Posted by Susan Sey May 31 2010, 5:05 am in Memorial Day, Susan Sey, tributes
by Susan Sey
Today is Memorial Day. Summer is now officially open for business. Up here in the north land, Memorial Day is when the swimming pools open up. It’s when public parks turn on the drinking fountains & put out the portapotties. It’s when we throw caution to the wind and finally plant the darn tomatoes, late season blizzards be damned.
It’s also the day our nation sets aside to pay tribute to the men and women who’ve died while serving in our armed forces.
This is not a surprise to me. Nor should it be at the end of my What Memorial Day Means to Me list. My dad served in a National Guard unit in the sixties. My Uncle Harry was Air Force. My grandpa served the Army in WWI. My father-in-law spent his entire career in the Air Force, and my brother-in-law flew fighter jets for the Navy. My Uncle Bill was…well, he was colorful. As I believe a lot of sailors are. But they all came through their service –thank God–healthy & whole.
And they brought stories with them when they came home. Lord, the stories these men brought home. My Uncle Bill especially. When we were kids we never got tired of hearing the one where he was standing guard on some ship & did the whole “Halt, who goes there?” routine on a superior officer named Marvel. A captain, as it happened. Captain Marvel.
Uncle Bill: “Halt! Who goes there?”
Captain Marvel: “Captain Marvel.”
UB: “Riiiiiiight. Really, now. Who goes there?”
CM, with strained patience: “Captain. Marvel.”
UB, skeptically: “Mmm-hmm. Mmmm-hmm. Captain Marvel?”
CM: “That’s right.”
UB: “Can I be Superman?”
Apparently, they really do make you peel potatoes for mouthing off in the military. That’s not just Beetle Bailey stuff. At least according to my Uncle Bill, who–admittedly–wasn’t the most reliable of sources. We were never sure when we were kids where the line was between fact & fiction when it came to his stories, but it hardly mattered. That wasn’t the point. It was all about the story and the picture he painted with his words and that three-pack-a-day-and-a-shot-of-whiskey voice.
Now when most people die, their friends and relatives tell stories about them at the funeral. When my Uncle Bill died, we told stories about his stories. It was a powerful reminder to me of how important stories are. They’re an honor and a tribute, a temporary recreation of something fleeting and human. They’re a kind of magic, really. And I can’t think of a better way to recognize the service and sacrifice of our soldiers than by performing that particular magic in their honor.
It’s war story day in the Lair! Pull up a log, sit around our virtual campfire, have a beer or a soda or a s’more and tell us about your favorite soldier. I’ll bet I’m not the only one with an Uncle Bill hanging out in the family tree. Come on–share!
Posted by crocodesigns May 30 2010, 6:31 am in Aunty Cindy explains it all for you, libraries, The Treasures of Venice, The Wild Sight
posted by Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy The DH and I just returned from a little jaunt to Utah and Colorado for our anniversary, and a fun time was had by all, especially when I discovered both The Wild Sight and The Treasures of Venice in the Pikes Peak Library District collection!We had visited Arches National Park and then Canyonlands both in Utah before we decided to drive up Pikes Peak in Colorado. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the ranger station, we were told that the summit was closed due to 90 mph winds! ACK! We definitely didn’t want to
Posted by Trish Milburn May 29 2010, 5:01 am in Uncategorized
On this day 40 years ago, in a small town in Kentucky, I was born. No matter how many times I do the math, I can’t believe I’m 40. I don’t feel 40. Curious about what else might have happened on all the May 29th dates in history, I did a little research and here’s what I found: In 1453, Constantinople fell to the Turks, who renamed it Istanbul. In 1660, Charles II was restored to the English throne after 11 years of commonwealth under Oliver Cromwell. It happened to be Charles’ 30th birthday. (Interesting, since I just started watching
Posted by Anna Campbell May 29 2010, 3:00 am in Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, My Reckless Surrender
Oh, my aching head! Thanks so much to everyone for a wonderful launch day on the Bandits yesterday! I had real trouble picking three winners, but after much ado, they are:Chelley (who deserves a book after dealing with the chook!) Danielle Ferries S7anna Congratulations, girls! Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with your snail mail details and I’ll sort out your books for you!
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell May 28 2010, 4:00 am in Uncategorized
posted by Suzanne After yesterday’s blowout in the Lair with Anna’s launch party, I think most of us need a day of recovery. So today’s blog is a salute to ways to waste time. Some of these ways will be very laid back and lazy, others might surprise you. 1. Reading.Yep, my most favorite way to waste time is to read. From the time I brought home my first library book to this very afternoon, I find nothing more enjoyable than wiling away the day or evening or night with my nose in a book. This drove my father crazy.
Posted by Anna Campbell May 27 2010, 4:02 am in Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, book launch party, My Reckless Surrender
by Anna Campbell Scene: The Bandit War Cabinet Room which is even further underground than the Writers Deadline Cave which featured in all its fiendish glory in Christine’s launch at the beginning of the month.We interrupt this bulletin to bring you an important message! PLAGIARISM GURU: This is looking suspiciously like Christine’s launch! SHEEPISH AUTHOR (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH ROOSTERISH BANDITA): Um… PG: Is that all you’ve got to say for yourself? SA: Well, not really! I’ve got a whole launch post ahead of me. It would be a bit sad if I stopped now, wouldn’t it? PG: Don’t
Posted by Nancy Northcott May 26 2010, 5:15 am in Bandita book recommendations, cabana boys, dark and stormy nights, gladiators, The Lair
a group effort posted by Nancy Rain lashed the Lair’s windows (mullioned casements in the historical wing, sliding sashes in the contemporary area and the kitchen). Wind howled around the stone walls. In the kitchen, Sven sat with Paolo, the new cabana boy, to help him with his first night shift. “I’d say it’s a dark and stormy night,” Sven muttered, “but they have a rule against that particular line.” “I don’t get it,” Paolo said. “If none of them live here, why do we have a night shift? Why do they care what we say?” Sven sighed. “Because–” “They’re
Posted by Kate Carlisle May 25 2010, 5:10 am in Diana Orgain, Festival of Mystery, Hannah Dennison, Kate Carlisle, Malice Domestic
By Kate Earlier this month, I attended the annual Malice Domestic Conference in Arlington, Virginia. This is a very fun fan conference dedicated to the traditional mystery genre, and it’s famous as the home of the prestigious Agatha Award. The Malice conference is also famous for an event known as Malice-Go-Round, which has been described as speed dating for authors. Take one large conference room, mix in 40 authors, add 160 readers sitting at 20 tables, and start the clock. Authors move from one table to the next, where they have exactly two minutes to pitch their latest books and
Posted by Beth Andrews May 25 2010, 3:55 am in Bandit Booty, Beth Andrews
Thank you all so much for helping me celebrate the release of DO YOU TAKE THIS COP? The winner of a copy of DYTTC is… Kirsten!! Congratulations! Please send me your snail mail info at: email@example.com and I’ll get your book out to you right away
Posted by Guest May 24 2010, 3:55 am in Uncategorized
by KJ Howe Please welcome Gabi Stevens who is going to share a little magic with us today! Sometimes life gets in the way of, well, life. You have a day job, dentist appointment, a headache, shopping to do, or dinner to make. Something. Anything that keeps you from doing what you want. Let’s face it; life isn’t all about lollipops and unicorns. We have responsibilities and things we have to do, not necessarily things we want to do. So how do we find the magic when life is getting in the way of life? Attitude. One of my favorite