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Charlie Carillo is a producer for the TV show "Inside Edition." Before that he was a reporter and a columnist for the New York Post. All seven of his novels are available on Amazon Kindle and five of them are just 99 cents - “God Plays Favorites,” “Found Money,” My Ride With Gus,” “Shepherd Avenue” and "The Man Who Killed Santa Claus: A Love Story."

Entries by Charlie Carillo

One for the Record Books

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 1:44 AM

A writer reaches a new level of humility the first time he finds one of his books for sale in a second-hand bookstore. It's like finding your first gray hair.

There the book sits on a dusty shelf, like a full-grown dog hoping to be adopted by a kind-hearted person....

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Not My Type of Type

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 12:31 PM

I was in my twenties when I banged out my first novel on my mother's portable Olivetti typewriter, and I mean "banged."

We were like boxers from different weight divisions, that typewriter and me - my heavyweight hands coming down hard on its flyweight keyboard, the typebars...

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Father Snows Best

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 12:01 PM


Last week I phoned my mother to see how things were going and she reported that my father was up on a ladder, shoveling snow off the roof.

Which is a dicey thing for anybody to do, but at the time my...

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There Is Always Something There To Remind You

(2) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 12:07 PM

Every picture tells a story, but sometimes the story waits a long time to be told.

Thirty years, in the case of this long-lost photograph.

That's me back in 1986, preparing to take part in a race from the Statue of...

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Santa Never Asked Me, But....

(4) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 8:24 AM

Childhood ends the first time you sit on Santa's lap and see those wire earpieces connecting his beard to his head.

You can't help running across two infuriating breeds of people at this time of year: wine experts and cheese experts. I'd get a haircut from Donald Trump's barber before...

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"Field of Dreams" Meets "Sweetheart, Get Me Rewrite"

(4) Comments | Posted October 17, 2015 | 12:44 PM

A lot of boys have the same dream, but most of us keep it to ourselves.

The dream is to play Major League baseball in New York, and to hit a home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in the seventh game of the World...

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It's Good to Be King

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 10:14 AM


LONDON -- Now, this is what you call a fireplace.

The guy in the green shirt is stoking the blaze in the kitchen at Hampton Court Palace, once home to King Henry the Eighth.

That's easily a 40-log fire, and back in the...

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There's a Reason They Call It a Paper

(4) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 2:40 AM

I probably shouldn't do this, but I'm going to let you in on a secret about the newspaper game:

Reporters are childish people. And God bless them for that trait, because it's what sustains that sense of wonder the best ones never lose.

I was as childish as anybody...

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Wash and Swear

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 10:29 AM


LONDON - This is a photo of my soaking wet laundry on the clothesline, where it's been hanging for three days and three nights.

Every time it's almost dry, it starts raining. So I leave it on the line, thinking the...

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Two-One-Two, I'll Always Be True

(8) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 9:08 AM

Manhattan is a lover that never calls the next day. This golden island always gives more than it gets, and if you don't want it, well, look behind you, pal - the line of suitors stretches from river to river.

Sorry to get so emotional, but I moved to...

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Losing Love and Love Leads Me To My True Love

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 7:55 AM

John McEnroe stood ready on the other side of the net, and as I bounced the ball before serving to start the match I allowed myself a ridiculous thought:

I can beat this guy.

I actually believed it, because if you don't believe you're invincible when you're 18 years old,...

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Things My Dad Never Did

(4) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 7:11 AM


All my life I've been impressed by my father's accomplishments, but now something funny has happened -- I realize I'm just as impressed by the things he's never done.

He's never served himself first at the table, or wasted a...

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Bleaker Street

(4) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 10:06 AM

I was jolted to see that a precious piece of my son's childhood is now surrounded by a forbidding plywood fence. Inside the fence, a parking lot has been bulldozed, and before long, an apartment house will stand on that lot.

I pitched a million Wiffle balls to Rafael...

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Between Rocco's and a Hard Place

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 10:31 PM

I'm about to leave the house on my way to the airport and when I pat my jacket pocket to make sure I've got my wallet, it's not there.

Don't panic, I tell myself -- it's somewhere in the house.

Only, it isn't.

My guts go into a horrible...

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I Know Why the Caged Squirrel Paces

(3) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 5:50 PM

I'm enjoying a wonderful turkey dinner at my parents' house when out of the blue my mother says:

"Before you go home, be sure to take a look at the wild animal in the garage."

My mother is a naturally dramatic person, but she says this calmly, to make...

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The Bucket Stops Here

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 3:26 PM


Not long ago I was helping my father with a job at his house, and a five gallon bucket of water had to be carried outside.

I grabbed the handle to hoist the bucket, and my father - age 88,...

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A Thanksgiving Tale, Served With Punch

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 5:33 AM

It all began when this nasty kid was picking on me in electric shop class, shoving me from behind and laughing when I didn't fight back.

I didn't fight back because the teachers at Junior High School 67 in Little Neck, New York warned us that anyone caught...

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If Only You'll Believe In Miracles, So Would I....

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2014 | 9:06 PM


The bride wants children right away, and the groom is on the same page. That's how they feel about it. You get married, you have kids.

Why wait? Let's do it while we're young and strong.

She's delighted to get...

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Tips From My Trips Around the Sun

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 3:38 PM

I'm about to turn 59, which means I'll be starting my 60th voyage around the sun, a mind-blowing truth for a person who's still a child between the ears.

In this time I've been a son, brother, husband, ex-husband, father, stepfather, uncle and friend, and I couldn't help picking...

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He Gave Me a Chance

(4) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 9:18 AM

I was a year or two out of college, miserable the way only an English major can be miserable when he's working a job that offers no daylight for his dubious talents.

That job was running copy at the New York Post -- bringing coffee to editors, running layout...

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