It’s 1980 and Saturday night in Miami. I have taken time off from my duties as a magazine correspondent in the hard news capital of the nation for an evening of badly needed rest and recuperation.

Mid-Point Cafe on Route 66

Posted on July 24th, 2011 in Photos

When you’re here, you’re halfway there! Route 66 travelers should keep in mind that a worthwhile stop awaits them at Adrian — a highway on the western end of the Texas Panhandle. There life continues for a handful of highway businesses including the Mid-Point Cafe & Gift Shop, one of the oldest eateries on the Mother Road.

Michael reads from his book “Songdog Diary: 66 Stories from the Road.”

The Sophian

Posted on July 21st, 2011 in Stories

In the Sophian Plaza we find refuge in the treetops with our books, art, and totems.

Big Texan Steak Ranch

Posted on July 17th, 2011 in Photos

All of my many journeys down the linear village of Route 66 take me through a diversity of places ranging from big cities to small farm and ranch towns and, of course, the wide open spaces. Since I was a teenager one of my favorite stopping points along the way is the Big Texan Steak Ranch nestled deep in the heart of the Texas Panhandle on the eastern edge of the high plains city of Amarillo.

Michael reads from his book “Songdog Diary: 66 Stories from the Road.”

The High Road

Posted on July 14th, 2011 in Stories

Like the 18th century poet William Blake I am an aficionado of crooked roads. I find them as irresistible as freshly baked pie. A true son of Route 66, I prefer cruising the twists and turns of America’s Main Street, or any of the nation’s other venerable two-lanes, to coasting those endless slabs of monotony littered with generic culture that pass for today’s interstate highways.

Last Stand Hill

Posted on July 10th, 2011 in Photos

Michael and Suzanne at Last Stand Hill in Wyoming. They are looking southwest. The markers indicate where Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and 41 members of his regiment were killed by victorious Sioux and Cheyenne warriors on June 25, 1876.

Michael reads an excerpt from his book “Way Down Yonder in the Indian Nation: Writings from America’s Heartland” about the “real” Oklahoma.

T. “Yellowstone” Moran

Posted on July 7th, 2011 in Stories

From the very beginning, the American West has captured people’s imagination.

Michael and Suzanne, 1968

Posted on July 3rd, 2011 in Photos

The first time I ever saw Suzanne was when I walked into that classroom at the University of Missouri — a raw and ready guy straight out of the Marines. I was struck by those Irish-Danish looks. Her smile and hair and eyes knocked my socks off.

Michael reads an excerpt from his new book “The Wild West: 365 Days.”

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