Wednesday, August 20, 2014


I speak out but no one listens or replies. Is anyone out there thinking about issues that shock, surprise, horrify?

The police killings in Ferguson? The unarmed black man was shot SIX times. I think the police officer should be charged with murder. One shot would have solved the problem. Why shoot in the first place? Having a gun handy is an invitation to shoot.

Another young aboriginal girl has been murdered and her body dumped in a Manitoba river. Big fuss about the number of aboriginal girls and women gone missing or murdered. What to do with women and girls who put themselves in harm's way?

Change of topic.  A dream wakened me yesterday morning. I saw the pretty cover of a paper back book. The cover had trees and flowers in pinks and blues. Although I didn't read the name of the book on the cover I knew what it was: HOW TO DO HAPPY THINGS.

Good title for a book except all kinds of things have been written on the subject. Google it and find out. I wonder why it came to me in a dream.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014


There are days when I think parts of the world have gone mad. A small group have been chased away from their homes because the murderous ISIS want to kill them. All because they have a particular Muslim Christian beliefs and for that they must die. The poor souls took refuge on a mountain and are being rescued by American fighter/bombers taking out ISIS strongholds. Other countries are sending in aid so the poor folks will have something to eat and drink.

This is so sad. I think of the little children suffering and the older children unable to attend school. Is there a future? What can Canada do?

Robert Fulford had a brilliant essay in the National Post yesterday. "Mid-Century Judaism." Where he recounts the achievements of Jewish designers in furniture, clothing, architecture. It's worth a read. In the midst of the terrorists, Hamas, trying to kill all Jews, it's important to remember how much Jews have contributed to all aspects of our society.

Is hate stronger than love? If you know the answers please let me know. You can Tweet me or send a message on Facebook or comment on this Blog.

 The fog horns are blowing over the sea and the mist is drifting, soft and quiet. So peaceful.

So much to do. So little time. I'm too old to take on world problems. It's up to the younger generations to change the world - a little bit at a time. Smiling will help a little bit.

I think I'm wandering off on different topics. I read my three daily newspapers and books to energize my brain. . I'll e-mail Robert Fulford and tell him how much I enjoyed his essay, "Mid-Century Judaism."

I urge you to buy my romance novels, my non-fiction book, The House at Bridal Veil, and my mystery, THE GHOST WRITER MYSTERY. Enjoy


Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Our weather on Vancouver Island continues. I'd like to bottle it and have a Genie bring it out on a miserable winter day and wrap it around me. Aladdin and your Lamp. Where are you when I need you?

Gone the way of all magic so I must weave my own. Counting my blessings. I often do when I'm out walking and stop to listen to  the sound of the surf. I am blessed being able to walk and listen and view the scene in front of my eyes. The snow capped mountains across the way in Washington. The sea sparkling in the sun. And the gulls screeching. They are always around. They fly by my front windows and leave huge white droppings. It's life and my windows will be cleaned.

The cruise ship season is in full swing here. Very large ships and one or two smaller ones. I can't imagine being on a ship with 2565 passengers and crew. They are floating hotels. Then someone gets sick with gastroenteritis and all hell breaks loose.

I have too many books waiting to be read and am feeling a bit overwhelmed. One of them, I have to read and send a short review within a week!!! Not enough time.

And I'm writing my mystery, having passed 35,000 words and no end in sight. How did this happen?

Does anyone read this Blog? Why am I writing it? It's keeping a second diary. I write in my diary at night and my Blog fills in the cracks - when I remember to write in my Blog.

In the meantime I have to go and read. Remember to purchase my books. All are available in e-published form and very inexpensive.


Saturday, August 2, 2014


Egad, I had my named spelled wrong on my last post. To-day, August 2nd. I phoned my cousin, Helen, in St. John's, Nfld, yesterday. Heat record broken, 30 deg.C and humid.

I'm putting together some of my work ( not published) because I am often asked if I'm still writing. I never stop. Writers write, simple as that. In the display will be: three Memoirs, ON BEING SIX.  ON BEING EIGHT-SEVEN - ON BEING NINETY. Also two children's stories, Atlantic Crossing, August/September 1944. And:



I'm the only member of my family who recalls events as far back as 1920 and onwards to the present time. I wrote my memoirs for my family so the events of my life would not be lost.

Have you written your memoirs? Start anywhere. "How I learned to swim," something like that.It doesn't have to be brilliant. Give your memory a work-out. Stir up those "little grey cells," and see what happens.

I'm slowly progressing with my murder/mystery, Phyllis

Are  you buying my books, my five romance novels and my newly published e-book, THE GHOST WRITER MYSTERY? Let's make it a best seller, Price, $1.99.

A VERY DIFFICULT MAN, my historical romance is selling well in the UK. Not hundreds of books but enough to make me feel good.

ISABELLE'S DIARY.  ISABELLE'S STORY.  RING AROUND THE MOON.  TOO YOUNG TO DIE. All are available as e-books. Very reasonable for great reads. If you like the feel of a book in your hands, they are available is trade paperback.



Monday, July 21, 2014


My family are flying home to England late this afternoon. I had a wonderful time playing with my beautiful Great Granddaughter, Caroline. She is smart and working hard on standing up. That's all about that. Family news is only interesting to other members of the family.

I am reading P.D.James, "A Fragment of Autobiography." She had the first book she wrote picked up by a publisher and she acquired an agent. Her talent was that good from the get-go. What is obvious is her use of language. She had a good education and it shows.

One of things she regrets is the change in teaching children. No one has to memorize poetry or scenes from plays. My memory goes way back when and I can recite poetry I learned when I was 12 or 13 years old.

Do you ever have a song running through your head and wonder where it has come from. To-day I was singing to myself, "The Teddy Bear's Picnic."

"If you go down in the woods to-day, you're in for a big surprise.
If you go down in the woods to-day, You'd better go in disguise.etc."

God only knows what's stored inside my head and your head.

I hope you are buying copies of my e-book, THE GHOST WRITER MYSTERY.  $1.99 and making it a best seller.

Remember my romance novels, They are all available in trade paper back and as e-books.



A Very Difficult Man is a  historical novel. Isabelle's Diary is contemporary. Isabelle's  Story is  historical. Ring Around The Moon is a time travel. Too Young To Die is a murder mystery.


Saturday, July 12, 2014


A great flight of gulls has flown overhead. They have pooped all over my front window so it has to be washed again. I was shocked to learn that gulls are a protected species here in Canada! Why? Same as raccoons and they are a huge problem in Toronto where they breed like...raccoons.

Her in Victoria urban deer are a huge problem. They breed happily and there are no predators to eat them up. A cougar roaming might scare them but cougars also eat pet cats and are a danger to we mortals.

I have my grandson, his wife and my great granddaughter Caroline arriving to morrow for a five day visit. I have booked them into a private suite where I live. The weather is perfectly terrific, summer but not too hot. The breeze off the sea keeps us cool at night.

I had a notion to read something written by Charles Dickens so I started reading The Old Curiosity Shop. Dickens creates such evil characters, without any redeeming qualities. I'm enjoying the story and all the characters Nell and her grandfather meet on the road.

I shall write a page or two on my book, Phyllis. Writing is such a pleasure. I have no deadlines. Nobody wants me. I'll see how this book turns out.

My books are out there awaiting to entertain you. All are in e-book format. Easy to buy. Try it.


Monday, July 7, 2014


Sigh. I've given up on the theme, GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY. Some bright old dame has written a book or an article or something called, Growing Old Disgracefully. Can't beat that for a title so I quit. I'm growing old and that is that! Actually I don't want to be Disgraceful. what ever that means.

So where do I stand now? My left foot is still a bit sore so I can't walk as far as I like.

 I'm writing Phyllis. I'm almost at 30,000 words and am not sure what the mystery is that's driving the story. I think that's most peculiar. I should know who is doing what to whom, and when and where and what is the outcome. Haven't a clue. It will reveal itself in good time as I write.

Great article in the Globe and Mail to-day about the importance of reading to children from when they are little. Read every day until they can learn to read. Read and sing and talk to them every day. To reduce illiteracy leave children's books in doctor's offices. Carry a book or two with you when you go out with your kids. Giving your children the gift of literacy is a treasure beyond price.

Back to me and my books. Are you buying my e-book, THE GHOST WRITER MYSTERY? Please push me into the best seller list! Is that possible? Worth a try. It costs $1.99


If I had had any sense when I started writing I should have written a series. Readers love series. But it's too late for me.  My present book, Phyllis, is a stand alone mystery. Whether it will ever find a publisher is moot. We shall see. I write for pleasure.

Enjoy the day. The sun is shining here and there's no wind. Blue sky. Blue sea. The snow on the Olympic mountains is shining white.