Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Time for Thanksgiving

I am so thankful for the family, friends, co-workers, colleagues, and people I meet under many circumstances who make every experience in my life richer.

I’m also grateful for recent happy news. That Mysterious Woman (including my story) has been released. Three of my stories are scheduled to be published next year. Another is under consideration for an eBook.

And, The Fourth Wise Man will be performed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 5, and 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Saturday, December 6.

Joyous reasons to celebrate during the most wonderful season!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Still Celebrating!

I can’t resist showing one more photo of my beautiful new cousin, Elizabeth Breanne Okes. Such a cutie!
There’s also another “addition” to the family. On the day of Elizabeth’s birth, November 16, 2014, Mozark Press released the anthology A Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman, edited by LS Fisher, which contains my story, “Moving On.” It features Misty, who thinks she’s the reincarnation of Elizabeth Siddal, a 19th century artist model; Lizzie, a desperate woman haunted by a memory; and Isis, a drug dealer who grew up as Sissy. The anthology includes twenty-seven stories and is available through Amazon.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Causes for Celebration!

Wonderful news from both coasts!
On the east, my cousins Scott and Kassi French Okes, who just celebrated their third wedding anniversary, are now having another joyful day.

Their beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Breanne, was born on November 16, weighing 8 pounds and 2 ounces and 20.5 inches long.

Scott's proud mother, MaryBeth, is happy to be a MiMi.

On the west, wonderful short story writer, husband, father, professor, and friend, Art Taylor, has won the Macavity (presented by Mystery Readers International) for his story "The Care and Feeding of House Plants," which won an Agatha earlier this year.

Congratulations all!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Tribute of Honor

Since August, the Tower of London moat has been filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies, each representing a service member from Great Britain or its empire who was killed in World War I, the Great War, that ended on November 11, 1918. The poppies are due to be dismantled beginning on November 12 and distributed to people who have bought them for donations to military charities. I heard about the display from authors Charles and Caroline Todd and my co-worker Katherine Wells, who saw the installation and were very moved by it. Parts will be preserved in the Imperial War Museum.