disappeared slowly behind him. The red barn was the last to fade away, reminding him of the life he was leaving behind. It was early afternoon, and the snow in the fields was

Rollin’ Through Life

May 2, 2016 / 14 Comments

My dresser drawer made a hollow, clanging noise as I pushed it firmly shut. It was exactly 9:37 p.m., and the room was quiet. The cold and wintery frost bit through my coat as I trudged out the front door, a cardboard box balanced on top of my right shoulder.

Mose The Auctioneer

May 24, 2015 / 0 Comments

I recently decided to play around a bit in auctioneering.

How Well Do You Know Me?

November 27, 2014 / 2 Comments

I belong to a business networking group in Columbia, Missouri. Every Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., fifty members get together and brainstorm on how to grow their careers. On this day it was my turn to conduct the meeting. I share the slideshow that I created for the event. Some

Fantasy Football

August 26, 2014 / 9 Comments

I think it is really cool how many great people I have met through my personal website. I also realize that I would not have met 99% of you had it not been for my roles in some television shows. For many years, I have blogged about the Amish life,