Tuesday, December 4, 2012
And Then You Dye
And Then You Dye will appear December 5. Please look for it in your local bookstore, or reserve it at your public library. Meanwhile I will be at the mystery bookstore Once Upon A Crime on that date starting at 7 pm. I’ll do a short reading and answer questions. And sign books, of course! There will be sweet treats and beverages on hand. Once Upon A Crime is at 604 W. 26th St, Minneapolis.
Then Saturday, December 8, I will be at Excelsior Bay Books in Excelsior, MN – yes, the locale of this series is a real town – at 1 pm (after we have lunch at Antiquity Rose). The address is 36 Water Street, which is the main street of Excelsior. There are gift shops and antique stores and good restaurants in town for your shopping pleasure.
Then I’ll head off on a little book tour:
Monday, Dec. 10, 6:30 - Crosse Stitchery and Main Street Framing, 223 N. 3rd St. La Crosse, WI 54601, (888) 907-7008, contact Sarah Hall. This is in connection with their Embroiderers Guild of America meeting, so I suspect only members are attending, but call Sarah to make sure.
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6 pm – Booked for Murder, 2701 University Ave Madison, WI 53705. Contact Sara Barnes. This is a great store! 608-238-2701.
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble, North Park Mall, 320 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA 52806. Contact: Paul, 563-445-8760
Thursday, Dec. 13, 6:30 pm – Village Needlework, 1123 7th Avenue, Marion, IA. Marion is a suburb of Cedar Rapids. Contact Julie Ackerman, 319-362-3271
Friday, Dec. 14, 6:30 – Beaverdale Books, 2629 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA. A beautiful store with all kinds of books (not just mysteries).
Saturday, Dec. 15, noon – The Mystery Bookstore 1414 S 13th St. in Omaha. Contact: Kate Birkel 402-342-7343, Then we’re all going to lunch at the Bohemian restaurant (great food!) next door.
If you are in any of these neighborhoods, I’d love to see you!
This past Sunday was the First Sunday of Advent (there are four), during which Christians prepare thoughtfully for Christmas. When I was growing up Roman Catholic, we were not permitted to do any decorating (wreath on the door, lights, tree) until Christmas Eve, and then the celebration lasted twelve days, ending on Epiphany – or, as we called it, the Feast of the Three Kings. One thing we were allowed was an Advent Wreath, which was laid flat on a table and had four tall candles rising from it, three purple and one pink – the pink was for the Third Sunday. One candle was lit the first Sunday at dinner, then two the second and so on. When the fourth candle was lit, we knew Christmas was less than a week away!
When living in London (1966-1968), I got a boyfriend who, like me, was mad about castles and, more especially, cathedrals. One weekend we visited Ely, whose history dates back to St. Ethelreada the Virgin in the seventh century. The current building was begun in the eleventh century. When we visited, the Lady Chapel (dedicated to the Virgin Mary) was being restored, and the stone tracery around the windows had been knocked out. From the rubble, I picked up a piece of carved stone about fourteen inches long. I still have it, and now it is the base of my “Advent Wreath.” I bought four small glass candle holders shaped like bowls, three lavender, one pink, and used votive candles. A piece of artificial greenery lies along the back of the stone. Then earlier this year I found a set of five little evergreen-shaped candles in a catalog, three red and two green. They fit perfectly in the little bowls (one left over) and I think the result is very pretty.
Remember: Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles; it takes away today’s peace of mind.
Answer to the riddle: Braking, Breaking