Monday, November 21, 2011

There's news, and then there's news . . . . Happy Happy - - - Rant Rant

Here's a bit of news that has made me happy.  (extracted in part from the MWA webpage):

Mystery Writers of America announced Martha Grimes as their 2012 Grand Master.  I've been a fan of Ms. Grimes forever and reading this news this morning started my day off just right.  Hooray!  

Previous Grand Masters include Sara Paretsky, Dorothy Gilman, James Lee Burke, Sue Grafton, Bill Pronzini, Stephen King, Marcia Muller, Dick Francis, Mary Higgins Clark, Lawrence Block, P.D. James, Ellery Queen, Daphne du Maurier, Alfred Hitchcock, Graham Greene, and Agatha Christie.

The award will be presented to Ms. Grimes at The Edgar Awards Banquet in New York City on April 26, 2012.  

Also being presented at the banquet - the 2012 Raven Awards to one mystery bookstore and one outstanding individual supporting the mystery book genre, the award recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.  The recipients are M is for Mystery in San Mateo, CA and Molly Weston of Meritorious Mysteries.

The 2012 Ellery Queen Award will be given to Joe Meyers of the Connecticut Post/Hearst Media News Group. The Ellery Queen award is given to editors or publishers who have distinguished themselves by their generous and wide-ranging support of the genre.

While I cannot claim the privilege of knowing Ms. Grimes, Joe Meyers or Ed and Jeannie Kaufmann who own M is for Mystery, I can proudly claim the ever-so-special Molly Weston as a friend.  I send heart-felt congratulations to everyone for the honor being bestowed upon them, and an extra special hug to Molly.  Well-deserved, sweetie! 

And then - there's the news that makes me feel like the top of my head is going to explode.

These little bits of news:

UC Davis Police Pepper-Spray Seated Students In Occupy Dispute (VIDEO) (UPDATES)

These two photos I pulled off of Facebook express my feelings to a "T" -



and if you're fed up, as I am, with congress getting in an uproar about us "regular folk" and Medicare/Medicaid - think about signing this petition:

Congress: If you voted against Medicare/Medicaid you shouldn't accept taxpayer-funded health insurance

"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."

- Winston Churchill


bo parker said...

Works of fiction and the folks involved seem to represent a part of our society that make more sense that those who who clain to be our natuion's leaders.
Wouldn't it be fun to line up a list of authors to be Pres, Veep, and cabinet members. Maybe Reacher as Sec. of Defense.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Bo! Brilliant! I'm going to think on this!

Bobbie said...

Fabulous posting! I'm sending some of this forward to friends and family members! And yes, I'm going to think on authors and their characters as leaders, wouldn't that be frabjous!

Thanks for making my day, Kaye.