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HOT SUMMER DAY - Poem for June

Hot Summer Day
The rustle of ivy against a cool brick wall. Wisteria and clematis spider out of hanging baskets on a white-washed porch. Lazy kittens stretch in shady sunshine licking their paws beside a cistern of rain water. Mozart is subdued by a whirring fan.

PAT'S COLLECTIBLES (New Book)

PAT'S COLLECTIBLES



In the short stories, The Crazy Jug, The Pink Victorian Lady, Frogs, Gnomes, Hikers and Bottle Miners, The Conjurer, and The Rescue, Gert Carver and Nina Westacott meet an eclectic variety of characters as they trade-off collectibles and old bottles at flea markets and solve gentle mysteries involving neighbors, relatives, past students, farmers and hicks in and around the upstate New York community of Indian Falls. Gert and Nina are likeable protagonists, and Patricia Crandall has revealed a life unknown to most city dwellers. The following is a quote from a past review in the New York Times Sunday Review of books: "In the wake of 9/11 (and the terror attacks that have followed; e.g. Aurora, Boston and others too numerous to mention), Americans seem to crave the reassurance of straightforward tales about good people trying to live good lives, who believe in love and friendship, work and honor and charity, the prosaic but immense forces that dignify most of …