Goodbye to 2016

This past year has had more than its share of downs, but some good things happened as well. As I always do, I’m sharing the Merkels’ annual Christmas letter. Let’s pray for a good year next year. Christmas Greetings, 2016. This year, Jim came out with a book. That’s not new. He’s always coming outContinue reading “Goodbye to 2016”


On the Air at St. Louis On the Air

An after-Christmas treat is ahead. Half way through the noon hour on Thursday, Dec. 29, I’ll talk about The Colorful Characters of St. Louis on St. Louis on the Air on St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7 KWMU. Don Marsh of St. Louis on the Air and Charlie Brennan of KMOX are by far the bestContinue reading “On the Air at St. Louis On the Air”

Donnybrook Gives a Thumbs Up

The fine folks at Donnybrook, the superb current events round table discussion on local public TV  Channel 9, had some nice things to say about The Colorful Characters of St. Louis in their program last Thursday, Dec. 15.  I was out giving a speech that night and didn’t know about it until a couple ofContinue reading “Donnybrook Gives a Thumbs Up”

Some visitors to my home

It’s always interesting what will come of my books. On Friday, a crew making a documentary about the area’s black-white divide and a North Side minister who’s taken a stand against the killing in his area visited me to get my thought about those topics. The minister in question – the Rev. Kenneth McKoy –Continue reading “Some visitors to my home”