2020 Articles

Saul and Mordecai: A Short Story

by Gary Hoffman

“What are you doing?”
Saul dropped the shirt he had folded into a suitcase on the bed. “Oy. What the hell does it look like I’m doing?”
“Well, maybe a better question would have been, why are you packing? You taking a trip you didn’t tell me about?” Mordecai asked.

Aunt Tennie: A Short Story

by Gary Hoffman

Her name was Tennie Cloer, but I always called her Aunt Tennie. Did from the first day I met her. When she would go downtown, folks called her Mrs. Cloer. One of the first things I noticed about her was how short she was and how when she wasn’t around, people referred to her as the Widow Cloer.

How To Separate Your Clothing Brand From The Rest

by staff

If you are fierce and driven by a passion for your fashion business, there is no reason for you to settle for less. You might have the best of talent, aesthetic prowess, and tons of fresh ideas. But your competitors have them too. So, how do you make your brand truly stand out from the crowd? Here are some tips.

Jackie Dale-TheCatMother/Cat Trapper: Mourning a Loss, Lots of Cats, Much TNR

by Jackie Dale

One of my foster people, a lovely young woman with a heart the size of the moon, passed away recently from complications of Covid. We are devastated at the loss of such a vibrant life and this column is dedicated to you, Leann Schmidt. Your love of animals was clearly evident in your actions to help save and foster. You will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved you. You will always live on in our fond memories.

A Merry Christmas Anniversary Mystery By Anna Celeste Burke: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa

New Arcadia, Max Marley’s most prodigious project, is complete, and Georgie and her husband Jack have been invited (more like commanded) to its soft opening with an all-expense paid, deluxe, pet-friendly stay. They had planned to spend their first anniversary on a beach in Cancun, but they agreed to stop off at New Arcadia first to support, if not placate, their boss. Until...BOOM! What felt like an earthquake, shaking and shimmying, turned out to be two massive explosions.

Yellow Brick Bakery

by Mallory Moad

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved to play “store.” Fascinated with cash registers and display counters (as well as the Wizard of Oz), she dreamed of someday running a retail establishment of her own.

Puzzling Ink: A Crossword Puzzle Mystery By Becky Clark: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Cynthia Chow

Quinn Carr loves crossword puzzles. There are clear rules, only one correct answer, and you even have more than one chance to fix a mistake. It’s too bad life isn’t like that, which is why Quinn failed her chance at a Denver Police Department interview and landed back home in Chestnut Station, Colorado. An OCD panic attack may have forced her to flee her DPD interview, but her gift for organizing and making logical connections led her to becoming the Chestnut Station Chronicle’s crossword puzzle creator.

Why Mary Had to Die

by Kathleen Kaska

If you are a fan of the BBC’s Sherlock series, you might have been upset and shocked when Dr. Watson’s wife, Mary Morstan-Watson, died after taking a bullet for Sherlock in the third episode of 2017, “The Six Thatchers.” Played by Abigail Abbington, this Mary was my all-time favorite portrayal of Dr. Watson’s wife. She had such an impact on the series that I couldn't imagine her absence.