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A Collection of Curiosities

Meet the Plotmonkeys!

Meet the Plotmonkeys: Writers and friends who keep me sane, make me laugh until I cry and help me beat my plots into something intelligible. Once or twice a year, I get together with the four lifesavers on the right. We pass around copies of the plots to our latest...

Double-Bagged Cat

A bit of morning silliness. Teen was challenged: can you double-bag the cat, Tesla, using nothing but the laser pointer?

Trust No One. Assume Nothing.

In the fall of 2015, my family visited the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. The experience begins when they lock you in a room and you choose your cover identity. You have minutes to prepare. Memorize your name, your age, your hometown,...

Where the Bodies Are Buried

Home renovations... so much fun. When we moved to Maryland, we bought a home that needed updates... When our contractor ripped up our old flooring, we found plywood underneath. No surprise that. What did strike me as odd, however, was that most of the plywood was of...

Gretna Green

When we took a family trip to Britain, one of the places I insisted upon visiting was Gretna Green. I wanted to see the famous marriage anvil, to step inside the old blacksmith’s shop I’d read about so many times in historical novels. I thought it would just be a...

A Perfect Castle

Do any of you love travel as much as I do? One of my greatest weaknesses are castles. Ruined or restored, I adore them. One of my all-time favorites is Burg Eltz. Unlike many other castles, it’s been in the same family for over 850 years. 850 years! It was never...

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