A Blast from the Past

Dear Kids and All Readers,  Yesterday was another red-letter day for me. I had an Anniversary Lunch with my second, second-grade teacher, Connie Colonelli deWerd. We were celebrating SIXTY YEARS of friendship! We first met when then “Miss Colonelli” arrived in my classroom in February of 1961 to take over for my second-grade teacher, Mrs. Clardy.…

Book 3–Chapters 19 & 20 Excerpts

Dear Readers, we’re less than three weeks away from the official launch of Walnut Street: Phantom Rider on November 9. Here are two more excepts to whet your reading appetite!   From Chapter 19, “Papa Mayfield’s Claim”  The detectives, the sheriff, and the Mayfield parents search the Phantom Rider’s room in the Rainbow Flats Hotel.    …

Book 3–Chapters 17 & 18 Excerpts

Hi, Readers, Excerpts continue as we anticipate the release of Walnut Street: Phantom Rider!   From Chapter 17, “Dangerous Barn Talk”  The six detectives arrived back at the ranch after a productive investigation of Rainbow Flats. Gracie decided to attend to her sticker collection book and headed for the barn’s hayloft, her favorite spot for…

Golden Flicks: Reel #1

Hello, Movie Lovers! One of my favorite pastimes is watching movies from and studying the history and bios of The Golden Age of Hollywood. As you might guess, I have a book collection to nurture my hobby. There is something timeless and enchanting for me about Hollywood movies from the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. Many…

Here’s the Scoop!

Dear Kids and All Readers, For many, summertime is ICE CREAM time. But did you know that the frozen treat has an interesting history? Kathleen Kalb from Facebook’s Cozy Mystery Village (of which I’m a villager) posted some fun historical facts about how ice cream came to be. She got the information from #goodreads in…

I’m Not Lion

Dear Kids and All Readers, Somewhere, in nearly every work of fiction, you’ll find a little piece of the author’s life–added with tongue in cheek or, possibly, to cement the object or idea in immortality. This addition could be something significant like a character’s name, personality trait, or journey, mirroring the author’s. But it could…