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2019 so far

January 17, 2019 by Donne Karstens (Register to contact)

The only exciting thing so far this year - my water pump broke and a plumber I'm not. Hauled buckets of water for a week - not much fun. Finally got it replaced and all is back to normal.
Published SHORT STORIES TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR JT EVERGREEN in December. It's on Amazon but global distribution won't happen for a few weeks. Nothing planned for the future but that can change very fast when the muses begin talking. Cheers to everyone for a happy and healthy 2019, Ciao

Busy 2018

November 20, 2018 by Donne Karstens (Register to contact)

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Can't believe this year is drawing to a conclusion. Been busy with two projects.
1. Placed my book The Silence of Healing on the internet. 366 entries, one for each day of the year. Click, or copy and paste in your browser, on this URL and it will take you to today's entry.
A short meditation for your busy days.
Just published for the holidays. 23 short stories certain to amuse. The e-book will be available for free on the following days. Nov. 24-25, Dec. 22-23 and Jan. 1, 2019. A freebe for all of your past support.
The paperback is available for purchase:
You can peek in and check out the Table of Content.
Next year? Who knows. One of the joys of being retired and can do as you please. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Ciao, Donne aka J.T.Evergreen


January 21, 2018 by Donne Karstens (Register to contact)

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I wrote about Short Stories for a Summer's Day in the last newsletter. Well, it's published and is available in paperback and Kindle.
I also edited and republished STEPPING STONES TO GOD, a sequel to The Razor's Edge also available in paperback or Kindle.
Both may be viewed at *****.COM.
I've also produced two books by authors who were unable to find a publisher. OMNIBUS by Chris Lawrentz and PARADISE LOST and FOUND by Mark.Stubbs. Both may be viewed on my .com site.
I'm working on MICHELANGELO and DAVID a love story.
I got the idea from the myth Pygmalion. An Italian visitor to Chicago finds a book in Italian, written in 1495 which turns out to be the diary of Michelangelo who carved a life-size image he saw in stone, It comes to life for a short period and then is turned back into stone. Michaelangelo then carves the now famous David. Still doing research and hope to complete the story before year's end.
Have several other projects in the works - never seems to be enough hours in the day.
Ciao, JT
aka Donn Karstens

Looking foward to 2018

December 21, 2017 by Donne Karstens (Register to contact)

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Holiday Short Stories was published six weeks ago just in time for the holidays. It's done very well. I'm working on Short Stories for a Summer's Day. It should be finished in January and published soon thereafter. Here's the text for the back cover for those who may be interested:

With the long lazy days of summer come those moments of repose when all you wish to do is settle down with a good book ... and probably fall asleep before you get to page three. Well, this collection of short stories will enable you to finish a story before your eyelids flutter and sleep engulfs you.

The author has carefully gathered twenty of his short stories into this handy book which can be carried just about anywhere for those brief but all too necessary respites that balance the hustle and bustle of our modern lives.

The author admits that when he writes his stories, he climbs into them and lives and breathes with the characters he has created until they have finished telling their tales. Likewise, he recommends you also climb through the windows within these pages for a brief glance at life from different perspectives, and live with these interesting characters until their tale has been told.

I've acquired a dot com which showcases all of the books published so far. *****.COM

May the coming year bring Peace, Love, and Happiness to each and every one of you. Mele Kalikimaka e Hou'oli Makahikihou from the Big Island of Hawai'i.


June 16, 2017 by Donne Karstens (Register to contact)

Can't believe it's been 60 years since we graduated. And the fact that I'm still here. I always thought 50 was old. I've changed my mind. Had my annual physical last week and I'm going to live - another 20 years according my doctor. I took my mother's advice when I was in my teens. She said, "Son, if you want to make a success out of old age you better start now." Wasn't quite sure what she meant but I never forgot, and she was correct, as usual. In my early 70s I discovered I have a knack for writing. My English teacher would faint dead away if she found out since that subject and me did not mix well. So far I've published 12 books. So, no matter how decrepit I become as the years wear on, I'll always have something to do that I love. The motto I use is: The poetry in writing is the illusion it creates. And all my stories have happy endings. Ciao, J.T. Evergreen, my nom de plume

More new books and updated previous publiscations

May 16, 2017 by Donne Karstens (Register to contact)

I finally finished Shangri la and published it a few months ago.
The Olde Book Shoppe will be edited and revised along with the additional of a few more tales before summer is over with.
Have begun work on Father Frederick Monahan, a Catholic priest who died on the Titanic and decided to stay on this plane and help those in need. The book will contain eight tales of his involvement with those in need.
The Bells of Saint Peter is doing well. A tale of 15 members of the choir group who were detained by mere moments before the weekly rehearsal at St. Peter's Lutheran Church which exploded and was demolished down to its foundation. Father Freddie was involved.
The Silence of Healing, a book I compiled from years of study in metaphysics and mysticism, contains 365 meditational verses and works of art for each day of the year. A bedside must have for those final moments before sleep.
And that's about it for the moment, but there are more stories and books in the planning stages. Just hope I live long enough to accomplish everything. All my books are available on Amazon under my nom de plume, J.T. EVERGREEN.
Ciao, JT

Books I have written.

September 21, 2016 by Donne Karstens (Register to contact)

All the books I have written are for sale on Amazon - just google J.T.Evergreen,author. If you want a free copy - email me and I'll be happy to send you a PDF.

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'Class to the last': Arlington High School's last leader, John Rowe, dies  Chicago Daily Herald

Arlington High School's last principal, John Rowe, died Thursday night at the age of 92 in Bella Vista, Arkansas, where he had retired.

Russell Attis, beloved Arlington High icon, dies at 95  Chicago Daily Herald

Russell Attis, who died at 95 Saturday, retired in 1984 after 34 years of coaching and teaching at Arlington High School.

Alumni of all ages return home to Arlington High School all-class reunion  Chicago Tribune

More than three decades after Arlington High School closed, roughly 800 alumni returned to the Arlington Heights school for an all-class reunion.

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Emotional homecoming for former Arlington High students, staff  Chicago Daily Herald

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Former Falcons return for all-years Forest View High School reunion  Chicago Tribune

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A Classic meet dedication, in honor of Andersen  Chicago Daily Herald

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Longtime contributors Northwest suburbs lost in 2017  Chicago Daily Herald

The Northwest suburbs lost several valuable and long-serving contributors to their respective communities during 2017.

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66 years later, Arlington Heights resident still coaching youth baseball on his namesake field  Chicago Tribune

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High school coaching legend 'Bus' Ormsbee dies  Chicago Daily Herald

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Racquetball group marks 40 years of playing together  Chicago Daily Herald

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Man says he could have been John Wayne Gacy's first victim  Peoria Journal Star

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Services Saturday for Arlington Hts. first female police officer  Chicago Daily Herald

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