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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.

KAL-A-MA-ZOO!!!!

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JULY FADE-OUT

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STANDING BY

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THE WRITES OF MARRIAGE

Life with Charley:The Writing Life with the Writing Wifeby Charles McKelvy So, I left you wondering last time if:A. I would win the heart of the fair Natalie DeViney, andB. If she would land me a job at Crain Communications, … Continue reading

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ON THE SOUTH SHORE OF CHICAGO

I returned Sunday to the Chicago neighborhood of my early childhood: South Shore. Specifically, I checked in at the South Shore Cultural Center for a brief trip to the “necessary room.” It was ready and waiting, and, after a wee … Continue reading

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A MATCH MADE IN THE NEWSROOM

Life with Charley:The Write Womanby Charles McKelvy I left you in the lurch last time, didn’t I?Yes, I was about to meet the love of my life, the fair Natalie DeViney, in the editorial offices of Crain Communications, in Chicago, … Continue reading

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CERMAK AND WENTWORTH

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RETURN OF THE NATIVE

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BACK TO THE BEGINNING

(Chicago, IL) As Joe Rochetto and I were cruising north on South Shore Drive on Saturday afternoon, I mentioned that we were directly east of the apartment building in which I spent the first six years of my life. Joe … Continue reading

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RARE SIGHTING

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A GREAT RIDE ON THE GREAT NORTHERN

Travels with Charley:Travel by Great Northern Railwayby Charles McKelvy “Looks like we’ll travel by train.”Those were the memorable words of my scoutmaster for the Boy Scout World Jamboree 1967 at Farragut State Park on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille … Continue reading

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A BUCK FOR A GOOD MOWER

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OUT TO SEA

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LIFE WITH CHARLEY, cont.

The Writing Life, part threeby Charles McKelvy And so they sent me forth from Illinois State University in 1972 with a B.S. in English-Journalism.Just in time for the war in Vietnam, right?Right, and I did write a novel titled Holy … Continue reading

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COMING ATTRACTION

With the explosive 4th of July holiday weekend being deposited into the memory bank, my thoughts naturally turn to winter. Labor Day is but nine weekends away, and then the gales of November will come early and soon the big … Continue reading

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SKY FLOWERS

The Baroda Fireworks never disappoint, and they were right on point last night with a 4th of July Eve spectacle. A spectacle to end all spectacles. And we who are blessed to live in Berrien County, Michigan were thrilled to … Continue reading

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GOOD, ORDERLY DIRECTION

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A PLAINWELL PROMENADE

We joined our dear friend Mary Lober for lunch at her house in Otsego, Michigan on Wednesday. And for clarinet lessons with her grand-niece Alie. Alie, by the way, is making amazing progress and will do well when she plays … Continue reading

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BIRDSONG

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RIDERS ON THE STORM

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CHRISTMAS IN JUNE

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HOME SWEET HOME, CHICAGO

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THE WRITING LIFE.2

Life with Charley:The Writing Life, part two by Charles McKelvy So, we left my writing life last time at the formative stage.That would have been in 1969, when I became a published writer in my Chicago neighborhood’s weekly newspaper, The … Continue reading

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THE WRITING LIFE, part one

Life with Charley:The Writing Life, part oneby Charles McKelvy To paraphrase Eric Idle in the 1983 film classic, “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life,” “And so I became a writer.”Eric Idle, so you know, was speaking of becoming a waiter. … Continue reading

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SUN-DAPPLED DUNES

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TOP O’ THE MORNIN’

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DAY OF THE DONUT

So, there we were—Mark Barrett and Yours Truly—heading west on Dunes Highway in Burns Harbor, Indiana, when what should appear before us but a gray squirrel. We were on our way to the Monastery of the Holy Cross for Sunday … Continue reading

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YOU CAN GO BACK!

Who says you can’t go back? I, for one, plan on going back to the neighborhood of my early childhood, South Shore, this very day. I passed through the eponymous Chicago neighborhood two weeks ago on the way to the … Continue reading

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LOOK! NO GLASSES!!!

I had my final check-up at Great Lakes Eye Care last week and was told in no uncertain terms that I do not need glasses. Not for reading, not for nuthin’. Well, except non-prescription sunglasses. We all should wear those, … Continue reading

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SHOPPING TRIP

We needed some more vegan kimchi, and friends wanted 15 pounds of brown rice, so we headed out to Berrien Springs, Mich. Thursday afternoon for a bit of shopping at the Oriental Supermarket. We enjoyed the drives there and back, … Continue reading

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