A Long Look at Life

A Long Look at Life

I was glad to wake up this morning and escape from a bad dream. I think the dream was due to the remnants of a book I’m reading plus my own imagination that got together and threw this yucky nightmare into my subconscious, but you know what? The figment of fiction disturbing my sleep was not […]

Through My Art Gallery

Through My Art Gallery

What does a mystery writer do when she isn’t writing? Does she slip through darkened streets following clues? Does she listen in on conversations, waiting to hear a phrase or a question to incite the plot of a new book? Well, maybe. But if she really wants to relax and take a brief respite from […]

A Picture Perfect  Day

A Picture Perfect Day

Yesterday was a picture perfect day if you like April storms, and the rain continues this morning.  It’s chilly too–the temperature registers forty-eight degrees. Another fireplace day. According to a report I read, the Illinois River is supposed to reach well over sixteen feet and flood stage is eleven feet. These pictures give a hint […]

A Dog’s Dilemma

A Dog’s Dilemma

Nemo got to the door just as a tremendous crack of thunder rattled the window. I held the door open for him. He looked up at me and said, “You gotta be kidding.” We are in the middle of a pretty loud storm and his dilemma was needing to go out and being afraid to go […]

Trash Bag Inspiration

Trash Bag Inspiration

This picture is on the wall of my refrigerator. It is an inspiration. I mean, just look at this woman. She is decidedly a ’50s lady, no doubt about it. Look at those pink stretch pants, that teased hair, all the pink in her colorful kitchen. She is who she is and she’s happy with […]

The Mostest Favoritest of All

The Mostest Favoritest of All

Of the six cozy mysteries I’ve written, which is my favorite? Well, let me see now. The Cemetery Club was the first, the one that launched me from being a retired kindergarten teacher into authordom. My friend Barbara Burgess and I collaborated on it and that was fun, especially since it involved spooky stuff like […]