TOMORROW, I SAY GOODBYE TO FAMILY, BEAUTRIFUL CONNECTICUT AND MY NEW YORK CITY PAD TO VISIT TROPICAL RABAUL FOR SITE VISIT FOR MY FORTHCOMING NOVEL.

Hi all, A family birthday party at Chester Village and a walk in our woods.

First photos with my new Samsung phone,

I bought the phone for my coming adventure in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea to climb the volcanoes my fictional characters climbed in 1941. And to check out other relevant sites of scenes in Bombs Over the Bukubuk Tree: A Novel of World War II. The photos below are courtesy of Mary Adam, from her visit in 1977.  Others of her photos will be the background of my book cover. The two boys here are standing on debris of wrecked Japanese landing craft, a landing evoked in my tale.

WISH ME LUCK. When I went to the travel medicine specialist doctor for my myriad of shots and pills, he exclaimed, “All my patients are in their 20s and 30s. I’ve never had one your age.” !!! Hmmm.

I WILL BE ALL OF NOVEMBER IN MELBOURNE¬† AUSTRALIA, INVITED TO ATTEND THE UNVEILING OF A RESTORED WAR MEMORIAL TO AUSTRALIAN MEDICOS FALLEN IN AUSTRALIA’S WARS. MY PROTAGONIST IN THE NOVEL IS FICTIONALIZED FROM A DOCTOR RELATIVE SwEPT UP IN THE JAPANESE INVASION OF RABAUL.¬† AND DECEMBER IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA