Category Archives: Brenda’s Posts

Walking the Winter Beach, Redux

Dear MCW blog readers:  Sometimes I scroll back through old posts and come upon one that’s ripe for a re-run, and so it is with this March, 2017 post about our Sunday beach-walking ritual. Forecaster chatter this week is we’re … Continue reading

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The Scent of Balsam

The simplest thing can bring on the flood. A song. A scent. The shiny red-green-gold beads in a strand of garland. It’s Christmastime, and for me, sentiment comes easy. Putting up the tree triggers the memories, doesn’t it? Last weekend … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks For And About Our Writing Lives

Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude, to celebrate with family and friends the positive events and accomplishments in our lives, the blessings, if you will, that enrich our days. Maine’s crime writers are much like a family. We spend … Continue reading

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Building Community

We don’t talk about it much, but we writers are all about building community. In this time of strife and struggle, that’s a valuable thing. Last weekend I went to Books in the ‘Brook, a monthly salon for readers and … Continue reading

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Library Love

A discussion on Twitter this past weekend asked people to tweet about the libraries they love the most. I follow a lot of writers, so was not one bit surprised by the number of shout-outs for people’s hometown libraries. For … Continue reading

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Making Writing Space, Redux

We’re just back from our annual visit to beautiful Brooklin, Maine, the inspirational place I wrote about here on MCW three Augusts ago. We had two marvelous weeks there this year (which means, of course, twice the bracing swims, twice the stunning sunsets and … Continue reading

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Early Summer Writing Retreat

Many hours of uninterrupted time. Near-complete quiet. A sublime swimming spot. That’s what I needed and that’s what I got Fourth of July week. Dear friends own a camp in North Waterford, on one of the Five Kezar Ponds. They offered … Continue reading

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