Frank’s Place: Best of 2015

best 2015Another year come and gone. We’re really starting to log some miles here at Frank’s Place. Like every year 2015 had some serious ups and downs. But like every year, since 2011 at least, we have blogged about it.

And since blogging is what we’re here to do, lets get to the posts with the most, the verbal stylings that y’all liked better than the rest.  As always they are in ascending order of popularity based on views each post got.


Frank’s Place hit the bigs! One of the surprising Ups for 2015. Two of Frank’s Place stories were published in an actual book. With real words, by a real publisher, that paid real money. Do I have to say it? Doesn’t get any more real than that folks.


A Night on the Tracks Another Up sort of. This from the back to work saga that became my life in 2015. More on that later. Needless to say going back to work required a car to get there. This is the fateful night of car shopping.


The plan begins to unravel

The plan begins to unravel

Oh Crap! They’re Gonna Make It!   This is a new development. The very first post of 2015 made the list. We decided to let the kids, then 5 & 2 years old, try to make midnight on New Years Eve. One of many tragic parenting decisions throughout the year.


Balloons on the Ceiling: A Birthday Tale.  How does one good deed lead to a week of punishment and pain. Read on McDuff. You’ll see.


Inside the Dust Jacket: A dedication.     The passing of my Father brought out some neat, sad, funny, great memories and thoughts. This one made it to print. What would I say to my family in the event I ever had my own book published. And why wait to memorialize them, just say it now. So I did.


Naked & Afraid: 2 Hours in the Mall Without My Phone!  This was the most fun post of 2015. My favorite. An editor’s choice if you will. Is it possible to experience the world without your smart phone? Who the hell cares. I don’t want to know.


It was that kind of year.

It was that kind of year.

3 Years Home! It’s Anne Marie’s birthday week. Who survives, who doesn’t?! The answer is me on both counts. Plus bonus birthday pics!


And we have reached the top 3. Yep, the three posts that had the most. Views that is. These three cracked the 250 mark for views on the day they were posted. That’s a first for Frank’s Place.


One Actionable Thing.  Our first guest author at Frank’s Place and she lands in the top 3. How do you like them apples? Mrs Frank’s Place took to the key board after the one of many mass shootings this year.


Stay at Home No More  Not sure how to take the response to this one. Over 320 views on the day it posted. Either people really wanted to read about the story of me going back to work or… they were really glad I was going back to work and thus not writing as much any more.

Francis John Linardo: An extraordinary, unknown, life.     We end this year on a major downer. I wrote this one in my head on my 10 hour drive home to Knoxville after my Father’s funeral in Jersey. That was in March so I’m not sure why but I thought then it might end up on this list at the end of the year. It’s truly amazing how your mind can work and wander when you have 10hrs of silence to let it.


In a German forrest made famous not 10 years earlier.

In a German forest made famous not 10 years earlier.


So ends the year that was. It had some sorrow to be sure, but there was a lot of joy as well. For that Frank’s Place is grateful!

Happy New Year!

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