Columnist signing books at art show


For over 12 years, readers have enjoyed Rick Ryckeley’s weekly column. The column captures the adventures and misadventures of growing up in a small Southern town, marriage, and general observations of life common to all. A firefighter for almost 30 years, Ryckley has recently retired.
Now he looks forward to spending more time with his wife, finishing his first novel, and public speaking.

He will be selling and autographing his two books this weekend at the 45th Annual Fayette Fine Art Show. The event is May 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 19 from noon to 5 p.m. on the square in downtown Fayetteville.

This year joining Rick will be Laura Ryckeley. Laura will have on display her own drawings and also illustrations that appear in “110 Flamingo Street.” Rick said, “Her drawings make the stories come alive. They help readers to receive a true snapshot of all the adventures we had during the seven years my three brothers and sister spent growing up at 110 Flamingo Street.

His third book in the short story series, “A Bridge To Simpler Times,” will be released in late 2014.
For this unique collection, Rick states that over 30 drawings have been included. “With these 52 short stories, the kids from Flamingo Street will be right here for you all year long and for many more books to come. Hopefully, they can add some humor to the start of your week.”

He goes on to say, “My wish is you’ll share some laughs with your family, a few tears along the way, and maybe these little stories will soon become a part of your family’s memories. As they have been a part of mine. Hopefully they’ll help you to look at the world just a little differently. And smile.”
Enjoy Rick’s column in the Citizen every weekend or stop by and see him at the arts festival. Perhaps even get to meet The Wife or The Boy.