More Praise for Walking South City

This sculpture of an Italian immigrant family is in front of St. Ambrose Catholic Church on the Hill. Recently, I posted some testimonials about Walking South City: A Journey Through Historic St. Louis Neighborhoods from area leaders. Here are some more. This is a book that will interest anyone who is curious about the richContinue reading “More Praise for Walking South City”

What They’re Saying About Walking South City

We asked some locals to tell us what they think about portions of “Walking South City. ” Wow. Here’s what three said. Reading Merkel’s travel log, you get a real sense of not only what this world is like now but how it once was.  I have read many of Merkel’s books and this isContinue reading “What They’re Saying About Walking South City”

Don’t Use a GPS for this One

One notable South Side thoroughfare is Itaska Street. The city named it for the lake in Minnesota that is the true source of the Mississippi River. A handy tip: don’t try to find an address on “Itaska Street” by saying it into a phone with a GPS app. That’s because the lake in Minnesota isContinue reading “Don’t Use a GPS for this One”

A new book about oddball South St. Louis

I’m thrilled to announce Reedy Press soon will release a new book by me, possibly later this year. In Scenes From South City, I’ll give a somewhat crackpot look at what I saw in about 50 miles of walks through the South Side. In seventeen chapters of about three miles each, all traipsed in 2021,Continue reading “A new book about oddball South St. Louis”

My Facebook Group About St. Louis Kids

Right before Growing Up St. Louis came out at the beginning of April of 2020, my publisher suggested I ought to do a Facebook group to match it. Okay, I groaned to myself, thinking that was one more thing to do as I sold the book. Amazingly, the group called Growing Up St. Louis –Continue reading “My Facebook Group About St. Louis Kids”