Weekly Wisdom – The Penny Mason Post

Almost anybody can write a good love story. It’s much harder and more interesting to find out what it takes to be married for 50 years.

-Diana Gabaldon on writing the Outlander books.

Weekly Wisdom – The Penny Mason Post

Shared stories make our world smaller and life is the real mystery –

Lea Wait, author of the Mainely Needlepoint Mysteries and other great books written for entertainment and the sharing of history

A Muder of Crows Receives Rave Reviews

Here’s a link to an opinion piece about the recently published anthology, A Murder of Crows, in which Penny Mason Publications associate, Kathryn Gerwig’s story, “The Martens and the Murder Attempt Appears.”

The book would make a great gift for Christmas or a surprise post-Christmas winter present for friends who love animals – and crime stories in which no animals were harmed.

Check out the review and this link to an interview with Sandra Murphy, the book’s editor.

Here’s a link to order the book through its publisher: Darkhouse Books 

Merry Christmas and Happy Reading from Penny Mason Publications!

Announcing . . . . A Murder of Crows – Anthology – By Darkhouse Books – Fun Stories for Lovers of Animals and Crime Stories

Associate writer Kathryn Gerwig’s story “The Martens and the Murder Attempt” appears in this excellent anthology for lovers of animals and crime stories — A Murder of Crows by Darkhouse Books.

Her tale follows a young couple from Ohio to New England where they make a new life for themselves and experience an adventure which includes the clever little martens that live in the surrounding woodland.

No animals were harmed in any of these intriguing tales so they’re pet and nature lover friendly.

Find it on Amazon. The price is right, so order a few extras for the readers on your Christmas list.


Weekly Wisdom – The Penny Mason Post

There’s nothing more fun than lying in the grass under a tree – daydreaming – making up a story!

I’m still in love with what I do, with the idea of making things up, so hours when I write always feel like very blessed hours to me.

Stephen King
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/stephen_king

Fun Thrift Shop Find – Love these Quaint Little Beatrix Potter? Bunnies – Great Easter Picture . . .

Peter Rabbit is one of my favorite tales, though I’ve suffered from a strong sense of empathy always. I was so sorry Peter was sickened by the berries, even though it was supposed to have taught him a lesson.

A Wonderful Gift of Nostalgia for Christmas – and some timeless advice for the New Year as well . . .

Who didn’t love Little Golden Books? Such fun stories, and while they didn’t always contain a message as direct as Aesop’s Fables, they carried subtle messages for living well, with grace and good manners.

Over the first weeks of the New Year – or maybe spaced out over a few months, I’ll be tossing in some pages of this great book, with perhaps a few comments of my own.

Hope the whimsy and colorful illustrations take you back to childhood, and that the simple snippets of wisdom help you live a less stressed life today.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

There’s nothing cuter than cats at Christmas. Especially cats in stocking hats.

When I was little, we always had Ideals magazines for all the holidays. One of my favorite memories is of a photo of a little girl in a frilly flannel gown like the ones I wore with a silver tabby kitten under a tinsel decked Christmas tree with Shiny Brite ornaments.

For years, while growing up, I would imagine a Christmas morning with my future cute little daughter, (the one I imagined I would have) watching her discover a charming kitten under our future Christmas tree.

I never had the daughter, but we’ve rescued a number of kittens, in addition to the rescue dogs for which we provided a home. Still, that memory is a part of Christmas for me, and I continue to treasure the classic stories and poems and inspirational paintings and photos on the pages of Ideals magazines.


Book Review of The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle By Susan Wittig Albert

What choices will Elizbeth Lacy make regarding her intriguing career and romantic opportunities? That is the big question for me in this latest installment of my favorite series by Susan Wittig Albert.

I won’t give away the answer, but let me say I was quite frustrated when I finished the book today. Though that’s not a criticism. Just one of those books I didn’t want to end.

The last chapter scene is set on Christmas Eve. I can’t wait until Christmas in Darling. I have a feeling there will be some dramatic happenings. I’ll be on sharp lookout for the sequel.

The Poinsettia Puzzle featured several other dramas, prison corruption, the opening of a bakery by Earlynne Biddle and Mildred Kilgore, neither of whom can bake bread!

A puzzle contest takes place, like the ones popular in the 1930’s. Made me want to dig in the closet and try one myself. Something I haven’t done in years.

And then there’s the threat to little Cupcake, a Shirley Temple look alike.

A truly action packed, enjoyable story that teaches us the traditions of the Depression Era America, as it entertains.

A festive read with which to celebrate the season!