Category Archives: Brenda’s Posts

It’s All In The Name

We took a meander up the coast in mid-May hoping to spot warblers, but a weekend of dense fog turned us from birdwatchers to birdlisteners. It was fun all the same. Hiking through a coastal woodland with nature’s music as … Continue reading

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Rooting for Routine

Things have been a bit chaotic in my life this past month. In 2021 we learned the folly of waiting until spring to line up people to do things around the house that we can’t do ourselves. Covid-related materials shortages … Continue reading

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Help! I’m Wrestling with a Conundrum!

I’m grappling with a conundrum about point of view. Part of me loves writing in first person. Writing from the “I/we” perspective allows the main character’s personality to beam through. First person makes for an intimate bond between the reader … Continue reading

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My Dance of Fame, Again

I realize St. Patrick’s Day’s still ten days away, but my mother— a woman who celebrated her Irish heritage for the entire month of March—has been on my mind lately. Unbothered by the gray skies, the yo-yo temperatures and the … Continue reading

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Podcasts Galore

I spent a delightful hour or so this week talking writing with the amazing Julie Hennrikus, executive director of Sisters in Crime and the host of its terrific podcast. Julie’s a wonderful interviewer who drew me into discussions of my … Continue reading

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The Stack

Here it is folks, my Christmas Stack. My family and friends know what I like, and bless them, they come through year after year. I received a boodle of wonderful books this holiday season, perfect timing because with Covid surging … Continue reading

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O Tannenbaum, Revived!

When contemplating this month’s blog post I re-read a few of my past December offerings and decided this evergreen one, originally published on December 19, 2019,  deserved a reprint.  The ongoing pandemic has, of course, forced some changes in how … Continue reading

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Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories 2021

During my teenage years I went through a long period when I immersed myself in the short stories of great writers such as Shirley Jackson, Flannery O’Connor, James Baldwin and John Steinbeck. I read their full-length books as well, devoured … Continue reading

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New England Crime Bake Update

The ongoing pandemic is forcing us to ask the same plaintive question we’ve been asking since March, 2020— is whatever it is we’ve been yearning for actually going to happen? Is there a suitable outdoor venue so our favorite concert series … Continue reading

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I Read Ruth Moore

I’ve been re-reading Ruth Moore lately, inspired to revisit her novels by a familiar bumper sticker I spotted when we were in Deer Isle in May looking for migrating warblers. These blue and white declarations of literary loyalty are a … Continue reading

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