Summer 2016: In Retrospect

Labor Day 2016


Took my boys to get their back-to-school haircuts yesterday…but I didn’t realize our barbershop was doing what they should be doing: Observing Labor Day by being closed.

Before you head out to your holiday (and end-of-the summer) BBQ’s check these posts out:

Time is running out for the contest. Because, once Labor Day runs out, the contest, like summer, will be over.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016




Eye Candy: Summer Reading List – The Finale


So, this is how my Summer Reading List ends.

The Rest:

  • The Beast Time Forgot – Jim Harrison
  • Cannibals: Stories From The Edge Of The Pine Barrens – Jen Conley
  • Man From B.A.R. (short story) – Richard Ford
  • Golden Land (short story) – William Faulkner
  • They Only Hang You Once (short story) – Dashielle Hammett
  • A Man Called Spade (short story) – Dashielle Hammett
  • Westward Ho – Jim Harrison
  • The Bear – William Faulkner
  • Off To The Side (A Memoir) – Jim Harrison
  • Alvin’s Secret Code – Clifford Hicks
  • Cimarron Rose – James Lee Burke
  • Something on the American Civil War (vacation house read)

I read what I wanted to, didn’t get to some (yet), stopped reading a couple that I started and just couldn’t get into.

I realize, too, I really like the novella. Very underrated.

And it was fun to read Alvin’s Secret Code, one of my favorite books as a kid around 4th Grade. I bought it for Olivia to read on vacation. I don’t think she digs it unfortunately. I highly recommend it for if you know a kid in that age bracket. It’s a little dated, what with all the gizmos out there now, but still fun. Also fun to re-read this Hardy Boys book now.

These three are a still in progress. In a couple days, summer ends, and so does this reading list. Already compiling for the fall, of which I have a few in the hopper.

How about you – what did you read this summer that you liked? Put it in the list below.

(Speaking of reading, THIS contest is still going on. Get in on it.)

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016


Friday Noir: Tell No One

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Did you tell anyone?

No…who am I going to tell?

I went out walking the other day
Seen a little girl crying along the way

I’m just asking.

You have more to lose here than me. But no, I didn’t tell anyone.

She’d been hurt so bad said she’d never love again

Where did you park?

Around, on the other side. Like we said.


Some day your crying girl will end
And you’ll find once again
Two hearts are better than on.

We can’t keep doing this.

Why not?


Sometimes it might seem like it was planned
For you to roam empty hearted through this land.

It’s up to you. End it if you want.

Don’t put that pressure on me.

No pressure. You have more to lose than I do.

Though the world turns you hard and cold
There’s one thing  that I know.

But don’t you love me.

Is that what this is about?


That’s if you think your heart is stone
And that you’re rough enough to whip this world alone

Tell no one.


Alone there ain’t no peace of mind
That’s why I’ll keep searching ’til I find my special one

Text in Italics: Bruce Springsteen, Two Hearts.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016