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Maggie, desperately lonely after losing both her husband and infant son, married again. Badly. Her new husband Frank was so controlling for so long that when he eventually died, she continued to do things his way.

And his ways had never been her ways.

The tiny bit of impulsiveness left…

Puget Sound, Washington State — a beach and a town
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Have you ever seen a particular house that seemed to have stories to tell?

A small island town in WA — a real one — is separated from the mainland by a boat channel, and connected to the mainland by a bridge.

And there, on that island, in the midst…

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Hannah Scott was a family legend, just a name my father remembered, though he had no idea of how she was connected. I set out to see if I could find out more.

Using local libraries, historical societies, state records, compilations done during the WPA (especially of cemeteries) and some…

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We would be gone on a long car trip, and what to do with the cat? Take him. We would be staying in our travel trailer, but what about outdoor time for the cat? Get him a leash?

Get him a leash.

We found one that went around his shoulders…

Title page of Copy-Kitten, Copyright 1937, Edition of 1944. Photography by Peg Lewis

My daughter was born an historian. She looks at old things — objects created before her time, starting in, say, 1980 — as worthy of study and contemplation, some now and a great amount more in the future.

Take the love letters John and I exchanged during our year of…

Photo by Elaine Brewer on Unsplash — Connecticut River

I was born on the Connecticut river, so to speak.

I was born in Hartford CT, which was founded on the Connecticut River back in the 1600s. My first house was just up the hill from the Connecticut river, and I could see it if I went out on the…

Hanging out at a (fictional) knit shop is a good way to discover a juicy new character, especially if my new story is going to be of a certain genre.

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So on a weekday morning, as the regulars began to gather around the central worktable and take out their projects…

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Medium is advanced blogging, and it attracts advanced bloggers.

By advanced bloggers I mean those who have something to say.

I don’t want to spend a lot of time going into the details. You can read those here:

I just want to say that of the great articles of read…

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In 2005, just after New Year’s Day, we used our timeshare to visit Spain’s Costa del Sol. Having a rental car, we thought we’d drive over to Granada to see the Alhambra.

Why not? It was less than a three hour drive. We could go and return in one long…

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Once there was a woman who crossed the line. She took her kids, and her sister and her kids, I believe.

She came to the river but it didn’t have a bridge. Later she found a shallow, quiet place and waded across, carrying the littlest one.

She made a clean…

Peg Lewis

Linguist, author, scientist, great grandmother, traveler.

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