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The Birch Clump Village Reader Series

    A listing of stories and poems found in the BCV Reader Series with a brief description.
*Emerald Rising: Birch Clump Village Reader 1
*Frith: Birch Clump Village Reader 2
*Peanut Butter and Pickle Pie: Birch Clump Village Reader 3

What brought about the
Birch Clump Village series?

      My illustrator was the main influence. I felt the story of Hawk Dancer was complete with the second novel, Cloudburst. She wanted to know more about some of the characters. What about Flo's life before she married? What became of the youthful Baby Boomers after they grew up? 
    I felt the novels were complete, but perhaps a series of short stories could be produced. Maybe in a few short volumes as I further develop the characters and stories.
    I also had several poems and short stories that were not directly related to the Hawk Dancer and Cloudburst novels, or to Birch Clump village. A Village Reader was the perfect solution.

   The morning sky lightens a bit, with Grandmother Earth’s gray cloak thinning away, a great pulsating, green emerald forms where sky and water meet . . . then, with frightening speed, the sun pops out of the massive water. In a split second, the magnificent jewel flashes orange-red, and then yellow before assuming her daytime color.
EMERALD RISING: BCVR 1
    Thirteen short stories beginning with a concise history of the Village of Birch Clump. The title story, Emerald Rising is about the escape of two teens from an American Indian Boarding School in the late nineteenth century.
    The Cure is a moving story of a terminally ill six year old boy set a few days before Christmas, 1957. The Cure was since expanded into the companion novels: Hawk Dancer and Cloudburst.
    Rambler is a whimsical tale of a winter road trip gone haywire.
    Erik Shoots the Train: Young teens test their skills and to photograph a moving train. Their lack of experience proves treacherous.
    Car Keys: A defiant fourteen year old goes joy riding.
   Fugitive is one my my darker character developments. Almost poetic, and a bit in line with Edward Allen Poe.
    Grocer: The lone Jew owns a small grocery at the outset of the Great Depression. Stillness is set in winter's silence.
    Fishing Hole: (Part 1 of 3) - Amos is up river at a secluded fishing hole. The daydream of his girlfriend is shattered by metallic click and the order to freeze, not to turn around. He's left bound and gagged deep in the forest by the thieves. (BCVR #3 and #4 contain parts 2 and 3 of Fishing Hole)
Frith: BCVR 2
Poems comprise the first section, followed by short stories. The bulk of these were written prior to the novels. There are eight poems. Winter’s Veil is dedicated to my God children from Vietnam. Window Pane is steamed, looking out at the snowy wonder. Fritha, the book title poem is for my sister. Snakes in the Outhouse is loosely based on a real incident. A variant of the same poem appears in Hawk Dancer novel. The Mirror and Waabanong Run address indigenous American issues.
    There are eleven short stories. Five are dubbed Jason Stories, after the main character. They reflect his bumbling teen years.
     Tea is a very short story of Jason spending summer vacation with his Grand and Great Grandmothers. Whimsical, he knows how to cover for the older ladies minor indiscretions.
     Growing Pains: Jason and Linda begin dating as high school freshmen. A fight with Gary in her honor seals their relationship. He's her knight in faded tight blue jeans. Summer Letters nearly breaks the relationship.
     The Farm is a true story from my Grandfather.
   Like a Dog is a humorous work place drama-comedy of mostly has-been government office workers.
   Amos Little Bee gives some history of the same Amos in BCVR 1's cliff hanger: Fishing Hole, part one. It centers on a bit of comedy surrounding his birth.
Conflict Resolution, teen fight, tight jeans, baby boomers
Peanut Butter and Pickle Pie: BCVR 3
Inventing Peanut Butter and Pickle Pie:
     Dean (Thompson) Phelan left the Friars of the Congregation of St. James in (1976). He married a few years later. Sgt. T. Douglas interviews Dean as to how he left the Friary and how he came up with the recipe. 
     Art Memorial to Elaine BrowneFour pieces of art by the author’s Aunt are reproduced. The poem is written in a manner that does not clearly denote if the words are attributed to his Aunt or his Uncle to the other.
     Letter of Rejection: Schools, Churches, seminaries and houses of religious ministry formation speak of cultural diversity and of inculturation. They have difficulty putting their words in practice. The letter in this story is based on actual events.
     A Goose in Deer Season: Erik Fern packs it in during deer season. He caught a goose and a deer via some unusual means.
     Bible and Brawn: Eino is a tract carrying Bible Thumper. He is holier than thou art. Elroy thinks it might be time to thump the thumper of the Good Book.
     Fishing Hole, part 2:Amos' empty kayak is found.

skin tight jeans, short stories
"Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end."

     Skin tight jeans were favored by a number of teen age baby boomers. Erik took considerable effort to wear his as tight as he possible could.
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