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Tips from the 2015 California Crime Writers Conference

  AS A MEMBER of Sisters-in-Crime and Mystery Writers of America, I’ve attended all their combined conferences so far, and agree with everyone (even Anne Perry), this was the best one yet.  I love the camaraderie of fellow writers. I eagerly chat with them and sit in on their panel discussions. I commiserate with their…

LETTERS & CARDS – Send ’em!

This is the fourth in a six-post series on letter writing (check the right side column for previous ones), inspired by an article in the Orange County Register’s Parade magazine (March 15, 2015), titled Letters That Changed Our World by Liz Welch. “A fan letter plays a starring role in Al Pacino‘s new movie, Danny Collins,” Welch writes. “He stars as…

“SANTA CLAUS” LETTERS

On Sept. 21, 1897, The New York Sun published what was to become the most widely read letter to a newspaper. It was sent by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who lived with her parents in Manhattan. Below is the full text of that letter. Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends…

LOVE LETTERS & UN-LOVE LETTERS

This is the second in a six-post series on letter writing, inspired by an article in the Orange County Register’s Parade magazine (March 15, 2015), titled Letters That Changed Our World by Liz Welch. Love letters…. what gal (and maybe guy) doesn’t sigh when thinking of (or re-reading) love letters they’ve received?  These tender missives are usually…

LETTERS, LETTERS, LETTERS!

I’m talking about the ones you write TO someone, not the alphabetized ones you see posted in upper and lower case in elementary class rooms. How many letters have you written to someone this year so far? (Confession is good for the soul!) Not emails or texts, but REAL letters written on paper with a…

The Fragrance of My Father’s Love

by David Atherton Shortly after I was born, my folks started their Jungle Training in preparation for their move as Bible Translators in the Philippines. Jungle camp was located in some dank, dark Mexican jungle. I recall nothing from that excursion, but, Dad told me I almost died of malaria or a related malady while…