Ever hear of the Wolfe Pack? All mystery writers and everyone else who loves a good read should know who Rex Stout is. He introduced us to the modern mystery by his characters: Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. The 70’s TV series was loosely based on his books, Ellery Queen.     Many years … Continue reading NERO WOLFE BANQUET


Have you ever rode the rails?

Have you ever rode a long journey on a train? It’s a blast. My love for the train goes way back to my grandpa who had been an engineer for the Milwaukee Road and drove the Hiawatha from Minneapolis to Chicago and points beyond. My dad loved the train. He brought me twice to Chicago … Continue reading Have you ever rode the rails?

Outside the Comfort Zone

This post by Gayle M. Irwin   Last weekend I took an extra day off from my “regular job” and traveled alone through Colorado and part of New Mexico to spend time with a friend I’ve known for more than 35 years. Despite having a GPS and an atlas, I got lost a few times, … Continue reading Outside the Comfort Zone

Relishing Summer

This blog post by Gayle M. Irwin   During summer it's easy to “relish” – watermelon, apples, ice cream, ice tea, the occasional strawberry daiquiri or margarita (or both!): all quench a parched throat, dry from summer' warmth. But, there are other things to “relish” as well these days: the season itself with respite from … Continue reading Relishing Summer

Glancing Back, Looking Ahead

This post by Gayle M. Irwin This weekend is my 35th high school reunion. Actually, I have two reunions: one in Iowa and one in Wyoming. My parents and I left a 14-acre farm near a small Iowa town the summer of my senior year. We moved from the Mediapolis area, in the southeastern part … Continue reading Glancing Back, Looking Ahead

Days Pass Quickly

This post by Gayle M. Irwin “I've been lately thinking about my life's time - all the things I've done and how it's been...The days they pass so quickly now...” So go the words to a song titled “Poems, Prayers, & Promises” by John Denver. Another year has rolled around. Three of my high school … Continue reading Days Pass Quickly