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Penguin Segue

While I prepare the opening chapters of my next novel, I didn't want to leave you bored or without yet more pictures from my trip to South America......




These photos were taken at the Punto Tombo Penguin Rockery about two hours outside Puerto Madryn, Argentina. It stretches for miles along the coast, hosting hundreds of thousands of Madgellin penguins that come to the same nests each year to give birth to their young.



The parents fiercely guard their nests while their mates go down to the sea to hunt for food.



The shoreline takes on the appearance of a day at the beach with as much socializing going on as gathering of food.....



Alright now time for me to get back to work.......stay tuned for a murder mystery set in Tahoe and Kiev.

Mary

I converted to Catholicism twenty years ago and over the years have developed a special affinity for Mary. Coming from a Protestant background, it's difficult to describe how or why I would pray to Mary, but I can only tell you that it just feels right.

So, during our four days in Buenos Aires, I was thrilled to find many opportunities to photograph beautiful statuary of Mary....



I found this statue at an outdoor market. It's called Mary of the Road, in honor of travellers. It's fairly representative of a typical Marian statue, with the blue robe, the crown, and hands held in prayer.


This statue of Mary's sacred heart is absolutely amazing in its beauty....when I walked into the antiques shop and saw this, I was thrilled when I was allowed to take pictures so that I would have a record, since they were not for sale. Here is another statue of Mary's sacred heart from the antique shop....

This is the incredible close up of Mary's beautiful passion..... Here's anot…

Titles for Silver Cord

I am mulling.......



Generally, I discover the the title of a book almost as soon as I begin writing it. And certainly, as this book has gone through its numerous drafts, it has had numerous titles, each fitting that stage of its evolution. But now, in it's final incarnation, I find myself drawing blanks...which is downright scary.

I come up with titles and then decide they are either stupid ("e.g. "Wounded for Our Transgressions") or already taken ("The Sun Also Rises").

There's a lot of stuff going on in this book, but the bottom line is that I want to convey that life seems to repeat itself, that the mistakes we have made in the past could have happened at any point in history, we are not necessarily evolving forward, sometimes, history does repeat itself.

Taking my evening walk, I came up with the following:
Circle Round MeThe Circularity of our HistoryAnother Unholy War Somehow I have a feeling they are destined for the same pile as "We ar…

New Beginnings

I have revised the opening chapter of the soon to be re-named Silver Cord (ironically, I am actually toying with the idea of titling it "Here" - however, I am also taking suggestions for new titles!), and present it below:

Chapter 1“Alysha get back to the sidewalk with Lillian!” Turning from where I was desperately trying to hail a taxi, I watched my young niece run into the street. Tires squealed and horns blasted. Following Alysha, Lillian stepped directly into the path of a car. The front fender grazed her, spinning her in slow motion. I shared her helpless vertigo as the world spun before my eyes, and sky and buildings and pavement swirled like a tumbling house of cards. Lillian fell with the pageantry of a well-dressed bundle of sticks, the blue silk of her ball gown parachuted, revealing spindly legs covered by stripped flannel pajama bottoms. She landed on the road in a heap of colorful fabric. My poor, delusional sister, dressed for a night at the opera, on the mornin…