My mysterious rendezvous with Murder Ink

by JoslynChase, September 27, 2021 in Learning, Mystery, Storytelling

Years ago, at a Friends of the Library sale, I came across a thick book entitled, Murder Ink: The Mystery Reader’s Companion, by Dilys Winn. Of course, it became mine in a matter of seconds and I’ve spent fun times and magical moments with the book ever since. Murder Ink is not really the kind […]

My Memorial Day at a Concentration Camp

by JoslynChase in Learning, Travel

For Memorial Day, I took off work to spend the day with my husband, exploring the beautiful countryside and points of interest. We started out in the morning by hiking up to another ruined castle, but decided an appropriate way to spend the afternoon would be to visit the concentration camp at Flossenbürg. What a […]

Crazy for Codes

by JoslynChase in Learning, Mystery, Writing

I have always been crazy for codes, fascinated by cryptograms and ciphers. When I was in fourth grade, Dayna Ferrer and I devised codes for each other and passed encrypted notes in class. I don’t remember anything about the content of those notes, but I have fond memories of designing my own methods for encryption […]

Celebrating the female detective

by JoslynChase in Learning, Opportunity

Did you know March is Women’s History month? To celebrate, I’m participating in a BookSweeps promotion giving readers the chance to win a bundle of free female detective books and a new eReader! For many of us, Nancy Drew was our first experience of the female detective, but the history of women sleuths in fiction […]

Do animals tell stories?

by JoslynChase in Learning, Story Power, Storytelling

A couple of incidents in my life coincided to make me ponder this question—do animals tell each other stories? If you’ve read many of my blog posts, you know that I’m fascinated by the power of Story and I explore it in a variety of aspects and invite you to consider the impact it has […]

Story triggers a time machine

by JoslynChase in Learning, Story Power, Storytelling, Travel

What if I told you there is such a thing as a time machine and that story is what fuels it? Stick with me for a few moments and I’ll explain what I mean. Remember story problems in math class? Some students love them, and some hate them, but either way they are an important […]

Pressing Reset in the Wenatchee National Forest

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Travel

If you’ve ever had an experience that allows you to step back from your daily rush of tasks, unplug, and look at the world through new eyes, you’ll understand how much I appreciated the few days I spent this week at Camp Prime Time. Camp Prime Time is a jewel of a place, tucked into […]

The enduring legend of The Lost Dutchman

by JoslynChase in Learning, Thrill, Travel, Writing

It has all the elements that go into a fascinating mystery—lost treasure, unexplained death, and a cast of interesting characters. I’ve spent the last couple of days immersed in an exploration of the Lost Dutchman’s Mine—tucked somewhere amid the Superstition Mountains in southern Arizona—and lived to tell about it. Mine was a virtual exploration—research for […]

We are all connected

by JoslynChase in Learning, Reading

I attended a lovely memorial service last Sunday for a friend who recently passed away. It was marvelous to hear friends and family share memories of how this man had touched their lives. The room was spread with wonderful photographs, keepsakes, and items of significance that stood as a record, in part, of a life […]

Conflict: Who needs it?

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Reading, Story Power

It’s a fact few of us like to acknowledge, but we all need conflict. Conflict is what drives us to grow and change. It’s what shapes us and points us to the destiny we choose for ourselves according to how we handle that conflict. It’s hard and it hurts and nobody likes going through it, […]