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WWK's May interviews will be: 5/2--indie author Bobbi Holmes, 5/9--TG Wolff (aka--Anita Devito), 5/16--Chocolate Bonbon author Dorothy St. James, 5/23--Lida Sideris, 5/30--Food Lovers' Village (and multiple Agatha winner) Leslie Budwitz. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

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Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), will be available on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here.

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with the authors in this anthology on 4/14! Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in August, 2018.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fifth Course of Chaos.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Valentines for Vets

Yes, Valentine's Day has become a day to help the greeting card, the candy and the florist businesses, but it also lifts the spirits of those who are the receipients of cards, flowers and candy, and it makes them feel loved. Of course, there are too many, like Charlie Brown, who feel neglected and unloved on this day.

Years after hubby left, and I didn't care anymore, I had a secret fantasy that a bouquet of flowers would be delivered to me, and the card would say "From a Secret Admirer." I'd lived alone long enough that I didn't really want my life cluttered with the maintenance of a "Secret Admirer," but flowers would be nice. Realistically, I didn't know how I'd get a "Secret Admirer" since I taught in an elementary school almost exclusively female, and the few men who worked there; principal, gym teacher and janitor were all happily married.

Still, it didn't mean I didn't get a plentiful amount of Valentines - dozens, in fact - and candy, too. Mostly Hershey kisses and suckers. Most of those Valentines were generic "To the teacher" and had the current cartoon character in favor that particular year; Sponge Bob, Spider Man, Tinkerbell, etc. But there were always a few larger, more expensive cards, too, those costing as much as a dollar, or even better, the handmade cards with sayings like "You're the best techer in the hole world."
It never ceased to amaze me how big Valentine's Day was to elementary school children. They started decorating their boxes at home far in advance. Well, at least most did. There was always that kid, who only remembered to tell his busy mom, while she was packing lunches and preparing for work, that he needed a Valentine's box that day while he was eating his breakfast. I kept white lunch bags on hand for those kids to put their Valentines into. Another thing that amazed me was how the kids so carefully read the messages on these generic cards as if the one who gave the card to them had written a personal message instead of scribbling their name on the back - if they even remembered to do that.

And that brings me to my message: Valentines for Vets. One of the things I had my students do every year after I heard about the program was to have them make Valentines for vets. Their handmade cards were decorated with drawings and construction paper hearts, and they wrote the most precious and often funny sentiments only a kid could think of. Like "Did you have fun in the war?" or "Were you afraid?"or "My Grandpa Jim was in the war. Do you know him?" Those cards had to have made the recipients smile. All the cards were placed in a large manila envelope and mailed to the nearest VA hospital. When I saw the annual plea for cards in the newspaper this year, I thought of those years and decided to do something like I lused to do. I went to the Dollar Store and bought enough cards for every member of my two book clubs, and took them to the meetings for the members to sign with a little message of appreciation for the vet's service to our country. Again, they went into a large envelope to mail to our nearest VA hospital. Why don't you send some, too? To get the address of your nearest VA hospital, go to: www.volunteer.va.gov.                                                  


Warren Bull said...

What a great idea.

E. B. Davis said...

Valentine's for Vets is a great idea. I remember making those Valentine's Day boxes in school, but I sure for some kids who are afraid that they won't get many, it isn't a terrific holiday. If I remember correctly, if we gave Valentine's we had to have one for each kid in the class--a good rule.

Alyx Morgan said...

I agree. It's a wonderful idea, & how cool of you to have your kids write them.

Gloria Alden said...

Because the kid packages usually have 30 Valentines, few kids didn't receive one from everyone. It's funny how so many noticed if they didn't get one from another student. Usually, it was one of those that didn't get signed or a kid who left all their Valentines at home that day. And yes, I made a point of telling my students in advance if they were giving out Valentines, they had to give one to everyone. I also did this for birthday parties. They were not allowed to pass out invitations to just a few. If they weren't allowed to have all the girls, or all the boys in the class, then the
invitations had to be issued out of school. I wasn't going to have any Charlie Browns in my class.

Pauline Alldred said...

Great idea, Gloria.

I'm sure this will sound strange to people born in the US but I lived in the UK and France until I was in my teens and sending cards on Valentine's Day, at Easter, Halloween, and, blasphemy of blasphemies, on Mother's Day was not a common practice. School kids throughout the year might scribble notes, I love you, and spend days plucking up the courage to send them to the chosen one. Practice may have changed in recent years with the increasing influence of America in Europe.

I'm sure it's always good to receive a note if you are a veteran that someone loves you.

Gloria Alden said...

I think Big Business has promoted the whole idea of cards for every occasion. Of course, I must admit I love getting cards. What about birthday and Christmas cards, Pauline? Are they sent? Actually, back in the dinosaur times I grew up in,I don't remember Valentine's Day being anything like what it is today.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Gloria, I love the Valentines for Vets concept. Wonderful!