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'Adventures in the Arcane' gets some ink
Adventures in the Arcane A Syndicate Publication $5.99 in print $1.99 on Kindle Available from   This new anthology of four tales and three essays reignites the fire of old-fashioned weird pulp adventure. It was featured today in The News Herald'...

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Flashback Father's Day: The Drama of Life
(This article originally was published by The News Herald in Panama City on Father's Day, June 18, 2006.) The drama of life By David Angier Most parents cringe at the drama their teenagers bring into their lives, but Tony Simmons applauds it. Even when his ...

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Zen and the art of karaoke survival
Folks dancing at the party. PANAMA
CITY BEACH — I must have spent a good 15 minutes searching Google just now, and couldn’t
discover the average age of first-time karaoke use. I just experienced my first time. I’m nearly 52. I
wish I could tell you it was...

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Books Alive 2016 Photo Blog
Books Alive returned last weekend, expanded to three days and moved to venues in downtown Panama City. Here are some of the moments I managed to record: Ginger Littleton, me, and Cheri Leistner (Books Alive committee members) Local authors area at the Civic...

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Flashback Friday: Doc Savage and 'The River Extraction'
(Originally published Sunday, May 6, 2001, in The News Herald) Cover Art by James Bama As a youngster, one of my greatest literary heroes was Clark Savage Jr., better known as "Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze." A millionaire, surgeon and inventor, Doc travele...

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Flashback Friday: Digressions in infinite complications
(The following was first published in The News Herald on Sunday, April 29, 2001.) She needed a spoon for her cereal, but none were clean, so she washed all of the dishes, wiped down the counter tops, swept the floor, mopped, noticed dirt on the baseboards a...

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‘Be Ye Also Perfect’
'Be Ye Also Perfect' by Robert O. Hodgell (From the painting by Robert O. Hodgell) By Tony Simmons In the end, naked as the stars and black as the night, the girl knelt before the old woman and waited. The wise woman, holder of the village history, clutched...

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Flashback Friday: 'Trek' defense doesn'twork, no Bones about it
(Originally published in The News Herald on Thursday, March 8, 2001, as a "Bay Book" entry; a collection of snippets about the happenings, happenstance and personal experience that lend Bay and nearby counties their special character.) Dr. "Bones" McCoy, wh...

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Ceramics show a precursor to weekend of sculpture
Figure by Magda Gluszek PANAMA CITY — The new art exhibit at Gulf Coast
State College, “Raconteurs,” is a collection that bridges the visual and verbal
worlds. Viewers are challenged to witness how narrative impacts the creation of
physical objects. The exh...

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A view of home after the storm
CENTURY — We parked on Church Street and walked,
viewing up close the recovery effort as locals repaired or salvaged what they
could after an EF-3 tornado skipped through the town two weeks ago. The buzz of distant chainsaws carving fallen trees
carried on ...
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