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Sail on, my Captain

Sixteen years ago I wrote the following lighthearted poem in honor of my husband Roger and two friends, Roger and Mike, who raced our sailboat in the 1998 National Catalina Race held in Westbrook, Connecticut.  They took first for the tall rig division in all three races.  Yes, readers, the sailboat’s name was Sloopy, the inspiration for the fictional 36 foot sloop that Liz and Garret live aboard in Murder in Mystic, Murder in Newport and Two Headed Snake of Key West.  Our Sloopy was fast and my husband could make a mighty Margarita.

I am sharing this with you in memory of my husband, who passed away on July 1, 2014.  Sail on, my captain.


The pressure was on

To win a glass cup

Each silently prayed

He wouldn’t screw up


The guy thing, you know

Machismo, at best

The challenge would come

They’d be put to the test


The good Lord was laughing

As they hoisted the main.

These three would need blessings,

And more, it was plain


Wine made from water

Was easy for sure,

But Roger, Mike, Roger

Three races endure?


The task was immense

But these were nice guys

He raised His arms up

And Sloopy did rise.


She raced to the finish

Three bullets to boot

Miracles do happen.

There’s proof in the loot.


The lesson each learned,

To celebrate life

Believe in oneself

Be good to your wife.


Hello Friends,

My personal life has taken a set back, but Murder in Mystic and Murder in Newport are plunging forward.  My husband, Roger, had a relapse of leukemia from his bone marrow transplant 3 years ago.  He is currently undergoing inpatient induction therapy at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.  We are thankful for the skilled professionals who are caring for him.

The recording of Murder in Mystic and Murder in Newport is complete.  They will be available for purchase in a few weeks.  Gillian Vance recorded Murder in Mystic and Charlie Glaize recorded Murder in Newport.   They are very talented and have brought my characters to life in a way that I could never have imagined.  What has been fun for me as the author, who lives with the characters in my brain, is hearing the story in female and male voices.   I love them both.  It will be interesting to hear your input.

Thank you for being patient with me.  I have not been able to keep up my blog per week promise, but you all have been supportive.

For those that are facing extreme challenges in life, take it one day at a time.  If you are lucky enough to have life going your way, count your blessings.

I appreciate all of you.  Thanks for hangin’ in.


P.S.  If any of you are willing and able, please give blood.  You can save a life.  To this point, there is no substitute than the gift of life from another.  Thanks.