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You’re (still) looking well

Having recently enjoyed meeting several people that I hadn’t seen for years, I was again struck by how often they said “you’re looking well”.

I wrote about this 5 years ago: “That is nice of course, but it carries an undertone of surprise, and the suggestion that perhaps you should not be well, or still around at all. I am indeed fortunate to be well, having so far dodged the many bullets that get fired as the years progress, and which have wounded or felled some of my friends and contemporaries”.

Please keep saying it!

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Being somewhat IT challenged I have relied on others to help me with this web site. I did not realize until recently that my posts have been winging their way to a LOT of people. Like me I expect that you get far more emails than you want or can can handle. You will noteContinue Reading

Signing books in China

I was invited to China to attend the 30th anniversary of the Chinese Society of Digestive Endoscopy and to launch the Chinese version of my memoirs “The tunnel at the end of the light”. This had been arranged by Professor Zhaoshen Li, at the second military Medical college in Shanghai. The meeting was in Nanchang,Continue Reading

Fred is going to a reptile show!

We are going to the large Repticon show in Columbia at the weekend. Fred is looking forward to meeting many new friends, and introducing them to his books. (Marion is not too sure about it)

Dewees island annual sand art festival

Fun on the beach. The Fletcher/Bowden family again gained best in show (actually in a tie with the Savages) with a great depiction (and rendition) of “itsy bitsy spider”, which did indeed get washed away, by the incoming tide

July 4th on Dewees island

Celebrating with a decorated cart parade and welcome ice cream

Reading at The very Little Bookstore in Summerville

Fred and I had fun reading to a young audience on my birthday!   

Jungle Jim getting his friends ready to travel

This is a line drawing for the 3rd Fred book “When Jungle Jim and Friends come to visit Fred the Snake”. Why not help by printing it out, coloring it and sending it to me on Facebook?

Fred 3 is in the works.

Bonnie is working her magic on the illustrations for the 3rd Fred Snake book “When Jungle Jim comes to visit Fred the Snake”. I asked her to send me one outline in draft which can be used as a coloring challenge. Why not try and send the results to This illustration goes with “ThenContinue Reading

The second book about Fred the Snake is published

“When Fred the Snake goes to School” is now available. I am expecting copies to arrive very soon, and will be sending them to family and special friends, and also making a marketing push in various ways.