Monthly Archives: December 2012

Christmas Greetings ~2012

Happy Holidays to Everyone and Good Cheer!  “The packages are wrapped and stored away just waiting for Santa Claus to deliver in ten days.”

Let it Snow 2012

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, December 15, 2012


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Authors, Evan Guilford-Blake

Noir(ish) - bookcoverThe Year 2012: 

I received an announcement in September that Evan Guilford-Blake’s  novel Noir(ish) published by E. P. Dutton, a division of Penguin Books, as part of its Guilt Edged-Mysteries series is now available in a Kindle edition, available at Amazon.

Review by Richard Reeder from Noir Journal:

NOIR(ish), by Evan Guilford-Blake, Dutton Guilt Edged Mysteries (September 18, 2012):  NOIR(ish) As an homage to Noir, Evan Guilford-Blake’s new mystery, NOIR(ish), is absolutely ingenious. The author must have read the entire body of work of both Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett to create just the right genre phrasing and ambience. Los Angeles in the summer of 1947 is the perfect setting. The mystery’s gumshoe hero is Robert Grahame, an Indiana native and World War Two veteran who moved out West, first to Frisco where he apprenticed for Sam Spade, before setting up a PI shop of his own in downtown LA. We first meet him about a year after he has broken up with the love of his life, and he’s hitting the bourbon a little bit too hard.
The plot centers on characters that may or may not have been involved with the murder of the notorious gangster, Bugsy Siegel. Every stock noir character appears in the story, each depicted brilliantly by Guilford-Blake. All characters have names with noir references. For example, the woman police lieutenant is Lauren Stanwyck. Even our hero’s cat has is called Greenstreet. Every noir fan will enjoy this conjuring up of the genre’s icons.
Readers may or may not find the story’s conclusion satisfactory, subtle, or consistent; but that’s noir anyway, no? Overall, an excellent book.

About the author:

Evan Guilford-Blake’s plays have been produced internationally. They’ve won 38 playwriting competitions, including Ireland’s Eamon Keane and the Tennessee Williams one-act contest, twice (he is the only playwright to do so), the Dayton (OH) Playhouse FutureFest and the Arts Club of Washington one-act and full-length competitions. Eighteen of his plays are published.

The Year 2011:

I met Evan Guilford-Blake in September of 2011 when I took his short story writing class.  He was a great teacher and I learned a lot. One of his short stories, Dreidel, is one of my favorites and it’s a great one to read this time of year.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, December 14, 2012

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Christmas Holidays, The White House in Stone Mountain, Georgia

The Christmas holidays bring decorations to most homes this time of year. Near the Village of Stone Mountain, Georgia where I live, there’s a Georgian structure home from the 1870’s that’s part of the Historic Society, called the Wells-Brown House. The outside of the house is “white” and this year’s decorations are green wreaths with red bows.

“This house reminds me of two houses that were important in my life.  The first one was the two-story house where I was born in Tennessee from the same circa. The other one I called home,  Western North Carolina, was a small one-story white house with green shutters and rooms not quite large enough  for a widow with five small children. I remember Christmas being a special time because that’s when I, as the only girl in the family, gathered Holly leaves with their red berries from the woods behind our house to decorate the scrawny pine tree I found. Then, finally  Christmas morning came and we opened our brown paper bag loaded with goodies from Santa. Inside was one apple, one orange, nuts to crack and sticks of peppermint candy to enjoy.”

1- White House Christmas 20123-White House Christmas 2012

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, December 13, 2012


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Photography: The Umbrella Man

A couple of months ago, I saw a man wearing an umbrella hat. He was busy returning all the shopping carts to the front of our local International Farmers Market. The sun was bright, so I don’t think he was wearing it because of the rain. Perhaps he’s getting ready to go to a soccer game after work.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, December 12, 2o12 (12-12-12)


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Authors, Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens was first published in December 1843 and became an instant success.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

It’s an amazing tale with a happy ending about a man named Scrooge who’s haunted by three ghosts of  Christmas past, present and yet to come. 

The 1984 movie of A Christmas Carol with actor George C. Scott is worth seeing. Perhaps after you watch it you will see why one of the character’s name is Tiny Tim.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, December 11, 2012

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