Five things I thought about during my morning run:

1. Tess and Eric gone to Westernport.

2. One rain drop. Where's the rest?

3. Tink's tail is Vintage Blue. How and when did that happen?

Never thought I'd be writing mysteries. Looking back, when I first
started to love reading as a child, it was mysteries. I loved Trixie
Beldon. You know, I also never thought I'd be writing cookbooks. But
life is like that. You take the opportunities you are offered. Or not.
Here's the thing: I could still be sitting on the biography of Mrs. Rowe
and saying "I am not going to budge on this. It's a biography, not a
cookbook." But then, personally, I'd never have learned about food
writing or recipe writing and OH my life and my writing is so much
richer because of the choice I made. Also, the important thing is so
many more people know Mrs. Rowe's story–even in the abbreviated form.

So Maggie Rae's Scrapbooks is a story I've been thinking about for a
long time. On the one level, it's a "craft" mystery because the women
who solve the mysteries get together to scrapbook. On another level,
it's about the power of women's friendships and community. I was
inspired many years ago when I used to get together to scrapbook with a
variety of women. Some may think of it is a "cute" hobby–it can be
that. But look deeper. I think such a popular hobby deserves a deeper

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