No Oxen; Clean Stall

No Oxen; Clean Stall

My backyard, like my grandchildren, has grown through stages. A horse tire swing once hung by a tree limb, a swimming pool sat under the maple, a playground set took up a hunk of the back yard. Then, there were muddy places, bare of grass which were obstacle courses for small cars and trucks, a […]

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 […]

Premonition

Premonition

She was a likable older woman, very rich, opinionated, out-spoken, but friendly. Not an aristocratic bone in her body. She was generous too, providing a home for her relatives who had hit some hard times. She was the kind of person you would like to see continue throughout a book of fiction, lending color and […]

What Do You Do?

What Do You Do?

What do you do to keep sane, relax, give your mind a break during this time of uncertainty? Many places we’d like to go are not open, although, hopefully, restrictions are relaxing. Money is something to be watched closely, so our breaks from reality mustn’t be expensive. But, mini-vacations are needed now more than ever.  […]

The Older I Get

  The older I get…the more I value family and friends and life and the less concerned I am about surface stuff,                         …the more I appreciate old values, old friends, old remedies to ills, physical and emotional, and spiritual.           […]

Hidden Motives

Hidden Motives

Ned had been thrilled to think Evangeline Carver, the grand dame of the county, would call her to take pictures of the fabulous Carver mansion. She would get a chance to see inside that historic landmark and she’d get to talk to Evangeline herself. Truthfully, Ned may have been just a bit star struck. However, […]

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