They were using it as a trash dump. None of the forces took notice of the old gate on a bare mound of land in northern Syria.
Had ISIS explored the area before being driven out in 2016, they would have found the ancient ruins of an early Christian church, a refuge for Christians from the Roman government.
Continue reading “Ancient Ruins of The Ancient of Days”
Sometimes God will use the unusual to remind us to pray for those we don’t know, like the kids in our neighborhood and the family down the street.
It happened a few years ago at the house down the street. You know the one. The creepy one. No one knew for sure what was going on inside that house. Continue reading “Stan…By Me”
It’s a well known fact that dogs are the best, smartest, best – oops, I already said best – greatest animals on the planet. (FYI -it won’t do you any good to argue this point with me)
Dogs are so awesome they can even solve crimes! K9 units play a vital role along side law enforcement in the investigation of criminal activity. Continue reading “Who Put The Dog In My Cozy?”
Let’s face it, life is hard. Stress is one of those “certain” things we just can’t avoid. From the moment the alarm goes off in the morning until we crawl back into bed, stress happens. Count on it. Continue reading “Chocolate, Stress, and a Cozy Mystery”
- “Do you promise that your detectives shall well and truly detect the crimes presented to them using those wits which it may please you to bestow upon them and not placing reliance on nor making use of Divine Revelation, Feminine Intuition, Mumbo Jumbo, Jiggery-Pokery, Coincidence, or Act of God?”
- “Do you solemnly swear never to conceal a vital clue from the reader?”
- “Do you promise to observe a seemly moderation in the use of Gangs, Conspiracies, Death-Rays, Ghosts, Hypnotism, Trap-Doors, Chinamen, Super-Criminals and Lunatics; and utterly and forever to forswear Mysterious Poisons unknown to Science?” (note: the mention of “Chinamen” was included as a criticism to the use racial cliches prevalent in 1920s English writing)
- “Will you honour the King’s English?”
Continue reading “And Then There Was…Murder”
Murder. Mayhem. Clues, Suspects, and Lies. A red herring or two. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Throw in an amateur sleuth, a small charming town or village, a cast of eccentric characters, a victim, and you have a cozy mystery.
Sound a little like Cabot Cove? Jessica Fletcher and Murder, She Wrote is an iconic picture of what a cozy mystery is. Cozies focus on plot and character development; they are like a puzzle you can’t stop working. Continue reading “The Comfy Cozy Mystery”
Agatha Christie did it. Sue Grafton did it. They wrote murder mysteries using the alphabet. Fiction, gratefully.
True crime instances of alphabet murders exist. Sadly.
I love reading a good mystery, and Christie and Grafton gave us some great reads using the alphabet. But for me, there are four letters of the alphabet that bring fear, anger, and sadness.
Anyone who knows me knows I love my dogs. I have an enduring affection for Pomeranians. For me, there’s no better breed, and they have the best, biggest fluffy tails ever. Ever. Continue reading “Mystery of the Killer Letters”
It happened on a dark, dreary night…laundry night.
Okay, it wasn’t really a dreary night, just laundry night. But you have to admit, laundry night is its own kind of dreary.
Everything was going along as usual, move one load to the dryer, put another load into the washer. I was folding my first load out of the dryer when it happened. I wasn’t looking for trouble, but hey, laundry can be trouble all by itself. Continue reading “The Irrational Mystery”
A stormy weekend
Multiple cups of coffee
iPhone set to “Do Not Disturb”
Piles of ignored laundry
A good book
Me Continue reading “The Good Book Mystery”
Perfection. The epitome of the highest quality of skill, character, talent, or beauty. It’s easy to understand what perfection is, but it is so hard to attain.
I must confess that I am a perfectionist, almost obsessive in my pursuit. For years I served in music ministry in various churches. I served as choir director, as worship leader, and as music minister. I played various instruments in our church orchestra or praise band. Continue reading “Mystery of Imperfection”