No Such Thing

No Such Thing

In a book, there is no such thing as unimportant characters. They are all important and crafting them is a meticulous, fun job. In the Ned McNeil cozy mystery series, Ned, of course, is the protagonist. Then, there’s Cade, Pat, and Jackie. Another person in this series who insisted that I take care to describe […]

A Murderer Among the Mourners

A Murderer Among the Mourners

  I had no invitation to Miss Evangeline’s funeral. That wasn’t the way things were done in small-town Ednalee. Her death notice and a short obituary were in the local paper, giving the date and time for her burial. That was enough for anyone who was interested. It was such a murky day and, according […]

The Sky Is Falling

The Sky Is Falling

To my friends and family in Louisiana, I’m thinking of you and praying for you. I hope Hurricane Delta didn’t deal you a whole lot of misery. Yesterday, continuing with my yard cleaning, I journeyed to the front yard. While under the oak tree, picking up limbs and twigs, something hit me on the head. […]

Begin Again

Something about autumn puts in a remembering mood. Does it do that to you, or are you filled with vim and vitality for a brand new season? I was thinking about books. I’ve read a couple of good ones lately that I didn’t want to end, but the good thing is they are in a […]

Cicada Summer

Cicada Summer

There he was, stuck to the screen of my door. What was he doing? Thinking? Doubtful. I hear him, these summer nights; he and his family and friends tune up in the darkness, singing their summertime songs, filling the night with their grating sound.  All my life, I called them jar flies, and it was […]

Good Days, Bad Days

Good Days, Bad Days

This is the first day of school for many Arkansas children. Once again, I see them trudging up the hill, or hurrying along, backpacks in place, to catch the bus. It has been a long vacation, an enforced vacation, and it wasn’t all that great. I hope it is a good day for them and […]

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