Robert U. Montgomery

Who Let the Dinosaurs Out?

My new illustrated children's book is now available at Amazon!


Who Let the Dinosaurs Out? is a fun-packed mystery for young readers, with eye-popping illustrations that make the story even more enjoyable.

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Hugs Are Important Too

I was forced to violate social distancing by a 96-year-old woman.

Even though the local senior center is closed to the public because of Covid-19 concerns, it's open for preparation of Meals on Wheels, and I've continued to deliver meals.

Dorothy Gouin, who turned 96 in March, continues to go in each day as a volunteer. We've been friends since I started volunteering more than 9 years ago. Last year, I wrote a book---
Nourishing the Soul--- about her and the value of volunteerism to benefit the center and Meals on Wheels program.

Today, after I dropped off meal carriers and was heading out, she approached and held her arms out.

"Really?" I asked.

"Yes," she replied, and we embraced.

That's when I realized that I needed a hug just as much as she did.


First Kiss!

We had just moved to a new town and the girl across the street invited me over to play a board game. I don’t even remember the game, probably because of stress-related shock. What I do remember is that, suddenly and without warning, an 8-year-old Lolita named Susie leaned across the board and kissed me.

Then, her mother compounded the crime by telling my mother, who told my father. The humiliation seemed never-ending, although, in hindsight, I think that it lasted only one long weekend.

By my eleventh birthday I had recovered enough to live at least a semi-normal life. It helped that we moved again. This time the girl across the street from our new house gave me a silver dog tag with my name on it. “Uh, oh,” a friend told me. “You know what that means, don’t you?”

Excerpt from "Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice" in
Under the Bed: Tales From an Innocent Childhood.

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What You Should Know About Taking Kids Fishing


First, and foremost, the primary goal for a young child going fishing is to have fun--- not catch fish. Some adults have trouble remembering that.

Take them to a pond, lake, or small stream where the panfish are plentiful, and fish with live bait and the simplest of gear, such as a cane pole or spincast outfit. Also take a bucket or two, and maybe some jars with holes in their lids. Don’t try to fish yourself. If you do, you’ll just get frustrated. Your full attention should be on being a teacher.

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Taking Home Another Lost Dog

For the second time in a little more than six months, I took a lost dog home.

In the aftermath this time, the interior of my car is awash in Husky hair.

He latched onto Pippa and me this morning, about a mile from home. I had Pippa on a leash at the time because we were around houses on a paved road, with possible traffic. But he liked her and she liked him, and I could tell that they would play, given the opportunity.


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