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Did you mind sharing the limelight, Mrs. C?

Did you mind sharing the limelight, Mrs. C?

Mrs. Crouch and I have been saving this afternoon for several weeks now for our date with Brandon,  a video producer from Fox13 News in Seattle.  He emailed that he was working on a story for a Halloween special about haunted places in Washington...

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In the eyes of the beholder…

In the eyes of the beholder…

Last summer -- or was it summer before last? -- Nyel and I were on a garage clean-out marathon.  Among the  things we put a "For Sale" sign on was the ugliest chair in the world.  It had been in the Back Forty for as long as I could remember.  I...

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A New Adventure?  Tell me your thoughts.

A New Adventure? Tell me your thoughts.

Today the Publishing Director of Arcadia's Children's Books called to revisit an idea with me.  We had talked about it some time ago -- the idea of adapting Ghost Stories of the Long Beach Peninsula for middle-schoolers as part of Arcadia's Spooky...

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Me! Warts and All! – for whatever it’s worth!

Me! Warts and All! – for whatever it’s worth!

Yesterday a link arrived to the podcast I did a few weeks ago with Jim Harold on his program "Ghost Insights."  I listened to it with fear and trepidation -- hearing myself being interviewed is a true horror to me.  Second only to seeing myself on...

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October:  Not Exactly As Planned

October: Not Exactly As Planned

I wonder when we'll be able to plan ahead with surety -- as in arranging to attend something or help sponsor something or...  Not for a while longer, would be my guess. A few months back, when events for October were being scheduled, it looked like...

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Not My Dish of Tea

Not My Dish of Tea

At seven this morning I was talking on the telephone to Jim Harold, host of  the "Ghost Insight" podcast (among many others).  He was interviewing me about Mrs. Crouch -- a very one-sided conversation and weird in the extreme.  In Mr. Harold's...

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I keep waiting for Mrs. Crouch to join me…

I keep waiting for Mrs. Crouch to join me…

Every time I give a book talk, I halfway expect to "hear" from Mrs. Crouch.  Not that she appears on demand, mind you.  In fact, as far as I know, she has never appeared at all.  But she does, occasionally, make herself known.  Years ago -- in the...

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See you Saturday-the-17th in Klipsan Beach!

See you Saturday-the-17th in Klipsan Beach!

I do believe I was born to party and that's what my book signing at BOLD felt like yesterday!  So many friends came to hear me talk and to buy books!  Friends from long ago.  Friends from afar.  Friends from the neighborhood.  Friends from...

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On the Patio at Bold tomorrow 2:00-4:00!

On the Patio at Bold tomorrow 2:00-4:00!

If you've not yet been into BOLD Art Framing and Espresso at 711 Pacific Ave N in Long Beach, by all means drop by tomorrow at 2 p.m. when I'll be chatting a bit about my new book, Historic Haunts of the Long Beach Peninsula.  After all, it's not...

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No matter how you slice it…

No matter how you slice it…

The labels on the packages said, "Historic Haunts of the Long Island Beach Peninsula."  SAY WHAT??  The Long Island Beach Peninsula???  I don't think so. The books were a rush order from Arcadia Publishing. We (meaning most every bookseller of...

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Not the Bay, Ira…  the River.

Not the Bay, Ira… the River.

As far as I know (though these days, I am sometimes a bit forgetful), I've never had the pleasure of meeting Ira Wesley Kitmacher.  He lives in nearby Ocean Park, according to his biographical material in the October 22nd "Our Coast Weekend" which...

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Rich With Mementos

Rich With Mementos

Despite Mrs. Crouch's efforts to low-key my ghost talk today, some 50 interested people showed up at the Senior Activity Center to hear me speak about Ghost Stories of the Long Beach Peninsula and the possibility of a follow-up book. And, more...

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