Traveling Backward in Time

Traveling Backward in Time

  January is a time for a new beginning–new year, new hopes and dreams. Or, do we polish off the old ones and keep them going, bright and shining? My younger brother and I were the only children left at home; the older siblings grew up, married, moved away, and it was just Richard, Mom and […]

Happy Boxing Day

Happy Boxing Day

In many countries, this is Boxing Day, and I don’t mean it’s a time when we put on gloves and solve all our differences with combat. The day after Christmas is a day when some people give gifts to those who serve them on Christmas Day and throughout the year. The gifts are boxed and, […]

The Tree That Shines With Memories

The Tree That Shines With Memories

The Christmas Memories Tree is shining in the dark living room. It is lighted by memories of other Christmases and many different people, all dear to me. These ornaments span almost fifty years–well, more than that, counting the blue cloth Christmas tree, cut from a remnant of my grandmother’s quilt and padded by cotton grown […]

A Rallying Cry for Freedom

A Rallying Cry for Freedom

“A day that will live in infamy,” President Roosevelt said of December 7, 1941. And, indeed, it will. A surprise attack by Japanese aircraft against the American Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor triggered the United States’ entrance into World War II.  As I watch old film clips and read first-hand accounts, I imagine the shock […]

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Today, I’m reminded to be grateful for all the many friends I’ve met through the Manos Mystery books. And, I am. People–you, my family and friends, are what is important in this old world. Happy Thanksgiving from Darcy, Flora, Ned, and me!  

An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

  That special holiday arrives in three days! Are you ready? Have you heard a rumor that a jolly turkey slides down chimneys bringing mince and pumpkin pies and Thanksgiving-themed books for all good and dedicated readers?  How about starting the tradition of giving the children in your life a book for Thanksgiving? Food for the stomach […]