The 6 Great American Baseball Novels

By Michael A. Kahn “Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.” Those words–written by American scholar Jacques Barzun—are now engraved on a plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. In his book, God’s Country and Mine: A Declaration of Love Spiced with a Few Harsh Words […] Read More →

R&R, plus W

A little late in the day for the post, but you’ll need to forgive me… I’m grabbing a little R&R in the lovely city of Portland while my daughter takes a one-week course here. The course offering came up quickly, neither transportation nor lodging was included, so snap decision:

HOW TO SPOT A VILLAIN

By: Jeanne Matthews Crime has long been a subject of compelling interest to society. For centuries, scientists and physicians and sociologists have studied criminals in an attempt to understand what makes them tick and why they do the villainous things they do. The ancient Egyptians believed that the heart was the source of all thought […] Read More →

That Undiscovered Country

I enjoy walking in old cemeteries. Since I’m a mystery writer, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I like my playgrounds dark and storied, that I prefer the layers of human existence to the shiny manicured surface, no matter how pretty that surface. True, cemeteries are an ever-present reminder of that appointment we must all […] Read More →

The Final Read

Finally, after going through the creation of three books, I have realized what is the worst part of the whole process for writers.  Alert readers will recall that I wrote on this issue a year or so ago, so I promise this will be the last time.  Honest. The worst is not the actual writing. […] Read More →

Don’t Panic

A novelist friend I’ll call Jon ran away from home at seventeen, joined the army, and participated in gnarly episodes in Southeast Asia. Afterward, among other risky pastimes, he scaled mountains and dove in deep oceans. He is certainly not a timid fellow. But one day, he panicked for no apparent reason. By panic, I […] Read More →

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I love to garden. Flowers and plants are nice, but what I really like to grow is stuff you can eat. I don’t claim to be an expert and I never took those classes at the Oregon State Extension to become a Master Gardener like some of my neighbors.

Moving On

I’m moving to Fort Collins. Although it’s just 20 miles north of Loveland it feels as though I’m moving across the country. I’ve bought a house and I’m more than ready to move out of this apartment. Things have changed dramatically since I moved here seven years ago. Moving is difficult for me and I’m […] Read More →

TV to Book and Vice Versa

Having greatly enjoyed the recent PBS series Grantchester, when I noticed the original books while standing in a line at Mysterious Bookshop, I grabbed the first. It turned out to be  as charming as the tv programs.   They are different, of course, and it has been fun to work out why certain changes were […] Read More →

Being a Writer

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a writer in possession of a deadline, must be in want of reassurance. You think I’m kidding. (All right, I hear the other writers out there thinking, “No, we don’t!”) And honestly, for “reassurance” in the first sentence, you could also substitute “encouragement” or “a kick in the […] Read More →