This hilarious book invites you to sit down and share dinner with the Morans, a family of ten children, and after dinner to share in the family’s pranks and crises. You will walk the streets of Carmel, Indiana, a quiet, small town, visit its shops, and meet its neighborly people. Along the way, you will learn what it was like growing up in a large family in a small town during the 1950s and 1960s. Whimsical and, at times, knee-slapping tales guide you through childhood, teen years, early adulthood, and beyond. You get a peek at family dynamics and the struggles of an insecure boy’s first encounters with romance. You also learn what it was like to be a journalist, a government economist, a parent, and a golf fanatic. The stories are warm, touching, and always funny. The people you meet, mostly based on the author’s siblings, are friendly and fun-loving. The situations, based on real events and family lore, will keep you laughing. The author helps you see life through humor’s prism.
Larry Moran was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Carmel, Indiana. He was a newspaper reporter in the state for nine years, covering everything from sports to presidential politics. In 1971, he moved to the Washington, DC, area, where, for thirty-three years, he was an economist, public information officer, and media spokesperson for a federal government agency. Mr. Moran previously published a collection of eight short stories of terror, suspense, mystery, humor, and surprise. He is currently working on two novels and a collection of his poetry. He is an avid but awful golfer and a tournament bridge player. His other interests include American political history, the history and culture of the American West, baseball, music, and magic.