A Hodgepodge Medley of This and That

A Hodgepodge Medley of This and That

A Little of This, a Little of That, Mixed Together Into a Chatty Hodgepodge¬† A low, steady roar greeted me as I opened the door this morning. It will continue, non-stop for the next four days. That sound comes around every year, just like the changing season. It’s the sound of thousands of motorcycles in […]

A Deadly and Unexpected Discovery

A Deadly and Unexpected Discovery

Grave Heritage was one of my favorite books to write. It is the fourth Darcy and Flora cozy. It opens with a thunderstorm and a visitor who wakens Darcy and Flora in the middle of a night. This scene, A Deadly and Unexpected Discovery, takes place the next morning.¬† After I checked our empty house […]

Some Place to Go, Something to Do

Some Place to Go, Something to Do

I’ve never seen this before! A group of four doves ambles slowly across the driveway. Do they have some place to go? Do they have a chore in mind? Are they looking for something? I hope they know there are cats in the neighborhood and are watchful. And, I? Do I have some place to […]

The Lovely Gift of Listening

The Lovely Gift of Listening

Listening to someone, really listening and hearing what she says, can be the best gift you can give, and it doesn’t cost a dime, just a bit of your time. Recently, a friend suffered through a traumatic event. She mentioned it in our conversation and I told her how sorry I was and how glad […]

What Lurks in the Dark and Dusty Depths?

What Lurks in the Dark and Dusty Depths?

Reaching into the dark and dusty depths behind the garage shelf, my fingers touched something. Pulling it out, I discovered a tiny, red garden glove that had been Sara’s many years ago. Cleaning out my garage is a dirty job but somebody has to do it and Nemo isn’t volunteering. That leaves–me! So far, about […]

Dear Mary Roberts Rinehart–Thank You

Dear Mary Roberts Rinehart–Thank You

If she were alive today, I’d consider sending her a written thank-you, although why she, the master of mystery, should take note of it, I have no idea. I owe a lot to this lady. Although Miss Rinehart departed this life in 1958, her books are still with us, and I’m grateful for those well-written […]