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After a 21 year career in the U.S. Navy, Richard returned home to his native state of New Jersey.  He followed his passion for the open waters and started a second career in the marine parts business.

However, the dense population of New Jersey and its high cost of living compelled Richard and his wife, Cheryl, to find a more peaceful and friendly environment for his second retirement. The couple now happily reside in Spink County, South Dakota. 

Richard's love for South Dakota and his appreciation for its people are brought to life in his third career as the author of his eight books centered on the fictional town of Helen, South Dakota. 

Featured at the South Dakota State Fair and in prestigious publications, Richard tells the story of Rural America, then and now. All Richard’s stories are easy reading with happy endings.


Over the years I have been blogging and writing articles for local publications. I wanted to do more. I wanted to write about where I live now from the perspective of someone like me, an outsider.
Allow me to introduce to you the town of Helen, South Dakota. The place is purely fictional. It is a creation of my mind. that I use to show what middle America is and why people are attracted to a less chaotic lifestyle.
I hope you enjoy reading the Flyover County series as much as I enjoy writing it.. I hope you get a laugh or two from my outside perspective while I tell the story of Helen, SD.

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