Earlier Musings

Accuracy in Guns or Gunning for Accuracy

Accuracy in Guns or Gunning for Accuracy

While it may not currently be politically correct to talk about guns, my characters carry them.? Morg is a P.I. in Christmas Cracker and Vince is a Chicago PD detective in the soon-to-be-released Foul Shot.? Neither of them run around … Continue reading → ...
St. Patrick’s Day, Green Beer and Blue Mead

St. Patrick’s Day, Green Beer and Blue Mead

St. Patrick’s Day, originally a feast day of the Catholic church, has become a major American drunken? celebration.? Before I get into the down and dirty, let me assure you that St. Patrick never drank green?beer.? In fact, drinkers in … Continue reading → ...
The Decline and Fall of the English Language

The Decline and Fall of the English Language

“Would you like any more coffee?” you ask. “I’m good,” is the response. And no one blinks an eye.? Adjectives and adverbs are becoming interchangeable.? Or maybe indistinguishable. “You promised to be here by noon and it’s now after two.” … Continue reading → ...
Oscars Wild in 2013

Oscars Wild in 2013

Well, there there were a few risque gowns, but from what I’ve seen online, there were also some stunning ones.? Probably that had to do with women like Halle Berry wearing them.? I mean, women like Halle could wear sackcloth … Continue reading → ...
Anti-Academy Awards Party

Anti-Academy Awards Party

I am not anti-movies.? I love many of the old ones.? Bogart is my favorite actor.? I even love some movies made after 1968, like Bladerunner, Lion in Winter and The Man Who Would Be King.? Movies like Silverado, Enchanted … Continue reading → ...
Massacred St. Valentine’s Day

Massacred St. Valentine’s Day

Okay, I’m a romantic. Casablanca is one of my favorite movies.? I’ve even watched a few “chick flicks” and liked one or two.? Don’t get me wrong, Lifetime and Hallmark are channels I religiously avoid.? Yet, I have trouble understanding … Continue reading → ...
Mardi Gras, Pancakes and Lent

Mardi Gras, Pancakes and Lent

Everyone knows about Mardi Gras, right?? Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a big party that consumes the city of New Orleans as well as many other metropoles across the nation and around the world.? Rio’s Carnaval makes New Orleans’ … Continue reading → ...
Ground Hog Day . . . Or Is It Imbolc?

Ground Hog Day . . . Or Is It Imbolc?

Punxsutawney Phil has spoken: it will be an early spring in 2013.? Of course, few people take?Punxsutawney Phil?Sowerby, the groundhog from?Punxsutawney, PA, as an actual weather guru, even though he is a cute little rascal and, for being a claimed … Continue reading → ...
Robert Burns Immortal Memory

Robert Burns Immortal Memory

Every year, Scots and those who like things Scottish gather on or about January 25th to honor Scotland’s unofficial national poet, and enjoy a fine dinner and copious drink (hopefully single-malt Scotch).? There is a common program that includes toasts … Continue reading → ...
The Tour Bus Will Wait: Across Ireland in an 8-Passenger Van

The Tour Bus Will Wait: Across Ireland in an 8-Passenger Van

This first appeared as a guest blog on Rosemary Adkins’ great website, www.ExtraordinaryIreland.com.? Since Noelle is going to Ireland this month, it seemed appropriate to re-post it here. When we booked our last trip to Ireland in 2000, our party … Continue reading → ...
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