Purchasing Books

Books that I have authored are available at the river's end bookstore in Oswego, New York. If you live in Central New York, stop at their location on W. Bridge Street and enjoy the fine service of one of the only independently-owned bookstores in the area. The store can also provide you with my books if you live outside Central New York. Log onto their website, http://www.riversendbookstore.com/, and use their search link found at the top right hand corner of their homepage. Type in the book title(s) you are looking for. Once you select the book(s) you want and prepare to check out, you will notice an "Order Comments" section at the bottom of the page. Here you can request that I sign your book, if you wish, and also request that I write a special message with my signature. The river's end will then ship you your order.

My books are also available on Amazon.com. Should you need any other assistance with placing books orders, let me know via the "Contact" tab located at the top of my website.

Books that I have edited are available from the organizations I worked with to create them. Information on how to purchase these books are found in the section accompanying the photo of those books.



The Best of Fulton: Poems For My Small-Town Newspaper

For five years I submitted a weekly poem to my local newspaper, The Valley News.  In my attempt to offer readers a bit of reflection in their busy lives, the poems were often about the joys of growing up and living in a small town. Since I have only ever been able to write a poem when an idea comes to me, I had to accept when, about a year ago, those ideas stopped coming. I ended my poetry column in the paper and moved on to other writing challenges. But some of 250 poems I'd contributed over the years seemed too special to just "let go." I decided to put about 60 of them in a collection to honor my hometown of Fulton and the newspaper that gave me my first chance as a writer.

List price: $12.99


Pioneers: The Story of Oswego County's Search and Rescue Team

Search and Rescue Book

In summer 1971, while vacationing with his family in the Adirondacks, a little boy disappeared.  Without a 911 emergency system yet in place, his parents were unsure where to call for help. Eventually, nearly one thousand people, most who had no formal rescue training, joined the search, but, tragically, the child was never found. His legacy was destined to end there until an Oswego County man pledged to offer hope for families of future missing people. Gathering others who believed as he did, and without any guidelines on how to begin, the group formed New York State’s first professional volunteer search and rescue team. This is the story of their pioneering accomplishment.

List Price:  $19.95  All profits from the sale of this book will go directly to the Search and Rescue Team. You can purchase a copy at the river’s end bookstore or by contacting Aaron Albrecht at Aalbrech510@gmail.com.

Voices in the Storm: Stories from the Blizzard of '66 (published in October 2015)

The ‘60s was such an emotionally-charged time in America, packed with political and cultural events that shook our country’s foundation. In the middle of that decade, a powerful winter storm temporarily silenced the social upheaval, as people along the east coast of the United States struggled to survive blinding snow and gale-force winds. Hit particularly hard was a region near Great Lake Ontario – Central New York – where the Blizzard of ’66 swiftly shut down schools, businesses and life itself. For weeks, it was all people talked about. 50 years later, anyone who lived through it has a story…

List Price:  $17.95

In Pursuit of Clouds: The Journey of Oswego's Weatherman Bob Sykes (published October 2015)

“This is Bob Sykes reporting from Southwest Oswego.”

For nearly 25 years, many Central New Yorkers tuned their radio to that greeting each morning, relying on Bob Sykes’ forecasts to cover everything from brutal winter storms like The Blizzard of ’66 to whether it was a good day to hang out their laundry.

Though his broadcasts were popular, few of Sykes’ loyal listeners knew of his other contributions to the study of weather: the groundbreaking research he conducted on lake-effect snowstorms; his 20+ years teaching State University College at Oswego students, many who went on to successful careers in meteorology; and his service during World War II as an Army-trained meteorologist, where his forecasting knowhow helped the United States and its Allies win the war.

Despite these accomplishments, by his own definition Bob Sykes was simply “a weatherman,” and this is his story.  

List Price:  $17.95


Reach Out in the Darkness: How Pop Music Saved My Mortal Soul (published October 2014)

My Reach Out in the Darkness book contains poems to honor the singers and songs of my youth: the '60s and early '70s. They say that the latest book a writer is working on is always their favorite, but I’m not sure anything will ever top the experience of writing my new book of poetry, Reach Out in the Darkness: How Pop Music Saved My Mortal Soul. 

My desire to be a writer really started from listening to the hit records of my youth, and though the song had to have a good melody, it was always the lyrics that mattered. I loved the way, with just a few words, my latest favorite song’s writer could move me and help me to understand the crazy things I was feeling. I grew up wanting to do that same thing. 

Writing this book has given me that opportunity, and so it has become the greatest gift to myself. Now that gift continues with my sharing it with you.

  "I felt like I was taking a trip through my own past. Each song that your poems referred to replayed in my head with all the associated memories. Most important though, was the insight it gave into your life and spirit." 
-  Adele DiGiovanni DelSavio

List Price:  $12.00

Of the Earth by Jim Farfaglia

Of the Earth: Stories From Oswego County's Muck Farms (published October 2013)

Of the Earth is a compilation of interviews I conducted with local muck farmers, their families, neighbors and agricultural agency staff. The interviews are woven together to tell the unique story of muck farming in Central New York.

A comment  from a reader:

"As native Oswegonians, my family is always looking for opportunities to reconnect with the "good ole days." For years I listened to my parents recant stories of working on the muck. My maternal grandparents were Sicilian immigrants with 10 children. All were subject to the backbreaking toil of summers on the muck farms in Oswego County. My dad was 2nd generation Irish/German who began working the muck farms at age 12. Your book, Of the Earth, gave my Dad, now 86, immeasurable joy and for that I'm forever grateful. He knew firsthand many of the people mentioned in your compilation and shared many of their experiences. Your passion is a gift; once again, thank you for sharing."  - Donna O’Neil

List Price:  $15.00

People, Places & Things by Jim Fargalia

People, Places & Things: The Powerful Nouns of My Life (published March 2013)

A collection of poems to honor the significant people, places and things that have influenced my life.

List Price:  $10.00







Sample poem from the “Things” chapter of the book:


Today begins the magic.

Today I become a nature god,
ensuring exact amounts of sunlight and darkness
for this simple potted greenery.

By Christmas Day
it will become a bright and brilliant red!

As I ponder this transformation
I think about my life
and how far from nature’s spectrum I have faded:
overly dependent on overhead lighting,
hunched for hours at my computer.

But what if I balanced my need for light & dark?
What routines, once so important,
would drop like spent leaves?
What richness would rise from my roots
and spread through my veins?

How bright and brilliant would my red be?


Country Boy (published September 2011)

A collection of poems that recall my childhood years growing up in a rural area outside Fulton, New York and working on my uncles’ muck farms. 

List Price:  $10.00








Sample poem:

Melon Jolly                       

Just across the road
farm fields spread to the horizon,
making the view from our living room window
Each August
miles of watermelon vines
became a meandering picture show, 
admired but not to be entered –
such a view the livelihood
of a farmer across the way.

But every once in a while,
the day at its peak,
that farmer’s son would call over, 
inviting us to meet him in those melon fields.
We’d dash cross the road and each choose one
the smaller, rounder variety best
for young hands.

Finding a pointy boulder
we’d crack that sphere open,
red juice baptizing our bare arms and blue jeans.
sitting cross-legged atop warm soil,
we’d raise those crooked smiles of green
to our own thirsty grins,

tempering the heat of country living,
sharing a delicious pause in the drone of the day,
quite early in life,
how it is we go about
growing our own joy

Camp Hollis (published April 2008) 

The Origins of Oswego County’s Children’s Camp Co-authored by Jane Ann Sullivan Spellman and Alysa Koloms.  A pictorial narrative of the beginnings of one of Oswego County’s most beloved children’s camp.

Sample text:

“The dream that Judge Sullivan, Camp Hollis founder, had over sixty years ago has as much reason to be believed in today as it did then. No matter how sophisticated our culture becomes, the same activities that thrilled children in 1946 continue to do so in 2008. The skits at the campfire bring ripples of laughter that mix with the waves on Lake Ontario. Themed dances continue to muster the best gossip throughout the camp community, with campers wondering who will dance with whom. Campers still stand at the dining hall windows to smell the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen, dreaming of supper…”

To Order:

If you would like to order a copy of this book and support the Friends of Camp Hollis’ commitment to Camp Hollis, please send an email to Camp Hollis director Brandon Morey at: friendsofcamphollis@hotmail.com

List price: $15.00 (all proceeds benefit the Friends of Camp Hollis to provide scholarships for children from needy families to attend the camp)  

As an Editor:

The Heart of Fulton at Home and Abroad:  World War II and The Korean War

In the 1940s and ‘50s, cities both big and small across the United States felt the impact of war. Fulton was one of those small towns that experiences its families being broken apart, some temporarily and some forever. As one lifelong Fultonian aptly stated, “It affected everyone because we all knew someone going off to war.” Every soldier has a story; each family at home has theirs. For the first time in Fulton’s history, a sampling of those stories has been bound together in honor of those who served.

To Order:

List price: $13.00 To order a copy please stop in or contact the Fulton Public Library at: (315) 592-5159.

Fulton Memoir Project

Fulton Community Services Book

The Community Services That Built Our City. (Published 2015)

Service to Community.  That’s the theme for this year’s Fulton Memoir Project, a history-based writing initiative designed to encourage local residents to share their memories. Sponsored by the Fulton Public Library since 2013, the project adds another forty stories with this 2015 edition. Writers have told about infamous Fulton fires, groundbreaking police investigative work, every-changing and ever-challenging shifts in city government and a myriad of community services for young and old alike. It’s Fulton’s history at its best, told by one person at a time.

To Order:

List price: $12.00 To order a copy please stop in or contact the Fulton Public Library at: (315) 592-5159.

The Businesses and Schools That Built Our Community. (Published 2014)

The Businesses and Schools that Built Our Community

Forty-one stories that take us inside Fulton’s factories, family-owned businesses and neighborhood schools, as told by the people who made them a success!

To Order:

List price: $12.00 To order a copy please stop in or contact the Fulton Public Library at: (315) 592-5159.

The Stories from our Past That Inspire Our Future

The Stories From Our Past That Inspire Our Future. (Published 2013)

Lake Neatahwanta is a natural treasure of Fulton and just one of the many places Fultonians reflect on whenever they remember their city. Fulton: The Stories Form Our Past That Inspire Our Future is a collection of 41 memoirs written by those who have come to love Fulton and now share that love through their rich recollections.

To Order:

List price: $12.00 To order a copy please stop in or contact the Fulton Public Library at: (315) 592-5159.


Harvest (Published 2012)


Poetry and artwork that was created during a one-day workshop I led at the Fairgrieve Elementary School in Fulton. Poems and art reflect an autumn harvest theme.

Sample text:


Instead of leaves, I see happy faces
falling around me.

Instead of grass, I see life
happy lives all around.

Instead of birds, I see people
flying above having pride.

Pride and happiness.
The world I live in.             

by Christopher Schreck  5th grade

To Order:

List price: $10.00 All proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the Fairgrieve School PTA. To order a copy please contact the Fairgrieve school office at: (315) 593-5550.

I Live As A Cloud (published October 2012) 

Poetry, short stories and artwork by children in the Central New York area, collected through various workshops I did for the CNY Arts Center.

Excerpt from a short story:  

Seven year old Timmy is on a camping trip. One day he discovers a race of supernatural creatures: green-skinned sprites and half horses-half men called centaurs, all having a giant war in a big tree.

“Mom!  There are bugs in this tree!”

Timmy’s mom, Jen, came over and looked in the tree.

“I don’t see anything, Timmy.  Those bugs must have been a figment of your imagination.”

But Timmy knew they were there…

- from Timmy In A Tree by Emily Markowsky, age 11

To Order:

List price: $10.00 All proceeds from the sale of this book benefit CNY Arts Center. 

To order a copy please contact the Center at (315) 592-3373 or: