Category Archives: Barb’s Posts

How I Really Spent My First Maine Winter

Hi. Barb here. If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you know Brenda Buchanan and I have been having a bit of a good-natured back and forth about the virtues of Maine in the winter time. She maintains it … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Year

Hi folks–I’m on a February 1, double deadline, so today I’m rerunning an old favorite. See you next time. Barb A Writer’s Year By Noel Farquar, author of The Mean Streets and Fire Hydrants of Chicago, Ballou O’Brien Mystery#1 January: … Continue reading

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Moving to Maine, Part 2

Move to Maine they said. It’s not as cold and snowy as you think, they said. The ocean mitigates the temperature on the coast, they said. To which I say, “HA!” Actually, I’m not in Maine. We’re on our annual … Continue reading

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Stowed Away Released

by Barb in Virginia enjoying the holidays with family Yesterday was the release day for the sixth Maine Clambake Mystery, Stowed Away. The book takes place in Busman’s Harbor as an enormous motor yacht waits for a major retrofit in … Continue reading

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Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

by Barb, who’s beginning to feel it’s a lot like Christmas A few years ago, I had the chance to take a class sponsored by Sisters in Crime New England with Donald Maass based on his book Writing the Breakout … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving: My Grandmother’s Yellow Turnips

Yesterday, I made my grandmother Ethel McKim’s yellow turnips. I’ve written before about the recipe books she made for my sister-in-law and me the year before she died. Yellow turnips (also called rutabagas) were a particular feature of family feasts … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas–in Books

by Barb, who voted in Maine for the first time on Tuesday. Even after all these years of voting, it was kind of thrilling No, I’m not rushing the holiday. I promise. It’s just that Christmas books typically come out … Continue reading

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