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Sunday, May 8th, 2016

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The Badlands. Interior, South Dakota. The Lakota Sioux named this desolate land the “Badlands” because it was such a difficult place to cross.

The golden sand mounds there swirl in your head with all the failures that brought you there.

Categories: Roadside America, Sauro Motel Blog, Travel Automat

Howard Johnson Zombies

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Although we’re a literary motor inn, we stand in solidarity with our roadside sisters and brothers, and when they leave us, it’s up to us to keep their memory alive. With that in mind, here are some Howard Johnson Zombies and where we encountered them. 

The shells are … Continue reading »

Categories: Old Newark Bluff, Sauro Motel Blog, The Amboy's Drive-In, Uncategorized

Story in 101Words’ Flash Fiction Sunday Edition

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

My story Marvelous, South Dakota has been included in 101 Words’ Flash Fiction Sunday Edition. Check it out along with the other stories there.

Categories: Sauro Motel Blog, Uncategorized

Marvelous, South Dakota

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

My story Marvelous, South Dakota is up at Fiction Southeast. It is set in the South Dakota Badlands.

Badlands, proclaimed the Lakota Sioux, because it was such a difficult place to cross.

During the height of the Cold War, South Dakota housed many of the nuclear missiles that could have destroyed the world. Some of those underground silos are now part of … Continue reading »

Categories: Give Me A Baseline, And I'll Shake It, Sauro Motel Blog, Short Stories


Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Fans of True Detective should check out Nic Pizzolatto’s 2010 novel GALVESTON. Galveston tells the story of New Orleans enforcer Roy Cady as he flees from his former mob boss, but the story really shines in the relationships between Roy and the erstwhile nieces who accompany him on his escape.

After killing the men who were sent … Continue reading »

Categories: Articles, Cathedral of Knowledge, Diamond Categories, Law and Letters, Sauro Motel Blog


Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Tate Train Station

Tate Train Depot

Tiny Tate, in Pickens County, is the Home of Georgia Marble. Highway 53 slows into a curve that almost makes you come to a stop and admire the abandoned train station, which sits just steps from the highway.

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Categories: Roadside America, Sauro Motel Blog

ROUTE 66 – SANTA FE, 2013

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

On a recent trip, I exited I-25 into Santa Fe onto a crowded, modern road with new, adobe-style Marriott Courtyards, Targets, and the only Starbucks I found within 100 miles of Taos.  Wondering how I might be able to find the dusty remnants of Route 66, I soon realized that I was already on the Mother Road, just the 2013 … Continue reading »

Categories: Roadside America, Sauro Motel Blog

Dunk ‘N Dine

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

dunk n dine
Ah, the Dunk ‘N Dine.

Or, to some, the Dine ‘N Dunk. (Once you got that in your head, there was no reversing it.)

Many Atlantans have spent a late night there fueling up on DND’s coffee, also known as Legal … Continue reading »

Categories: Cultural Outlet Mall, Roadside America, Sauro Motel Blog

U FUMO – Newark’s Sweet Potato Man

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

My dad always bragged about Newark’s Branch Brook Park and the great fun he had growing up in The First Ward after the war. There were many stories we tried to call him out on as kids but one he repeated involved a man who had mounted three metal drawers full of sweet potatoes on a cart and sold them … Continue reading »

Categories: Cultural Outlet Mall, Old Newark Bluff, Sauro Motel Blog


Friday, June 8th, 2012

Sam’s replacement in the foxhole at Omaha Beach swallowed a shrapnel sandwich. Years of shenanigans followed.

Sam married a model. Elsewhere, they were manufacturing better ones.

Her Dreamcatcher hung from the rearview mirror of Sam’s Mustang long after she deserted him.

At the VA Hospital, Sam became paralyzed while snowflakes that glittered like crystals dissipated outside.

Sam lent the Mustang to an acquaintance who … Continue reading »

Categories: Coffee's For Closers, Sauro Motel Blog, Short Stories