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Delaware Today is blessed to have a few really fine writers who make regular contributions. So I can think of no better way to boast about them than to recommend a few of their works for your summer reading lists. Without further ado…

The ability to write humor is a rare thing, indeed, so I am ever in debt to funny man Reid Champagne for sending us off with a chuckle every month. If you’re a fan, or a golfer, you will most definitely want to check out his essay “The Six Stages of Golf Grief” in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Golf Book,” which hit bookstores in April. It’s as funny as anything Reid has ever written.

Bob Yearick is not only a top-notch reporter and editor, he’s also a fine writer of fiction. His “Sawyer” explores what happens when a pro football player runs up against corruption in sports, family issues and a lady reporter who turns out to be something more. Summer does mean the start of football season, so the time to read couldn’t be better. Find “Sawyer” at amazon.com or bayoakpublishers.com.

Delawaretoday.com blogger and glam girl JoJami Tyler knows her way around fashion and style. Brides-to-be and their mothers may want to take a look at her recent “Tweak Your Chic: Mother of the Bride,” which contains, in words and full-color photography, everything a mother needs to look perfect on her daughter’s wedding day. Find it at fabulousafter40.com.

I, for one, have been intrigued by the title, “Immaculate Deception,” for far too long. Now the suspense is about to end—or is it just beginning?—as Dickinson High alum Scott Pruden prepares to deliver his first full-length novel. What’s it all about? There are too many quirky details to explain, so I’m forced to plagiarize Scott’s Facebook page:

“Jon Templeton has three days to save the universe, reunite with his wife and return from the dead. It’s going to be a busy weekend.” Somehow that involves Rastafarian surfers, sex cults and defense contractors. What could be a better beach read? For more, see www.myspace.com/scottpruden.

My thanks to Scott, JoJami, Bob, Reid and all the DT family of writers for making the mag look good month after month. Enjoy.
 

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  • Leave it to Dina to win a bottle of wine on her first ring toss during Meals from the Masters at the Chase Center. No less an authority than chef Dan Butler estimated its value at $175. Given my ignorance of wine, I’ll assume a joke there. Congratulations to Meals on Wheels for organizing another stellar event.
     
  • The weather could not have been more beautiful for the Delaware HIV Consortium’s Paint the Town Red, its fifth annual WOW awards celebration, at the Clarion Belle hotel. Congratulations to all the honorees, especially Sister Dolores Macklin, who recognized the need for HIV-AIDS ministry in the early days and has worked tirelessly since. Despite the many remarkable advances made in HIV treatment and care, those of us who grew up when the identification of AIDS first shocked us owe it to the world to make sure young people understand the threat. So here’s the plug: Don’t forget the AIDS Walks September 27 and October 4.
     
  • It was a blast to catch up with former fellow Boy Scout Ray Krett of Mid-Atlantic Spine during the Better Business Bureau’s annual dinner at the Hotel du Pont. In New Castle, many a scout graduated from Troop 72 to junior members of Goodwill Fire Co. I’m glad to know a few of the St. Peter’s crew are still keeping the family home safe. A special congratulations to our friends at i.g. Burton for receiving the bureau’s Rush Award.
     
  • It’s always a pleasure to chat with Dover Downs manager George Fiorile, as we did at the Courtyard Marriott in Newark. We were among a group of hospitality industry professionals and academics invited to lunch with Vincenzo Di Martino and Andrea Bianchi, managers of the Grand Hotel Palatino in Rome and the Grand Hotel Mediteranneo in Florence, Italy, respectively. The Italians were as cordial and as stylish as you’d expect. Everyone traded industry info and marketing ideas over wine and crab cakes, and I must say, the crab cakes at the Courtyard are among the best I’ve ever had—as are those at Dover Downs. I’d recommend a visit to either.

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