A Fictional May Day

Probably no May Day baskets filled with goodies will be waiting on my doorstep today, but you never know. I thought about posting the history of May Day here, but everybody does that. So, instead, here is a short excerpt from HIT THE ROAD, JAKE, book 3 the in The Lindsey Lark romantic mystery saga. It just happens to be about May Day, sort of. It is from written from Jake’s point of view.


Lindsey jumped in. “There might be a connection between our thief, the rhyme, the chopped down nut trees and the basket. It’s a long shot, for sure, but perhaps the basket was meant to represent May Day.” She pulled out a sheet of paper and began to read her own research notes: “Folklore states that on May 1 baskets were filled with nuts, flowers, and sometimes cheese treats and left at the door of a friend, a special friend. The doorbell was rung and then the giver would dash away. Next step? The receiver tries to catch the giver and, if that happens, a kiss is exchanged.”

As Lindsey and I thought out loud with our back and forth questions and comments, Bud listened attentively, his head turning like a trained seal as he tried to keep up with our ping-ponging ideas.

“So, our thief is not only using the House That Jack Built rhyme but also other folk traditions. Coincidence?” I wondered.

Lindsey added, “Maybe he or she was hoping to act out this little mini-scenario. That seems like a lot of trouble to just get a kiss, though. Who would normally exit that door first during a fire evacuation?”

Bud had an answer he was anxious to tell. “That would be our attendance tech, if she was still there; she’s a half-time employee. She’d hold the door open for the kids that exit out that way. And, oh boy. She’s a looker. I don’t think anybody would mind a little peck on the cheek from her, if you get my drift.” I didn’t, but what did it matter?

Lindsey was truly in her element now, but, between Bud and his comments and all this folktale business, my patience was being tested. My own annoying habits surfaced: I tapped my pencil rhythmically on my notepad like it was a drumstick, my uninjured foot performed an anxious, unstoppable bounce that traveled all the way up my leg, and I scratched my head.  Yes, I knew myself well.

I hope you enjoy your May Day,


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Mysteries Solved and Mysteries to Read

Everybody loves a good mystery. Mystery books a-plenty!

My reading list just got longer.
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As promised, below you can read the facts surrounding last week’s little mystery photos.

#1 Looks like another planet?  

Well, yes, but it’s not. Here’s the scoop . . .

Socotra (Horn of Africa)

Socotra (also called Suqutra orSoqotra) is an archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean off the horn of Africa. Among the four islands, Socotra is the largest, occupying 95% of the land mass of the archipelago. Why is this island so mysterious? Because, if you set foot here, it may easily remind you of an alien planet from a science fiction movie. One third of the flora and fauna you find here are unique to this island and found nowhere else in the world, such as the umbrella-shaped “blood tree” and certain types of birds as well as cats.

#2 Looks like a scene from the movie UP!

It does, in a way, but this landform is real.

Mt. Roraima (Brazil)

The mountain lies on the border of three countries viz. Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela. One thing that makes this mountain strange is its shape. What makes it weirder are the clouds and the fauna around the mountain peak. The peak of the mountain is considered as one of the oldest geological formations in the world. The plateau is believed to be formed by water and winds. But there is no explanation for why some of these species cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

#3  Mold? An ameba? Something gooey?

I admit my initial ideas here were off. I imagine that you knew what this image was all about.

Bermuda Triangle (North Atlantic Ocean)As anyone would have guessed, Bermuda 

Triangle is one of the most mysterious places on earth. Everyone has heard about the Bermuda Triangle and the mysterious disappearances that occur here. Also called the Devil’s Triangle, the triangle covers Straits of Florida, Bahamas and the Caribbean islands. Anything that enters this area such as an aircraft or ship is known to mysteriously disappear here. There are numerous theories that try to explain these strange disappearances, ranging from earth’s magnetic field to alien activity. Every time, there is a solid explanation about these disappearances, there will be a new theory that negates the explanation. There is no one theory till date that convinces anyone as to why these mysterious disappearances occur.

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A Monday’s Little Mysteries post

Mysterious Places—Real or Fictional

Today’s Monday’s Little Mysteries is really three mysteries. Visual mysteries. Are they real? Or a creative artist’s renderings; a photoshop project? A place you’d like to visit or stay far away from?

#1 Looks like another planet to me.

#2  Looks like a scene from the movie Up!

#3  Mold? An ameba? Something gooey that 

I would not choose to touch? Somewhere watery? 

I will share more information about these mysterious images next week. If you just can’t wait, click here for immediate answers.

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Monday’s Little Mystery: Illusions


Sight is a wonderful thing; not something to take for granted. Just looking at a smiling dog, a giggling baby, a beautiful flower, a breathtaking sunrise or

Photo from Bonnie Lee.

sunset creates a glorious feeling within. 

But what you see is not always what is really there, or so it would seem. Otherwise, how can a dozen people witness or watch the same event, but when asked what they saw, the answers vary—sometimes greatly. Ah, the eye-witness.

Some images are designed to fool our eyes. 

Optical illusions! 

And they come in all shapes, sizes, colors and content.

Look at this photo.

 Can you see the lake? Or . . . ?

Check out the colorful parrot. 

It’s a parrot, right? Or . . .?

Have you seen anything colorful, memorable, or optically illusional recently? 

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A Monday’s Little Mystery Post


YOU, of course, but I’ll need your help.

If you happened to see my very first blog post, you’ll know why I’m writing what I’m writing today.
I am looking at YOU!

If not, you can see that entire first blog right here. In the meantime, here’s a snippet from that post:

Welcome to my blog and my very first blog post . . . ever.
Before you ask, “What’s this? Another blog?” Please keep reading for just a minute. And, yes, this is a blog, but it won’t be like any other. Why? Because I do not know how to blog. This blog will be about you and me chatting about things that interest us. 
Yes, I do have several areas of expertise, and so do you. We will get to those in the near future. Until then . . .
Well, the ‘near future’ is . . . now.
A rose is a rose
So I’m ready to talk about you, 
your expertise, your interests, 
your thoughts, your hobbies,
your favorite colors, foods,
activities, or just about anything
in the PG-13 arena. (OK, there 
could be a few exceptions
like when I mention Elle J. Lawson’s 
soon-to-be-released erotic romance. Or you mention ?????)
A beautiful wall of books                  
Though I am an avid reader, 
I’m not a mind reader. I do know 
that some of you that follow this blog love dogs and cats, food, (well, who doesn’t?) and mystery, but help me out; let’s add a few more topics about your interests or expertise and chat about those.
And/or, you could just listen to this YouTube Boy Band, McFly, sing It’s All About You. 

What else shall we explore together?

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A Tell All Tuesday post

Monday’s Little Mystery: What in the World?

After a long day of hiking, gardening and six hours of writing, all I wanted was to put my feet up, relax, and have a snack. But instead, I had a close up and personal experience with the thing in the photo below. 

I am not bragging, just sharing. For me, odd or strange things show up when I’m home alone. Never when the house is full of people and at least one or two dogs are romping around. That was the case when I came face to face with the thing. And it was real!

It stuck around long enough for me to snap a photo.
Proof that it existed.

Sometimes, it is not an advantage to have better than average hearing or a sense of smell that a dog would envy because then you hear things–what was that? The gate opening? An owl landing on the window ledge? And you smell things–“honey, I smell smoke” or “I think there is a bull out back.”

Having an overactive imagination can be equally as troublesome as elevated and keen senses, especially when home alone.

How would you react if you came face to face with the thing?

Where do you think it came from?
What in the world is it?

Have a wonderful week.

See you next time.

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