Maypole celebration alive and well in Bavaria

by JoslynChase, May 9, 2022 in Learning, Travel

On April 30th, my husband and I decided to go out to dinner to celebrate my birthday. We arrived in Grafenwoehr a bit too early and none of the restaurants were open yet, so we strolled down to the town square for an ice cream appetizer. And that’s when we learned that the Maypole celebration […]

Nonverbal Communication: Actions speak louder than words

by JoslynChase in Learning, Writing

I invite you to consider something that maybe you haven’t thought about a lot, yet which has great impact in your life. It is this: People who are able to effectively perceive and interpret nonverbal communication—and manage the nonverbal signals they transmit to others—will achieve greater success in life and more enjoyment from personal connections […]

Hypnosis and the modern reader

by JoslynChase in Learning, Reading

I’m in the throes of researching my next novel and I’m learning some fascinating things about hypnosis. Did you know, for instance, that the process of entering a hypnotic state is very much like what happens when we get absorbed in reading a really good book? Let me share some of what I’ve discovered about […]

Cryptic crosswords are the cream of the puzzle crop

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning

Anyone well-acquainted with me knows that I am never far from a puzzle book or app. I love solving puzzles and I truly believe it helps keep my brain young and agile. I adore all sorts of puzzles–Double Trouble, Rows Garden, Marching Bands, Cryptograms, Laddergrams, Flower Power, Logic Problems, and the list goes on. But […]

Music class and Magic Eye: How one pop art phenom makes a point

by JoslynChase in Learning, Mystery, Teaching

If you’re old enough to remember the Magic Eye craze of the 90’s, you can probably recall standing among a curious crowd and staring at a framed mass of vivid dots and swirls in an effort to summon the underlying 3-D image. I remember how tickled I was the first time I achieved this feat, […]

My mysterious rendezvous with Murder Ink

by JoslynChase 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 […]