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ATTENTION: For those of you living in or around Winnipeg, Manitoba, or may be visiting. It is just over a week until Saturday, December 9th,…
“Alfie. Have you seen Santa?” Alfie looked up from the dump-truck he was assembling. Mrs. Claus was standing in the doorway of the workshop. “Sorry, but he hasn’t been in here the morning. In fact, you are the first person I’ve seen since breakfast. Have you checked the other workshops?”
I usually post this in December, but here we are on November 20th and I am already seeing “War on Christmas” posts, so I felt that it was time, once again, for my annual holiday season rant.
I will be selling my books and nature photographs at the Christmas Craft and Vender Sale, at St. Andrew Anglican Church, 2700 Portage Avenue, Westwood, on Saturday, December 9th, 2023, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
I was relaxing in my office, leaning back in my chair with my legs crossed, feet up on my desk. Okay, so my “office” was an old shed next to the stable that was formerly used by the stable-hand and my desk and chair were old shipping crates, but it was all mine. I even had a sign on the door, albeit crudely made, that read, “Adventurer for Hire”. And why not? After more than ten seasons in His Majesty’s service, I’ve seen my share of adventure and fought nearly every creature in the land. Why not put all that experience to good use and make a bit of coin in the process? Admittedly, business had been slow, thus far. Finding lost pets and truant children weren’t exactly the adventures I was expecting to do. But after all, I’d only been in business a little over a month. Besides, it was paid work, even if most of it was in vegetables and poultry. A man’s got to eat. But it sure would be nice to have a real paying client with an actual adventure. That’s when I learned to be careful about what you wished for. There was a rap on the door. I sat up, feet dropping to the floor. “Enter.”
The sun had already set by the time Leonard left his office. He stood in the doorway, searching the night for signs of danger, before stepping out onto the sidewalk. He walked swiftly, his neck pivoting back and forth, like a radar antenna, scanning the shadows for signs of danger. There was a full moon tonight, but the clouds continually passed over it, adding an eerie quality to the night. Worse yet, it was October 30th, the night before Halloween, the spookiest night of the year.
The full moon was high in the night sky as the bat flitted quickly towards its destination. It hovered briefly over the All Hallows Inn, before descending. As it approached the boardwalk, it began to blur and grow, until it transformed into a tall, lean man, dressed entirely in black. As his feet touched down, he began walking swiftly to the entrance, his black cape fluttering behind him.
The story below is a crime story, influenced by author and editor, Josh Pachter, and by the song A Cuban Crime of Passion by Jimmy…
On Friday, September 1, 2023, a hero of mine, Jimmy Buffett, passed away at the age of 76. This was sad news, but not entirely surprising, as Jimmy had been forced to cancel and reschedule a number of concerts in the last year, due to doctor’s orders. Parrotheads (Jimmy Buffett fans) knew something was wrong, we just didn’t know what it was. It turned out that Jimmy had been battling a rare form of skin cancer for the last four years.