One day in August of 1991, I was uptown and saw the local taekwondo club had a special offer of two weeks' free classes. I'd always been interested in martial arts, so I thought this sounded like a good deal and started classes.
I'd been in Oskaloosa less than a year and soon after starting my job at the radio station I joined the local community theatre group. I had been acting in plays since…Continue
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From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of Murder at the Pencil Factory and The Sex Slave Murders, comes a powerful new historical true crime short, in eBook and audio: Murder of the Banker’s Daughter: The Killing of Marion Parker.
On December 15, 1927, twelve year old Marion Parker, daughter of a…Continue
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From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of Murder of the Banker’s Daughter and Murder at the Pencil Factory comes a powerful new historical true crime short, The “Gold Special” Train Robbery: Deadly Crimes of the D’Autremont Brothers.
On Thursday night October 11, 1923, the Southern Pacific Railroad…
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I really enjoy the forms of the American Taekwondo Association. The white belt form has 18 moves and you work yourself up to 81 moves for the first degree black belt form. White belt starts with some very basic moves, punch, front and side kicks, low, high, and middle blocks, and a knifehand strike (karate chop). Each form thereafter introduces a new move or combination move with some extra turns, and so…Continue
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My first bike was a 5-speed Schwinn. The gear shift was in the middle with a big black knob on the end. Banana-type seat. Later, I had a ten speed which I outgrew. In Oskaloosa, I had, for a short time, a three speed several decades old, complete with a headlight. Unfortunately, I kept it in the laundry room and someone stole it. Now I have a ten speed that is just a bit small for me, but it…Continue
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I've just had a story published in "Hardboiled." Unfortunately it is their last issue after almost 25 years of publication.
Some great stories by some great writers, many of whom went on to be very successful authors. Gary Lovisi did an outstanding job as editor/publisher through the years.
The magazine will be missed!
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I went out for track in both junior high and high school. I never placed in any of my races. I went out for basketball as a junior in high school but the first warm up made my legs hurt for three days.
I'm not a fast runner but I've built up the endurance through taekwondo and through persistence.
I break down my running exercises into two categories. Intervals and…Continue
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