I’ve Been Busy!

     There have been no new posts for a while on my blog, because I’ve been working on two books, which I have just finished editing and submitting for publication.

     The first is an anthology of my essays, poems, one-act plays, and other writing, called Hodgepodge, a Feast for Mind and Spirit. The book is oversized and is 182 pages. It represents what friends have chosen as the best pieces from my blog over the past year and a half. The book is in paperback and Kindle.

 Paperback link:


Look in the “Book” section at Amazon.com under the title.

Hodgepodge cover

The Kindle link:


The other book is Mum’s the Word: Secrets of a Family, also available in paperback and Kindle. The book is about a family trying to keep secret the patriarch’s raging alcoholism. Though the theme is serious, the book is filled with humor and entertaining vignettes based upon the family’s efforts to hide the father’s shenanigans as best they can.

Paperback link:


Kindle link:


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I’m especially happy with Mum’s the Word, because I think it’s entertaining but also cathartic for anyone who has experienced alcoholism in his or her home with a father, mother, brother, sister, or child, who has the terrible affliction.


About John

About John John Bolinger was born and raised in Northwest Indiana, where he attended Ball State University and Purdue University, receiving his BS and MA from those schools. Then he taught English and French for thirty-five years at Morton High School in Hammond, Indiana before moving to Colorado, where he resided for ten years before moving to Florida. Besides COME SEPTEMBER, Journey of a High School Teacher, John's other books are ALL MY LAZY RIVERS, an Indiana Childhood, and COME ON, FLUFFY, THIS AIN'T NO BALLET, a Novel on Coming of Age, all available on Amazon.com as paperbacks and Kindle books. Alternately funny and touching, COME SEPTEMBER, conveys the story of every high school teacher’s struggle to enlighten both himself and his pupils, encountering along the way, battles with colleagues, administrators, and parents through a parade of characters that include a freshman boy for whom the faculty code name is “Spawn of Satan,” to a senior girl whose water breaks during a pop-quiz over THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Through social change and the relentless march of technology, the human element remains constant in the book’s personal, entertaining, and sympathetic portraits of faculty, students, parents, and others. The audience for this book will certainly include school teachers everywhere, teenagers, parents of teens, as well as anyone who appreciates that blend of humor and pathos with which the world of public education is drenched. The drive of the story is the narrator's struggle to become the best teacher he can be. The book is filled with advice for young teachers based upon experience of the writer, advice that will never be found in college methods classes. Another of John's recent books is Mum's the Word: Secrets of a Family. It is the story of his alcoholic father and the family's efforts to deal with or hide the fact. Though a serious treatment of the horrors of alcoholism, the book also entertains in its descriptions of the father during his best times and the humor of the family's attempts to create a façade for the outside world. All John's books are available as paperbacks and Kindle readers on Amazon, and also as paperbacks at Barnes & Noble. John's sixth book is, Growing Old in America: Notes from a Codger was released on June 15, 2014. John’s most recent book is a novel titled Resisting Gravity, A Ghost Story, published the summer of 2018 View all posts by John →
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