• Truth is stranger than Fiction and here is proof.

    Posted on May 31, 2016 by Admin in Maria's Blog.

    The plot of A Cat To Die For revolves around a strange coincidence. Two Calico cats. Males. For non cat people, a male calico it’s hard to find, so what are the chances of two look alike male calico? Believe it or not, it happens. In real life. And here is proof. The calico on […]

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  • Snake Crossing

    Posted on May 10, 2016 by Admin in Maria's Blog.

    Thursday afternoon, coming from Linda’s salon, feeling good about my nice haircut. Instead of going straight home I take a detour to pick up stuff from a friend and I’m driving through Paradise Valley, the most expensive dirt in Maricopa County. A place well known for some odd reasons. The only town without a grocery […]

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  • When Size Matters

    Posted on April 26, 2016 by Admin in Maria's Blog.

    First, let me say that this is not about physical attributes.   Continue reading at your own risk of annoyance because this blog is all about…drum roll please…toilet paper.  Yes, the lowly toilet paper. We don’t talk about it, we don’t think about it until we run out of it. One of the best examples is […]

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  • A spare dollar.

    Posted on April 12, 2016 by Admin in Maria's Blog.

    I keep dollar bills in my car. The kids used to argue at first, then poke fun at me for it. They know I give the money to street beggars. You probably do also. However, I don’t give money to all the street beggars I encounter. I’m not sure what it is that pushes my […]

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  • It was meant to be an act of love

    Posted on March 29, 2016 by Admin in Maria's Blog.

    No more Bucket List for me…. So I have this little, white, ferret, Girl who is now 7. Old in ferret years. Inspired by the heart melting Subaru commercial about a dog and his loving owner on a bucket list quest, I set out to find a playmate for my ferret. I started with the […]

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  • Exotic pets for regular folks.

    Posted on March 15, 2016 by Admin in Maria's Blog.

    I don’t know how many of you have seen that Subaru Commercial about a dog turning fourteen and the owner deciding to tackle the bucket list. The dog’s bucket list. My ferret is seven that’s old in ferret’s years, and I felt inspired by the commercial. This week’s blog was supposed to be about that, […]

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  • From Facebook to face to face

    Posted on March 1, 2016 by Admin in Maria's Blog.

    Left Coast Crime Conference was my official reentry into the fascinating universe of writers and publishers. I didn’t know how much I missed that world until I got to the Hyatt, the hotel where the conference took place. With the official opening scheduled for Thursday, I arrived Wednesday afternoon eager to help out with registration. […]

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  • A ferret in a swag bag

    Posted on February 16, 2016 by Admin in Maria's Blog.

    Next week the Left Coast Crime Conference will be in Phoenix, AZ.  The first thing you receive after you sign in to register, is a badge with your name and a swag bag. The bag contains a plethora of books samples, and other marketing gizmos from authors and publishers. Over the years I treasured the […]

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  • It’s hard to say goodbye.

    Posted on January 19, 2016 by Admin in Maria's Blog.

    That line flashes through my mind when I think of Alan Rickman and David Bowie. Both 69 years old, both died of cancer less than a week ago. I didn’t know either one of them was ill. Did you??? And that’s really the subject of my post. Take Bowie, eighteen months, that’s how long he […]

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  • New Year, new slip-up.

    Posted on January 5, 2016 by Admin in Maria's Blog.

    I’m not fond of driving, but a car with automatic transmission helps. My first car was a FIAT 500, Cinquecento to Italians. I hated shifting gears and going uphill I was always afraid I would let my foot slip and end up rolling back without ever putting the car in reverse. And forget about parking […]

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