A collection of these newspaper columns will soon be offered in a book. Paperback copies, as well as a Kindle e-book, will be available through Amazon.com.
If you’ve enjoyed these columns during the past 20 years—even if you’ve forgotten most of them by now--you might be interested in obtaining a book version. If you’ve never read the columns and are interested in catching up, you might be interested. Whatever the reason, the collection will soon be available.
The title of the new book is “Lines from Lowe.” Here’s the introduction from the book. . .
The “Lowe Lines” included in this collection are about a tenth of those columns published in The Glasgow Daily Times since 2000. The first hundred or so were published in an earlier book, and a collection of the columns concerning grandchildren will likely be available later this year.
In the Fall of 1967, I entered college as a journalism major. There I encountered several teachers who inspired me. For classroom assignments, we were sometimes encouraged to write “think pieces.” The importance of obtaining necessary background before mixing personal opinions into the subject was always stressed by the instructors. For my first efforts, I tackled extraordinary subjects in attempts to produce thought-provoking copy.
Through the years I’ve pursued my own version of writing “think pieces.” Now at 70, I’ve obtained lots of background—most of which is of the rather ordinary variety. So that’s what I’m apt to write about these days.
Many of these columns are “think pieces” that celebrate ordinary experiences of life. Writing the weekly column has made me evaluate and appreciate that which might otherwise be overlooked. Perhaps the reports have encouraged readers to do the same.
For a while during my 20s, I was ambitious to become a novelist. I read great literature and studied the lives of the great writers and often discovered heaps of conflicts and tragedies. During this time I was newly married, attending college, and working at the Glasgow newspaper. I was happily in love. About the only frustration I had back then was my inability to write a novel. Although I started a few, they always turned out to be short stories.
My wife said I’d never complete a novel because I couldn’t commit to a project that large. She further suggested that my life was too pleasant to produce the background for a subject with a big conflict. She said, “You have interesting thoughts. Readers like your short articles. Write those.”
She was probably right. That’s what I’ve been doing, and the feedback’s been encouraging. I’ve continued to live happily ever after.
Our granddaughter Grace (you’ll remember her from the Dedication Page if you stopped there before coming here) read these selections while organizing this book. She said I used the word “love” 41 times, “family” 66 times, “wife” 120 times, and for what it’s worth “butterbeans” 6 times. So, that’s what you can expect from these pages. If you want heartache, you’ll have to choose something else.