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The Dogs under my Desk – Boomer

I’m lucky to have had my heart touched by fourteen dogs (not at the same time!), several cats, birds, hamsters, fish, a turtle, a small snake, a tree frog, and even a squirrel. Living with so many animals taught me that just like humans, animals have their […]

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The Dogs under My Desk – Skippy

In the middle of writing the second book in my humorous mystery series and my first ever short story, Blinded by Murder, I found myself overcome with fear. Would these stories be good enough, were they too boring, not funny, and – gulp – unworthy of readers? […]

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The Dogs under My Desk – TibBit

I’m a dog lover!  My three dogs are my co-workers, keeping me company during the days as I sit at my desk. The Dogs under my Desk is a three part blog on each of my co-workers and what makes them special. My first installment features Tidbit, […]

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I’m offically a Space Cadet

One evening on my way to a bar in the late seventies, I saw a UFO. I know, “On your way to a bar? Really?” Yes, I hadn’t had a single drop of alcohol…yet. It made such an impression that I used the bar’s phone (pre-every-teenager-owning-a-mobile-phone) to […]

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Chain, chain chain…chain of custody

When every episode of CSI ends up with investigators doing the crime scene walk through using only flashlights, I figure it isn’t really how things are done.  And I’m smart enough to know that the same person who collects the DNA doesn’t run the DNA testing, and […]

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Lights are on, somebody’s dead

After a few glasses of Cabernet Sauvignon, late at night, in the woods behind my hotel, I found I wasn’t alone.  What could have become an unfortunate event in a murder mystery, was in reality something very cool. Not only was I not alone in the woods, […]

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On the Shelf at The Book House

Happy to announce that Buying Time is now available at The Book House in Maplewood, Missouri. The Book House was recently in the news, when the historic Victorian house which had been home to the independent bookseller for over 25 years was set to be torn down […]

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I hope you dance (like a frog)

Recently, fourteen new species of dancing frogs were discovered in southern India, bringing the total known species of dancing frogs in India to twenty-four. Think about that. Think about the number of species? No. Think about dancing frogs. Doesn’t that put a smile on your face? The […]

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Who wants $50,000?

Before publishing Buying Time in 2012, I’d done much soul searching.  With only ten agents queried (a miniscule number when it comes to agent hunting), I longed for the validation of a traditional publishing contract, but wasn’t sure I wanted to spend years of precious time trying […]

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Malaysian Flight 370 or Whales?

Malaysian Flight 370 is a true mystery.  How does a 777 airplane with 239 people on board vanish? Since March 17, 2014, almost ten days after MH370 disappeared, I’ve been helping solve the mystery. On this day, DigitalGlobe launched a crowdsourcing campaign to help find the missing […]

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