National Pretzel Day haiku

April 26th is National Pretzel Day; a celebration of pretzels of all shapes and sizes.

Salt dots knot of dough

The hands of child in prayer

Pretzels know the world

Pretzels are believed to be the world’s oldest snack; dating back to 610AD in either Italy or Southern France.  The most common pretzel shape is knot-like; often claimed to have originally been baked by monks in this shape to represent children’s hands in prayer.

(Please note that I am now normally away from WordPress Fridays thru Mondays and I can not read your blog posts or quickly respond to your commentsHope y’all enjoy your weekend!)


Words from people’s mouths…(bon appétit)


The ‘sparks’ of life that can ignite one’s writing mind.

Three, thankfully unrelated, news stories in the menu of the local newspaper’s Internet site.

“Taphouse planning Amelia Square location”

“Brewfest comes to fairgrounds Saturday”

“Residents want say on sludge spreading”





Building Blocks (The Easter bunny is pink)


Time molds vivid memories from one’s past into the building blocks of one’s writing…

On Tuesday when I walked out of my house, a rabbit went hopping across the sidewalk at the bottom of the steps.  I instantly knew that it was not the Easter Bunny checking on his route, because this rabbit was brown and way too small to carry an abundance of Easter treats.  Besides, since I was old enough to know what the Easter Bunny looked like, he has been pink.  More importantly, the REAL Easter Bunny knows where I live and already has my Mary Sue vanilla butter cream Easter egg ready for delivery; OK, one is ‘hidden’ on the top shelf of the cupboard…to help the very busy Easter Bunny, why else :-)

As some of you know, Easter in Baltimore is Mary Sue Easter eggs.  The Mary Sue candy company was founded in 1948 by Samuel “Sacha” Spector and Harry Gerwig. Even though I was just one year old, I am sure the Easter Bunny jumped for joy.  In elementary school we sold Mary Sue Easter eggs as a fund raiser.  And in the late 1950′s Baltimore football great Johnny Unitas, then a young football player, was hired to sing the Mary Sue Easter egg song on their radio advertisements. The song would become infamous; at the mention of the song it starts playing in your head.

OK, Steve, we know you are a fanatic about the Mary Sue vanilla butter cream eggs, what has this to do with novel writing.  As mentioned in the past, I am writing a fictional crime novel set in 1984 Baltimore.  As I thought about the connection between Johnny Unitas and Mary Sue Easter eggs, I realized that my novel’s action references the Baltimore Colts being moved to Indianapolis without any sort of public announcement; the 12 yellow moving vans packed up the team’s offices in Owings Mills on the night of March 28-29th.  I then thought, when was Easter; a holiday that would definitely impact on daily life in Baltimore.  I looked up the date for Easter in 1984, and it was on 22 April.  As a writer, I have to be aware of significant events and holidays that could affect the movement and frame of mind of my characters.

Picture1Mary Sue jingle

Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.