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Jimmy Olsen, Author

Jimmy Olsen didn’t start writing fiction until he was well past 40. In the tradition of American writers like Jack London and Louis L’Amour, Olsen spent much of his life seeking adventure. He began scuba diving in 1961 at age 13 and continues today. A machine-gunner in Vietnam, after two tours he settled down awhile, married, started a family and graduated college with a BS in English. Still at college, he published his first national story in a diving magazine. A year later he moved his family to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic where he taught at a private American school and started the Republic’s first professional diving school, Scuba Dominican, C por A. Hearing rumors of shipwrecks and gold, Olsen and a small group of adventurers discovered the site of the French Man-O-War Imperial and several other vessels. After five years in the Caribbean, Olsen completed his MA at the University of Alabama and returned to writing, taking a job with a daily newspaper in Athens, Alabama for a year before becoming an editor back home in Minnesota. This lasted four years before the thirst for adventure overtook him again and he was back in the diving business, traveling to dive destinations from the Caribbean to the South Pacific. The short story collection At Sea and another novel, Red Sky at Morning will be appearing soon. 


Who’s Got the Juice?

December 28, 2018

Remember this? People were tired of smiley face and made a little joke. Bullet in the head. Good for a chuckle, but some large power companies haven’t tired of it yet, sending smiley and “frowny” to their customers depending on how much energy they use. What a clever thing. It’s a comfort to know your […]

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December 3, 2018

On a blustery autumn day last week I was walking across a bank parking lot toward my pickup when a voice called, “Hey Man, can you spare a few bucks?” Some version of this has happened to most of us, and often more than a few times. Keys in my hand and only a few […]

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Twice Told Tales

October 15, 2018

My apologies to Hawthorne for borrowing his title, but it fits. A tale is a story, and a good story is worth telling twice and sometimes many times over. There are family stories everyone in a family has heard countless times. So I am astonished that I so often hear someone say “Oh, I read […]

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