Never Mind the Villain!: Dorothy Sayers and Point of View

 Posted by Helen Currie Foster Okay, you know writers have to make choices. I began writing the Alice MacDonald Greer mysteries from a single point of view—Alice’s. As you all know, whether in first person or third, making this choice in an amateur sleuth mystery requires the writer to figure out how the protagonist can … Continue reading Never Mind the Villain!: Dorothy Sayers and Point of View

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Slivers of Memory

by Neva Bodin Our farm was three miles from the country school I attended until sixth grade. I remember the day I suffered an embarrassing injury. Before the day was through, my cheeks were red; I mean all my cheeks. The school house was a dignified, small white building with several windows on the south … Continue reading Slivers of Memory

Slivers of Memory

by Neva Bodin Our farm was three miles from the country school I attended until sixth grade. I remember the day I suffered an embarrassing injury. Before the day was through, my cheeks were red; I mean all my cheeks. The school house was a dignified, small white building with several windows on the south … Continue reading Slivers of Memory

Forever is Never Too Long

Thanks to Rhonda Partain for inspiring this. I believe that if you truly love someone, forever is never too long. Most marriages aren't fraught with the turmoil that ours was. When my late husband Bill and I were married in the fall of 2005, I was in my forties, and he was nineteen years my … Continue reading Forever is Never Too Long

Looking for a smart dinosaur…

When 14 and in the eighth grade, I couldn’t resist a good UFO book. Yes, I was a true believer. I’d use my allowance to purchase the UFO best-sellers back in the mid-1960s. Flying saucers remained a fascination well into my 20’s. When still in junior high, I wrote a paper on – what else … Continue reading Looking for a smart dinosaur…

Old Yoo vs New Yoo, and All That

 by M. K. Waller Today's topic: The Yoo, weekly report #1.  [For readers who haven't read my previous post, a Yoo is one of those bracelets that calculates the steps you take and other facts you'd rather not know.] First, I registered for the "Up Off the Couch" challenge--50K steps at 10K a day. 10K … Continue reading Old Yoo vs New Yoo, and All That

The false ads on TV about detoxifying your body with special Foot Pads and spa footpaths

I am writing about the ads on TV about detoxifying your body with special Foot Pads. They say they are based on ancient Japanese medical secrets and contain magic ingredients. There are also costly the detox foot baths at spas. They say both get rid of toxins through your feet that cause everything from arthritis … Continue reading The false ads on TV about detoxifying your body with special Foot Pads and spa footpaths

Mustang Grapes and Dewberries

By N. M. Cedeño   In the second week of March, the Bradford pear trees in my backyard burst into bloom, displaying a profusion of tiny white flowers. Within a few days, rain and wind caused the white flower petals to “snow” down from the tree, covering my patio in a layer of white. Following … Continue reading Mustang Grapes and Dewberries

Welcome Spring

By S. J. Brown Spring has finally arrived here in West Virginia. I no longer need to travel South to find warm weather and baby critters to photograph.   No more hats gloves and 3 layers of clothes. Although my early morning excursions still include a hooded sweatshirt. Critters are more active this time of … Continue reading Welcome Spring

Take Some of This!

  by Neva Bodin   Ringworm cure: Mix half Sulphur and half lard. Put it on thick. For chest congestion, mix four tablespoons flour with two tablespoons dry mustard; add enough warm water to make a paste; spread on a dishtowel or flour sack, cover with another cloth and lay on chest and back. For … Continue reading Take Some of This!