All the Bay’s Clams and All the Bay’s Men  by John Bauer     Look for it  at L.D.B. Press                                                                    LDPBlogHeader2a                                                                     SYNOPSIS

Recent high school grad Peter Halstead digs clams in June 1969 to pay for his upcoming Ivy League education. He doesn’t want to end up like his old man, a grocery store butcher, estranged from his more-educated wife. He doesn’t want to end up like his former classmates, fellow clamdiggers—in minimum wage jobs or drafted for military service. Aware of his physical unattractiveness, he hasn’t dated much. Having been voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by his senior class, his every decision is to fulfill that election promise. . . and become “somebody”.

Three days on the Great South Bay change Peter’s life. He and  a former classmate go  way past third base. His greed and cowardice contribute to a weakling’s ill-fate.
Concerned with his own safety on a stormy evening,  another clam digger is lost at sea. End of summer, Peter drives  off to college with his hometown in his rear view mirror.

Garvey Clam Boat

Peter’s garvey


sun come, sun leave, sun never stay

Without his icy wife, he parades his new Cadillac down from Albany to his 40th high school reunion on Long Island. He’s a New York State Senator, full of himself, and ready to be saluted by former class mates.

Best friend Wolfie tells Peter not to expect any adulation.  Peter discovers others have been more  successful in different ways.  He finds folks who love one another, and finds himself without love of self and others.

The reunion’s several hours, and aftermath, force Peter to make a choice on moving  his life in a quite different direction, trying to do the “right thing”.

All the Bay’s Clams and All the Bay’s Men, told in the first person, should be read by anybody who wants to be somebody someday.



Published in 2019: The Gray Tree by Donald Kemp; contributing author John Bauer

The Gray Tree Resized

Donald Kemp claims he was born and raised in Southern Michigan and lived in North Carolina for over thirty-five years. He graduated from a combination of high school and aircraft mechanics school. Two years later, he became the supervisor for the Michigan National Guard Air Section Maintenance Shop. He then married his beautiful wife, Gerry, and has three children, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Serious writing began with thirteen weekly articles in the Rochester City newspaper about his heart bypass surgery in the very early days of the procedure. Donald later published the book, I Live With A Mended Heart, and distributed it to doctors and hospitals all over the United States.

Donald wrote and directed three stage plays for a senior acting group in Southern California.” He has also written numerous short stories about his relative’s blips and/or accomplishments for the family archives. Several children’s books will hopefully soon be on the market. Nowadays, airplanes, helicopters, furniture building, and consulting for interior decorators have given way to writing novels and short stories based on his varied life adventures.


They Drove on Streets Paved with Kindness, first three pages, Wildsound Novel Writing Festival July 23, 2017

The Saligia, AnotheRealm,The Magazine of Speculative Fiction, August, 2016

Published in 2007: boats, knots, other things by John Bauer

Book – Non-Fiction
-boats, knots, other things, local government management improvement recommendations/ abbreviated memoirs, AuthorHouse Publisher, ISBN 978-1-4343-2093-3; 366 pgs., 2007.


Stone Canoe Issue No.9, 2015 -Tropical Storm Stalin Heads Towards Coast,

 Stone Canoe Journal, Issue No. 9, 2015.


Escape Your World Anthology, Scribes Valley Publishing

-A Son’s Love, Escape Your World Anthology,

 Scribes Valley Publishing Company,

ISBN 978-0-9851-8333-2, 2015.

Aphrodite’s Exile, Between the Sheets-Lesbian Love, Andrews UK Limited, 2015.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Redux, Once Upon a Time Anthology, Andrews UK Limited, 2015.
The Inventor Wore High Heels, I.Lover Sci-Fi Anthology, Andrews UK Limited, 2015.




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