Starting on 11/28 WWK presents original short stories by some of our authors. Here's our lineup:

11/28 Debra H. Goldstein, "Thanksgiving in Moderation"

12/5 Annette Dashofy, "Las Posadas--A New Mexico Christmas"

12/12 Warren Bull, "The Thanksgiving War"

12/19 KM Rockwood, "The Gift of Peace"

12/26 Paula Gail Benson, "The Lost Week of the Year"

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November Interviews
11/6 Barbara Ross, Nogged Off
11/13 Lena Gregory, Scone Cold Killer
11/20 Lois Winston, Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide
11/27 V. M Burns, Bookmarked For Murder

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
11/2 V. M. Burns
11/9 Heather Redmond
11/16 Arlene Kay

WWK Bloggers: 11/23 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology was released on June 18th.

Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.

Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: or at Amazon:

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30. It is now also available in audio.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Martin's Words

Today is our national celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Thousands will visit the new Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, DC, to pay tribute.

It is not enough to say, "We must not wage war." It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but on the positive affirmation of peace.

The memorial opened to great fanfare in 2011, the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, but also to controversy. Many felt that the statue did not resemble King. Many objected to the “Drum Major” quote that, taken out of context, indicated a self regard that those who knew Dr. King and his work believed was antithetical to his memory. Repairs and revisions were made.

There is no question, however, that the wall of quotes surrounding the memorial is a hit with visitors. Few men are as quotable as King, and his words resonate with the best that is in us. 
In honor of the day, here are a few quotes from the wall of the memorial.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
Also, click here for a link to the digital archives of the King Center, where you can view thousands of pages of letters, speeches, and sermons. Most fascinating are the images of the draft versions of the words that live on today.


E. B. Davis said...

The quotes are wonderful. They remind me of Bible verses. Thanks for the pictures. Like many residents around the D. C., I rarely go to the mall and tour like a visitor. Only when I have guests in town do I do that stuff. Thanks for providing pictures, Shari.

James Montgomery Jackson said...

We've come so far and yet we have hardly begun.

~ Jim

Carla Damron said...

Thanks for posting these quotes. They certainly resonate, and I suspect they will for eons to come.

Shari Randall said...

I'm with you, E. B. We have lived here long enough that I only go into DC when I take visitors around.

Jim and Carla, so right. You would be heartened to see all the people at the MLK Memorial who walk slowly around the wall of quotes, really taking it in. And the kids taking photos of the quotations always surprises me - in a good way. One can only hope that in some small way, the message will stay with them.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Shari, thanks for bringing us these quotes and images along with your observations about visitors' reactions. So much to remember and think about today.

Gloria Alden said...

Shari, I'm adding my thanks for a beautiful post. I'm glad we have a day to honor Martin Luther King. I hope to someday be able to visit his memorial.

Sherry Harris said...

It is so easy to think of it as a day off. Thanks for the great reminder it is so much more!

Warren Bull said...

Thanks for reminding us of what is important.

Anonymous said...

Powerful words indeed.

My only objection to having this as a holiday is that I think Martin Luther King would roll over in his grave thinking that schools were closed on his birthday (or the day we celebrate it.) He valued education. I have a feeling he would have preferred them to instead be open extended hours.

Kara Cerise said...

Thank you for sharing King's wise and beautiful words, Shari. May his message live on to inspire future generations.

Shari Randall said...

Hi everyone - thanks for posting. KM - I know what you mean. At least the King holiday has been spared the car sales that spring up on Presidents Day and Memorial Day. All I can do is wonder what Washington or Jefferson would think of that!

Sarah Henning said...

Great post. The quotes are wonderful and still powerful to this day.