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May 2, 2013

A minor medical problem kept me from the Romantic Times conference in Kansas City. I have been truly miserable about it. I had planned this trip for months. I was looking forward to seeing old friends, meeting readers. This morning I spoke with Thea Divine. "It's raining here," she told me. I had to admit it was gorgeous here on the east end of Long Island which means across the L.I. Sound where Thea lives its a wonderful day too. Blue skies. Bright Sunshine. No clouds. I picked up a couple of tomato and pepper plants, some pea and cucumber plants, and a few herb plants for the garden. The weather is making me feel like gardening. And then my oldest granddaughter, Cora, stopped in on her way home from school. "I got on the bus," she said, "but then I got off. It was so beautiful, Grammi, I decided to walk home." I thought that was pretty cool. But then I think Cora is pretty cool. She's growing up so fast. And then Kathryn Falk just e-mailed me from Kansas City that they are expecting SNOW! Miss you all, but glad I'm on the North Fork planting stuff in the warm spring sunshine.

~ Bertrice

April 15, 2013

Your most faithful author has developed a kidney infection, and has been told she cannot travel. I will therefore not be at RT in Kansas City later this month. I am so sorry I will not be able to meet with those of you coming or be at the book fair on Saturday morning. As one of Kathryn Falk's best friends who was at the very first one day conference 30 years ago I am very disappointed.

~ Bertrice

March 8, 2013

All I have ever expected the government to do is keep the roads and bridges in good repair, and keep us out of wars if possible. It doesn't seem like a great deal considering the taxes they collect. Especially since I feel I should be able to keep more of what I earn than the IRS gets. So when the government tells me "they" are going to give me an "extra" hour of daylight I wonder how they managed to cram a 25th hour into the day. But of course they haven't.

Back in the dark ages when I was younger Daylight Savings Time began at the end of May, and ended at the end of October. We all looked forward to it then. Summer was coming in, and the nights were much shorter than in the wintertime when the sun set at 4:30 in the afternoon. But the plain truth is there are 24 hours in a day no matter what time you want to say it is. Turning my clock forward an hour in mid-March just doesn't seem right to me. It's still winter for pete's sake. Spring doesn't officially arrive until 7:02 a.m. on March 20th.

I don't remember when this change to mid-March from the end of May took place, but I suspect the government must have been distracting us from something it was doing that we wouldn't approve of. At least that's my theory, and in my little world it just means a lot of people are going to be late for church this Sunday.

~ Bertrice

February 28, 2013

Things like this don't happen in Southold. We're a safe community. We pride ourselves on being able to raise our children without the stresses suffered by others. And yet now a sixteen year old girl has gone missing in Southold. Even the NYC TV stations are carrying the story.

It is said there was a suicide note. But no one knows for certain. Her Facebook page was filled lately with dark thoughts she shared for all to read. And classmates reading those postings notified the school authority. Unfortunately the last posting with its mentions of a "watery grave" was posted last Sunday night, and on Monday morning she went missing. A pretty girl, she wore hearing aids in both ears. They were left behind. So was her wallet, her identification, the medications she had to take daily. It is said she was teased by some. Was that cruelty enough to send this child over the edge?

As of Thursday night there has been no trace of her. Her mother is both devastated and terrified for her daughter. Her schoolmates organized a search of their own today. The kids are very upset. Things like this just don't happen in Southold. Except now it has.

~ Bertrice

January 14, 2013

I always check the junk mail folder to make certain something legitimate didn't get caught up in it. It doesn't happen very often, but it can. Of late I'm suddenly getting tons of junk mail every day unlike in the past, i.e. a couple of months ago when I got next to nothing. What's happened?

And do you notice what you are getting? Canadian pharmacies by the gross, and lots of "Susie thinks your cute and wants to meet you". Yes, I know it should be "you're" but its usually "your". Susie needs to concentrate on getting her edjumacation instead of looking for partners. And how about your friend, "Mary" who finds herself stranded in Spain or somewhere else, her passport and money stolen, who needs you to send her $300. so she can get home? Awww, come on, scammers. That's hardly original, but I guess it works on some people.

But best of all is all the singles, i.e. Christian, Jewish, Senior, etc. for me to check out. No, I don't. I usually delete all the junk mail in one fell swoop. I'm just not interested. Are you? And shouldn't there be some way of avoiding all this crap? Here we live in this amazing technological age, but can't prevent junk mail. Or can we? Is it just my lack of tech knowledge? Is there some secret I don't know?

~ Bertrice

January 5, 2013

Happy New Year to you all! I've spent the last few days getting the office ready for work. I like it to be a neat environment, but somehow over the holidays the mail and the bills pile up and suddenly all the files need to be done for the new year, the old files stored away, the tax information gathered. How does my work space get so messy without my knowing it? LOL! Well it's all done now, and I've been teaching Delilah, the new kitten, that just because Mommy is sitting down she can't get into my lap unless invited. The PC fascinates her with its moving arrow, especially when I play Solitare. But I'm ready now for work. And the third book in The Silk Merchant's Daughters series will be done within the next 4 weeks. Stay tuned!

~ Bertrice


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