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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

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), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

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. 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 July 31, 2018.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lost and Found

How many times have you finished the laundry, folded your clothes, and come up a sock short? You backtrack and examine the washer and dryer, but one sock has mysteriously vanished. You frown and consider the possibility that house elves really do exist and yours have cold feet.

One family in Portland, Oregon solved the mystery of missing socks in their home. Their three year old Great Dane became very ill and subsequently the veterinarian pulled out 43 1/2 socks from the dog’s stomach! The article didn’t say where the other half of the sock went.

Last winter after an ill-considered snowball fight when I wasn’t wearing gloves, I noticed my wedding ring was missing. I looked everywhere—the front yard, the car, through pockets in my clothes and coats, even in drawers in the house, but no luck.

After a few months I had given up hope of ever again seeing my old but cherished ring. One day as I was walking through the living room, a sparkle from under a side table next to the couch caught my eye. I bent over to see what it was and, EUREKA, I found my ring along with a few dust bunnies. But how in the world did it end up there?

Some homeowners have found treasures as well as creepy things in their attics. They probably never expected to discover a Vincent Van Gogh masterpiece, cash in a bag from WWII, an original Huckleberry Finn manuscript, a mummy, or (scarily) a man stalking his ex-girlfriend.

Sometimes during renovations of very old houses people find objects like charms, bottles, dried cats, skulls, shoes, and clothes hidden in walls, ceilings, floors, or chimneys. It’s speculated that these hidden tokens follow ancient traditions to ward off evil spirits, bring good luck, or aid in fertility.

Shoes are the most common items discovered. If you happen to find old shoes (really old shoes, not PF Flyers or penny loafers) hidden in your house, Northampton Museums and Art Gallery maintains a Concealed Shoe Index and would like to add your find to their collection.
Have you lost or found anything unusual in your house?


James Montgomery Jackson said...

My personal favorite discovery was while we were renovating our 1795 house in Purdys, New York. Behind the plaster on the lathing were a child’s charcoal scribblings.

My mother had a habit of finding “the perfect Christmas present” months in advance and then storing it in a safe place. Some we only discovered when they moved from the home after aver 30 years of residency.

My favorite family discovery occurred when my grandfather bought a farm in Conesus, New York circa 1918. In the barn he found a leather satchel filled with documents mostly relating to Savanah, Georgia and northern parts of Florida dating from the late 1600s through the War of 1812. Some were in Spanish (having to do with Spanish militia during the War of 1812.

My grandfather kept the papers; when he died my father inherited them. When I moved to Savannah, I had them appraised for Dad and he donated them to the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah. No one has a clue how those papers came to be in that Conesus barn.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

We renovated a house when we were first married. The house had been built by a poor farming family. When we took down walls, we discovered their insulation was old newspapers from the WWI era. It also was the era of the women's suffrage movement. I read the editorials against women "who want to do man's work" and was surprised at the lack of prejudice and bonehead logic.

The best argument asked who would raise the children. I think that is the primary problem to this day. It's why I "stayed home" with my kids. I had the economic freedom to have the choice, which I realize now is considered a luxury. It's also a sad statement of our times. Some kids are pandered to, others neglected. The children always seem to be sacrificed.

There were also wonderful advertisements for products, some of which I had framed.

Warren Bull said...

I don't have any cute stories, but I do enjoy finding money in the pockets of my clothes when I put them on.

Kara Cerise said...

You’ve made many fascinating discoveries in your houses, Jim. The leather satchel is a treasure. I’m sure there’s a great story about how it ended up in your grandfather's barn.

I love that your mom tucked away presents in such a safe place that they were still there after 30 years.

What happened to the charcoal scribblings?

Kara Cerise said...

E.B., how interesting to come across a time capsule of WWI newspapers in the walls. I've read WWII newspapers and it does seem like core issues remain the same even though the wording, customs, and styles are different from our time.

Kara Cerise said...

Warren, unexpected money is always a nice surprise. I find a few coins whenever I do the laundry.

Shari Randall said...

When we moved into our circa 1920s Cape in Connecticut, we found that the previous owners very thoughtfully left a non-working tractor! We passed it on to the next buyers. The kids had a great time climbing on it.
Most of the houses I've moved into have been too new for any cool historical finds. Perhaps future buyers will delight in digging up our left behind Legos and Barbie shoes.

KM Rockwood said...

The late Erma Bombeck had an explanation for those missing socks.

She maintained that the socks we see are a stage in the development of some type insect, like the caterpillar stage of a butterfly.

The washing machine produces the ideal environment for the socks to move on to the next stage of development, when they appear in your closet as wire coat hangars.This is particularly true if you frequently use the services of a dry cleaner.

Kara Cerise said...

Shari, I bet your kids thought the tractor was cool! I’m sure the buyers of your Cape are enjoying it too. Our prior homeowners left a load of laundry in the dryer and some cans half-full (or half-empty depending on your outlook) of old paint.

Kara Cerise said...

Well, that explains the mystery of the disappearing socks, KM. Erma Bombeck had a fun and unique way of looking at the world. What a talented writer.