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October 1, 2017

Read the entire first chapter of When Normal Blew Up: The Story of the People Who Died and the People Who Lived On by Joni Foster. 

Nine

I was nine when it happened.  Where did time go? Fifty years later and I am still haunted by this event, the illogical tragedy that occurred in the little town of...

May 27, 2017

Write a review of When Normal Blew Up on Amazon or Goodreads.  Help me get to 50 reviews by June. Thank you.

May 27, 2017

If you made it to the end of the book, this picture might mean something to you. I'm the one sitting on the step, half way up, staring out, thinking... Where are you?

Numbered lithograph by Keith Curry, who died too young from AIDS in 1989, Austin, TX.

When Normal Blew Up: The Story of the People Who Die...

May 25, 2017

One of the important next steps for an author is to have their book reviewed by industry experts.  I am pleased to let you know that I have my first such review from a friend, of course, but one with great credentials.

Harold O. Wilson is the author of The Night Blooming Cereus and Other Stories, A Tast...

April 27, 2017

Today, for the first time on-line, you can peek inside this book and read the entire first chapter of When Normal Blew Up: The Story of the People Who Died and the People Who Lived On

Nine

I was nine when it happened.  Where did time go? Fifty years later and I am still haunted by this event, the...

April 17, 2017

The Circleville Herald and the Columbus Dispatch published front page stories on Saturday, April 15, 2017 remembering the event that shattered too many lives 50 years ago in Circleville, Ohio.  The Herald had multiple articles and graphics cascading over four pages.  Too big to abbreviate, you can read...

April 15, 2017

Ted Foster, Charlie Schieber, Martha Lagore, Francis Willison. Each were beloved, decent, hardworking, fun-loving family members. They are gone, but not forgotten.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of an event that has shaped my life and many others so profoundly.

While the Bingman’s bombing in 1967 seeme...

April 6, 2017

Book clubs around the country are starting to read and discuss this book. It makes sense.  There are many themes and subthemes in this book that would make conversations very rich.  I have developed Discussion Questions to guide these conversations, written for a Circleville audience, yet useful to fol...

March 26, 2017

Conversation between Jim Willison and Joni Foster about who might want to read this book:

Jim Willison: What about marketing?  What will you do there?  It could be six of us who buy it or it could be six million, because this happened at a time when this stuff doesn’t happen.  There’s a whole new genera...

March 26, 2017

If you live in Ohio, you can also purchase this book at the Pickaway County Historical and Genealogical Library at 210 North Court Street, downtown Circleville.  The proceeds will support the library to continue their mission of preserving the records of our ancestors while helping those seeking inform...