A retired itinerant construction guy and life-long "social observer" mines his 40 years of Daily Journals and his "Memory of Shadows" telling tales of People of the Ice in Arctic oilfields and of Children of the Ice at his childhood Minnesota skating rink. He takes you along to examine the hidden social and cultural impacts of the American small town cafés and coffee shops. Macho teenagers and the perils of their dad's hot cars. And somewhere in there he manages to work his way through college. Wellner just watches. And then writes it down.
Michael Wellner author of the regionally popular Echoes from the Heartland &ndash Essays Folklore and Other True Stories (2015) considers himself on of few writers in possession of a college degree in Political Science and a Master Plumber's License. The first was fun the second was a living. He followed the "pipe trades" throughout North America and the construction life served him well. Then one day he woke up and said "Enough." Vagabond days over now time to write about it. He moved back home and declared himself a writer. A Social Observer. A tiny Minnesota prairie town has now for twenty years been his home where he lives and writes and reads. He published a book and by jove people bought it. Thought he might do it again. He writes every day without fail and a few of his stories found their way into this book. His second.