Many a Fond Memory Includes a Cup of Hot Coffee

Many a Fond Memory Includes a Cup of Hot Coffee

When someone comes to visit, about the first thing I ask is, “Would you like a cup of coffee?” Many happy memories center around a warm visit over a hot cup of coffee. This post is from three years ago but it’s still true today. Many years ago, every day after school, I stopped by […]

Portrait of Cozy Mystery Heroes and Their Readers

Portrait of Cozy Mystery Heroes and Their Readers

Readers of cozy mysteries come in all shapes and sizes. We have much in common, but we have major differences too. Most of us are women, but a few men like to read and even write cozies. Mostly, we are above the age of thirty, but some are younger. However, we all like a good mystery […]

Optimism and Frogs

Optimism and Frogs

What does optimism have to do with frogs? It all depends upon the situation. I’ve posted this poem once before. I didn’t write it but for those of us needing to read something besides gloom, doom, agony, crying, and criticism, this probably bears repeating. Two frogs fell into a deep cream bowl; One was an optimistic […]

What Is the Name of the Flame?

What Is the Name of the Flame?

Almost all of us have something inside of us that keeps us going, some flame, some hope or desire or cherished dream. It’s the reason we look forward to another day, we walk with a spring in our step (or a hitch in our hobble) and have a gleam in our eye. I guess it […]

Beetles, Butterflies, and Bugs

Beetles, Butterflies, and Bugs

“Nathan, come quick and see this little bug on the screen door. It’s irridescent,” I called. When Nathan came, he took one look and agreed with me that the small green and gold insect which glistened in the sun was beautiful. But why was it so still on the screen door? Gently, I scooped him onto the […]

Happy Birthday, Will!

Happy Birthday, Will!

Although it isn’t conclusive, it is believed that William Shakespeare was born on this day, 1564. It is well documented that he died April 23, 1616. What a lot happened between those dates! The world of literature and, indeed, the English language is far richer than it would have been if that great playwright had […]