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The Mystery of the Brain
Making time to blog has been harder this summer. I’m revising my traditional mystery manuscript, and I’ve become obsessed. After…
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Remind Me Again: Who Is That Character?
Recently, a mystery-writing friend and I have been reading and commenting on each other’s manuscripts–a very helpful thing to do. And…
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Smell the Roses
      The sense of smell, scientists tell us, is the most powerful of all the human senses. It is the only…
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Where In The World Are We?
Eudora Welty (1909 – 2001), writer of stories set in the American South, famously said, “Every story would be another…
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1816: The Year Without A Summer
  Have I missed something? It is mid-May, right?  Two days ago I received an email from an English mystery-writer…
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Return From Malice
I just returned from Malice Domestic, the gathering held each spring near Washington, D.C. for fans and writers of the…
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How to Have A Perfect* European Vacation, Part III (*Nothing is perfect)
I cannot end this series on the memory-making misadventures of foreign travel without mentioning the perils of trying to speak…
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How to Have the Perfect* European Vacation, Part II (*Nothing is Perfect)
Last week I told you about my personal philosophy of travel: no mishaps, no memories. After several decades of foreign travel, I’ve…
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How to Have a Perfect* European Vacation, Part I (*Nothing is perfect)
My blogs are a little off schedule because my husband and I just returned from two cold but nostalgic weeks…
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