Eagles I Have Known

My maternal grandfather, Frank S. Smerchek, was an Eagle, a Sokol. Although most sources say “Sokol” means “falcon” rather than Eagle. But we knew him as an eagle. His parents migrated from Moravia in the 1800s.

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Effigies: A Faye Longchamp Mystery #3

Faye Longchamp and Joe Wolf Mantooth have traveled to Neshoba County, Mississippi, to help excavate a site near Nanih Waiya, the sacred mound where tradition says the Choctaw nation was born.When farmer Carroll Calhoun refuses the archaeologists’ request to investigate an ancient Native American mound, Faye and her colleagues are disappointed. But his next action […] Read More →

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First, Do No Harm

The past comes rearing up to bite the next generation when a son digs too deep into his family’s past…. Martin Firestone can’t figure why his father, the eccentric painter Leo Firestone, is throwing a fit. All Martin did was tell his dad he’d been accepted to medical school. Then, Leo tells Martin a story […] Read More →

Forgotten at the Grocery

Today my co-writer Eric Mayer, or as we usually call him the silent partner, emerges from the shadows to guest blog. Take it away, Eric! — Mary Reed This time it was the three bean salad. It’s always something. The awful realization hits me when I’m halfway home, or hauling the bags out of the […] Read More →