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The Elusive Finian Bracken

Irish priest and whiskey man Finian Bracken has become a reader favorite. A man with a tragic past, serving a parish in a struggling Maine fishing village, he appears as a key secondary character in every Sharpe & Donovan tale. And he started and has remained one of my most elusive characters. The clock was…

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The joys of rhubarb

My first encounter with rhubarb wasn’t promising: I was around seven and ate a chunk off the โ€vine.โ€ It was ultra-tart. I had friends who loved it straight that way but not me! I don’t like it too sweet but I do like some sweetness. Since then I’ve come to love rhubarb stewed, in pies,…

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Spring flowers…I’m ready!

With a surprise ten inches of snow and a spell without power this past Sunday, I’m in the mood for flowers! Maybe you are, too. Here are some images from our visit last spring to the Keukenhof gardens just outside Amsterdam in the Netherland. They open for the 2024 season on March 21. Enjoy!  

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Yes! “Write postcards.” ~Maeve Binchy

Long before either of us visited Ireland, my mother introduced me to Irish novelist Maeve Binchy’s books. I, too, became a fan. I can see my mother, who died a little over two years ago, reading one by the fire in the back room. Ms. Binchy, who died in 2012, left behind a few tips…

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Happy 2024!

2024. It has a nice sound to it. We don’t stay up for midnight in Vermont but instead ring in the new year on Irish time. With bubbles. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s to a happy, healthy, adventure-filled year, with lots of books at hand!

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