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The Last Word—for discerning readers—by author Gregory Zeigler.
Something good to read. Anything from the Bruno, Chief of Police series by Martin Walker. The fifteen novels in this police procedural series set in the Perigord Region of France, although uneven in quality, never fail to delight.
This is a quote from my most recent Bruno adventure, The Coldest Case, during which there is nary a shot fired but a forest fire is rapidly approaching.
Bruno knew the area (threatened by fire) … one of the most celebrated stretches of the Dordogne River, where it was flanked by the three castles of Milandes, Beynac and Castelnaud. “We’d better eat soon, in case I’m called away” he said, and asked Gilles to bring out the gazpacho and start serving while Bruno went into the kitchen to put the pumpkins back in the oven. He sliced the fat tourte of bread and took it out to his friends on the terrace and sat down to enjoy the chilled soup.
Bruno is a kind and courageous country cop—as well as a skilled chef—who always has his priorities in order. Eat and drink first, fight crime (and fire) later.
And this. “We Have Never Been Here Before” by Thomas Friedman, NYT, 2/27/22
Something I wrote: “Smoke and flame raged on Boulder Mountain as the two fires converged into one towering conflagration. Jake was watching his favorite mountain burn. He suddenly understood why so many Americans had mourned after the Yellowstone fires of 1988. Boulder Mountain’s aspen forest, what with aspens in a grove all being clones, was said to be one of the largest living organisms on earth. Yellowstone is recovering. Natural and even accidental fires are one thing, but arson in forests another altogether.”
Something to consider. Uh oh, I’m doing it again, recommending a TV series. But it doesn’t take a psychologist to understand why optimistic statements from Ted Lasso, like the example below, are resonating with folks right now.
“If you care about someone, and you got a little love in your heart, there ain’t nothing you can’t get through together.”
Something to do: Any gesture, of any size, to show support for the people of Ukraine. In this day and wired age millions of David’s just might be able to bring down one Goliath.
Happy Reading. Gregory Zeigler, author of the Jake Goddard and Susan Brand thriller series.
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