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Please join me in welcoming our newest contributor to BCN, Kathy Manos Penn, a native of the "Big Apple", by way of the "Peach City", Atlanta. Kathy is a former English teacher, author of The Ink Penn blog, and a communications professional in corporate America. Now with Kathy on board, I advise all other contributors to watch your punctuation and syntax.

As I pondered what to write about for Christmas, I mentally thumbed through previous columns on Christmas music, Christmas cats, and Christmas trips.
As I pondered what to write about for Christmas, I mentally thumbed through previous columns on Christmas music, Christmas cats, and Christmas trips.
 
Ever since our 2014 vacation to Normandy and the D-Day sites, I think of Veterans Day in an entirely new light.
Ever since our 2014 vacation to Normandy and the D-Day sites, I think of Veterans Day in an entirely new light.
 
My husband is passionate about WWII history and holds veterans from that war in the highest esteem.
My husband is passionate about WWII history and holds veterans from that war in the highest esteem.
 
Banjo takes over the keyboard once again
Banjo takes over the keyboard once again
 
I’ve begun posting book reviews to BookBub and suddenly thought, “Why not share them with my BCN readers?”
I’ve begun posting book reviews to BookBub and suddenly thought, “Why not share them with my BCN readers?”
 
Since the cat and dog in my cozy mysteries talk to their owner, It will come as no surprise to my readers that I love cats and dogs.
Since the cat and dog in my cozy mysteries talk to their owner, It will come as no surprise to my readers that I love cats and dogs.
 
I had the pleasure of attending a virtual book launch for Christopher Swann's latest book, "Never Turn Back." When I read his debut novel, "Shadow of the Lions," I enjoyed it so much, I sent copies to several friends, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to hear him speak about his second book
I had the pleasure of attending a virtual book launch for Christopher Swann's latest book, "Never Turn Back." When I read his debut novel, "Shadow of the Lions," I enjoyed it so much, I sent copies to several friends, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to hear him speak about his second book
 
Perhaps we can’t travel overseas this fall, but there’s nothing to prevent us from taking an imaginary trip.
Perhaps we can’t travel overseas this fall, but there’s nothing to prevent us from taking an imaginary trip.
 
That subtitle for a Wall Street Journal article on how not to stress about preparing the quintessential Thanksgiving meal caught my eye. Yes, I have stressed over that meal in the past, but not to the extreme outlined in the WSJ.
That subtitle for a Wall Street Journal article on how not to stress about preparing the quintessential Thanksgiving meal caught my eye. Yes, I have stressed over that meal in the past, but not to the extreme outlined in the WSJ.
 
I’m an avid reader — someone who reads every night and never goes anywhere without a book.
I’m an avid reader — someone who reads every night and never goes anywhere without a book.
 
Sure, I’ve begun to stumble as I climb the stairs to the second floor, but I still climb ‘em.
Sure, I’ve begun to stumble as I climb the stairs to the second floor, but I still climb ‘em.
 
What a blast from the past!
 
Who wrote the first murder mystery? An article in the Wall Street Journal gives the credit to Sophocles.
Who wrote the first murder mystery? An article in the Wall Street Journal gives the credit to Sophocles.
 
I mean it, I tell you. I can deal with being poked and prodded and getting a shot or two, but that’s my limit.
I mean it, I tell you. I can deal with being poked and prodded and getting a shot or two, but that’s my limit.
 
Before I wrote my first cozy, I wasn't familiar with the term. Perhaps I'd heard it but hadn't given it much thought.
Before I wrote my first cozy, I wasn't familiar with the term. Perhaps I'd heard it but hadn't given it much thought.
 
As a high school and college student during most of the Vietnam War, I was consumed by the drill team, dating, and studying-not the nightly news.
As a high school and college student during most of the Vietnam War, I was consumed by the drill team, dating, and studying-not the nightly news.
 
It started with a column for a local paper. That's when I discovered how much I enjoyed writing. That's when I discovered my passion. Then came a book co-written with my dog. (What, doesn't everyone do that?)
It started with a column for a local paper. That's when I discovered how much I enjoyed writing. That's when I discovered my passion. Then came a book co-written with my dog. (What, doesn't everyone do that?)
 
That's a lyric by Ian Tyson, a singer/songwriter whose music my husband enjoys.
That's a lyric by Ian Tyson, a singer/songwriter whose music my husband enjoys.
 
In my cozy mystery series, the main character owns a Great Pyrenees named Dickens, but not just any Pyr.
In my cozy mystery series, the main character owns a Great Pyrenees named Dickens, but not just any Pyr.
 
Or is it "The Life of Riley?"
Or is it "The Life of Riley?"
 
Seriously? Yes, seriously. Imagine my surprise when I read that the hand gesture for okay is NOT okay.
Seriously? Yes, seriously. Imagine my surprise when I read that the hand gesture for okay is NOT okay.
 
I'm not one for making New Year's resolutions. Sure, there were all those years when I resolved not to gain the usual five pounds I put on every winter.
I'm not one for making New Year's resolutions. Sure, there were all those years when I resolved not to gain the usual five pounds I put on every winter.
 
Do people still read books? It depends on whom you ask. A Wall Street Journal Article posed the question differently: "Does the Book Have a Future?"
Do people still read books? It depends on whom you ask. A Wall Street Journal Article posed the question differently: "Does the Book Have a Future?"
 
Not a chance. Instead we turned Black Friday into Beautiful Biking Friday. With no crowds at the Greenway, temps in the 60's and sunny skies, it was a perfect day.
Not a chance. Instead we turned Black Friday into Beautiful Biking Friday. With no crowds at the Greenway, temps in the 60's and sunny skies, it was a perfect day.
 
Here's how it started. First, I smiled when a friend emailed just past Halloween that she'd like to have a few girls over for cocktails but needed to apologize and warn us that her Christmas decorations were already up.
Here's how it started. First, I smiled when a friend emailed just past Halloween that she'd like to have a few girls over for cocktails but needed to apologize and warn us that her Christmas decorations were already up.
 
An article about this phenomenon caught my attention, and yes, it made me laugh.
An article about this phenomenon caught my attention, and yes, it made me laugh.
 
Just in time for Veterans Day, I've once again had the privilege of interviewing a WWII veteran. My husband arranged for me to sit down with Cecil Hannaford, a local VFW member.
Just in time for Veterans Day, I've once again had the privilege of interviewing a WWII veteran. My husband arranged for me to sit down with Cecil Hannaford, a local VFW member.
 
I've had the honor of meeting quite a few veterans around Dunwoody. My husband and I bump into them at Memorial and Veterans Day celebrations, the July 4th Parade, the poppy giveaways at the grocery, and just out and about.
I've had the honor of meeting quite a few veterans around Dunwoody. My husband and I bump into them at Memorial and Veterans Day celebrations, the July 4th Parade, the poppy giveaways at the grocery, and just out and about.
 
I pondered that question when I read a Wall Street Journal article about a couple who did just that.
I pondered that question when I read a Wall Street Journal article about a couple who did just that.
 
Writing this column reminded me of all those back to school papers I produced on how I spent my summer
Writing this column reminded me of all those back to school papers I produced on how I spent my summer
 
Did you ride a bike as a child? Have you ridden as an adult? I've done both and was dismayed to see an article about fewer children riding bicycles.
Did you ride a bike as a child? Have you ridden as an adult? I've done both and was dismayed to see an article about fewer children riding bicycles.
 
Until I got married twenty years ago, I didn't watch much TV.
Until I got married twenty years ago, I didn't watch much TV.
 
It was a tempest in a teapot-or a tempest over a tweet. A J.P. Morgan #MondayMotivation tweet took the form of an imaginary conversation between a customer and their bank account and was deemed offensive.
It was a tempest in a teapot-or a tempest over a tweet. A J.P. Morgan #MondayMotivation tweet took the form of an imaginary conversation between a customer and their bank account and was deemed offensive.
 
I always feel as though I'm taking my life in my hands when we drive to downtown Atlanta during rush hour, and I'm thankful it's not something I do often. My husband had a follow-up doctor's visit at Emory Midtown one morning, and the first bit of good news was we made it down there without mishap.
I always feel as though I'm taking my life in my hands when we drive to downtown Atlanta during rush hour, and I'm thankful it's not something I do often. My husband had a follow-up doctor's visit at Emory Midtown one morning, and the first bit of good news was we made it down there without mishap.
 
I have fond memories of reading my Dr. Seuss books and still have three titles on my bookshelf.
I have fond memories of reading my Dr. Seuss books and still have three titles on my bookshelf.
 
Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, but it's also a day when I'm reminded to think about those service members who are still with us.
Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, but it's also a day when I'm reminded to think about those service members who are still with us.
 
Most of us have plans for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, but I wonder how many of those plans include anything to do with the true meaning of the day.
Most of us have plans for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, but I wonder how many of those plans include anything to do with the true meaning of the day.
 
I finally got around to a few books on my To Be Read list and one was “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.”
I finally got around to a few books on my To Be Read list and one was “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.”
 
Whenever I write about my favorite mystery authors, I mention Louise Penny so when I heard she was going to speak in Hickory, NC in March, I immediately got tickets to see her.
Whenever I write about my favorite mystery authors, I mention Louise Penny so when I heard she was going to speak in Hickory, NC in March, I immediately got tickets to see her.
 
I'm a Billy Joel fan, and I saw him long ago with Elton John at the Omni in Atlanta. I got reacquainted with his music when I listened to the Billy Joel station on SiriusXM on a January trip to the mountains-both up and back.
I'm a Billy Joel fan, and I saw him long ago with Elton John at the Omni in Atlanta. I got reacquainted with his music when I listened to the Billy Joel station on SiriusXM on a January trip to the mountains-both up and back.
 
More specifically, what is it about boarding schools that makes them the setting for so many novels? Christopher Swann's "Shadow of the Lions" is set in a boarding school in the mountains of Virginia.
More specifically, what is it about boarding schools that makes them the setting for so many novels? Christopher Swann's "Shadow of the Lions" is set in a boarding school in the mountains of Virginia.
 
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