Category Archives: Barb’s Posts

My Friend, Lea Wait

by Barb, listening to the gulls outside her window and feeling wistful In normal circumstances, eulogies come after a person is gone, which has always seemed like a terrible waste to me. And because my friend Lea Wait has been … Continue reading

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A Day on Monhegan, redux

Sorry, folks. I have an August 1, deadline, so I am giving you a rerun. (Remember before streaming TV when summer was all about reruns?) This one a memory of a beautiful trip two years ago. by Barb, writing on … Continue reading

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A Fourth of July Weekend in Boothbay Harbor

by Barb enjoying a fabulous run of Maine weather Our family gathered in our house in Boothbay Harbor over the Fourth of July. Because the fourth was on a Wednesday this year, we started arriving on Tuesday, with more arrivals … Continue reading

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Crime Fiction—Agent of Social Change

Hi. Barb Ross here. Please welcome Maine author Charlene D’Avanzo back to the blog. Today Charlene writes about something I also strongly believe in–fiction as a vehicle of social change. Welcome, Charlene! Not long ago I was a college professor … Continue reading

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The Stakes

by Barb, in her office in Portland, Maine, enjoying the breezes For a little more than a year, I’ve been doing a library/conference presentation called “Mystery Making: How They Do It!” (or some such, local listings may vary) with Sheila … Continue reading

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Re-Reading Miss Marple

by Barb, working in her new study in Portland, Maine. There are still some boxes to go through, but it’ll do for now I’ve been working on a new project for my publisher, Kensington Books. It’s actually an update of … Continue reading

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My Comfort Animal

Dear Friend, You ask about my experience with a comfort animal. As you’ll recall, there was a lot of talk around the place during our brief institutionalization about the value of comfort animals. Frankly, I was inclined to see it … Continue reading

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