Spreading the love of reading, person to person ∙ This evening, Tuesday, April 23, approximately 25,000 volunteers will give away free books to light or non-readers in 6,200 towns and cities across the U.S. The goal is to encourage more...―
In twelve lucky libraries across the country, borrowers can now check out a packet of seeds along with their books. Here’s how it works. First, local gardeners contribute seeds from their most successful plants to local libraries. The seeds ...―
Tangled and unidentifiable computer wires strangling your creativity? Are sticky notes covering the surface of your computer, obscuring the screen? Too many characters populating your novel? ∙ With the official start of spring, I’ve ...―
You may know that people learn in different ways but did you know that they also “experience” reading a story in different ways based on their preferred learning style? These different styles guide the way we internally represent...―
In books, a pet can be a confidant, cause trouble or be a savior. I recall few unusual pets in mysteries--dogs, cats and horses are usually featured. Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum character has a pet hamster, although I don’t think ...―
Over the holidays, my sister-in-law played a podcast of an interview about Mel Blanc for our family. You may remember this man as the voice of many well-known cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Barney Rubble, Daffy Duck and, by some...―
The New Year is an optimistic time filled with possibilities; it’s the perfect time to form new and useful habits. According to a Reader’s Digest article the most impactful habit is to make your bed every morning. ∙ The theory is that ...―
During the mad dash of holiday shopping, one question weighed heavily on my mind: What book should I buy for each family member and friend on my list? Not all share my love of mysteries but they do enjoy reading. It was a conundrum. However, after ...―
Jordan, dressed in a red catsuit trimmed with white faux fur, attached her body harness to the steel cable system. She lifted her feet off the ground, swinging slightly to make sure she was secure. Clutching a rolled up paper under one arm, she...―
Earlier this year I was asked to give a small speech at a friend’s birthday party. Unfortunately, I had a sore throat made worse by the dry air and high altitude of Denver. As I began speaking, my voice cracked and squawked like an angry Macaw ...―
Today is Election Day in the United States. It’s the culmination of a hard fought, often nasty, verbal battle. For some people, (perhaps most) it’s a huge relief that the whole thing is over. For others, it’s just another day. They don’t ...―
Last week, I treated an out of town guest to a performance of the play, Shear Madness, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. It is the longest running non-musical play in American theater, winning numerous awards including the Mystery Writers ...―
I love having raw quick things in the fridge for snacks. Want something sweet? It’s ...
The time is upon us to be tan and fit. I love this time of year. The best way to get ...
Crock pot cooking is perfect for anyone on the go go go! Well here is a great dinner that ...