For those of you who know about my semi-autobiographical novel in progress, Killing the Kid, you may not realize that one of the human characters, Phineas Warren McCool, began his life as a dog. An Irish Setter to be exact. I wrote Jingle Balls, A Canine Christmas Story for my weekly short short story group, Crystal Springs Creative Writers. They enjoyed it so I decided to share it on bardiblog. This photo was taken in May, 1969 when Phineas was about 5 months old. I’m holding his collar because he was a flurry of perpetual motion. My younger brothers Paul and Tom Rosman were with us, celebrating Paul’s 7th grade Confirmation at Saint Gabriel Church in the San Francisco Sunset district where we grew up. Speaking of my late brother Paul, he was the inspiration for Ross Evans, a character in Killing the Kid, as well as the central figure…

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