HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO -- Wind Crest retirement community's Jim MacNair, a former journalist, has published "Killing Time," an anthology of 100 short stories written over 70 years. The stories, which are Hemingway-esque in style, reflect his keen observations and life insight.
MacNair honed his writing skills as a copy editor for the Schenectady Gazette in New York and, before that, as editor of the Daily Iowan when he attended Iowa University.
His short stories are creative nonfiction They address themes of friendship, love, health and wellness, faith, and family.
"I write about what I know and what I have experienced," said MacNair, who also worked in General Electric's Industrial Advertising Department and in its News Bureau. "I have always been a storyteller."
The back cover photograph of "Killing Time" depicts him proudly wearing a plaid tartan of his Scottish heritage. "I thought it looked good, so I wore if for the photo shoot," said MacNair, an 89-year-old who claims to be 38 years old.
McNair moved to Wind Crest from Governors Ranch in Littleton three years ago. He is already working on his next book, a memoir of his time in the U.S. Army Security Agency, circa 1946-1948.
MacNair's "Killing Time" is published by Hampden Press. It will soon be available on Amazon.com and in Tattered Cover and Barnes & Noble bookstores.