The Rambling Blogger

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be switching to my new blog home next week. I’ve picked out a very summery looking header I hope you’ll like. I’ve also wondered how it would work to put some order into my blog-keeping. Maybe having a plan will keep the juices flowing.
So far I’m thinking:
Tuesday something historical
Wednesday I’ll post a poem
Thursday a fiction story
Saturday I’ll write about an interesting book or blog post I’ve read

To start my new habit, I’d like to tell you about a post I read yesterday over at Another Purple Planet. This blogger is turning thirty and sharing with us a list of the important truths she’s learned up until now. I told her in a comment that I’m more than thirty years older and can’t add much to her list. (So why is it that we human beings who consider ourselves so intelligent, spend years learning the same lessons over and over?)

Click here to read her article and see if you can add anything.

A heads-up for readers of this blog:
You won’t have to do anything. Subscribers will be moved as well as the domain, This current site will revert back to the pre-domain address of, so if you want to check out some post in these archives you’ll need to type in that address. Christine Composes will go back to

Hope you’re all having a great weekend!


Important to Know

Lotte Lehmann became a famous opera singer just before WWI and performed a total of 93 roles in her career. She retired from the opera in 1951 and became a music teacher for over twenty years.

One day she was visiting with an up-and-coming young soprano who remarked sympathetically that “It must be terrible for a great singer like you to realize you’ve lost your voice.”

“Not at all,” the older lady replied. “It would be terrible indeed if I didn’t realize it.”

Making A House A Home


by Edgar Guest

The landlord wouldn’t paint the place
or keep it in repair,
yet at the window panes was lace,
though every board was bare
and those who passed it by could trace
the tenant’s tender care.

And those who passed it by could see
a blossoming plant or two.
Despite the tenant’s poverty
a little garden grew,
lovely and gay and orderly
the blazing summer through.

The landlord Life at times seems cold
and deaf to every plea,
yet to our dreams we still can hold;
courageous we can be
and round the place plant marigolds
for passers-by to see.

We, too, with faith, can plant a rose
where all is bleak and bare
and fashion pretty furbelows
for windows of despair,
and work, till our poor dwelling shows
a tenant’s tender care.

From his book, LIFE’S HIGHWAY
© 1933 by the Reilly & Lee Co.

Wild Flower….

Are you in the mood for something whimsical today? I came across this poem several days ago and thought you readers might enjoy it as much as I did.
Thanks M-R for allowing me to Reblog your lovely poem.

Montana Rose Photography

dsc_4113I often wonder what it’s like
To be a little wild flower
Lost amongst the others
Out in a big ole field
Bending in the wind
Basking in the sun
Soaking up the rain
It’s the same old story
A little bit cliché really
Still…it doesn’t stop me
From wishing it was so
To be a little wild flower
Dancing in a field of snow

Or maybe something like that. I don’t know really.  Just words rumbling around in my head.  This picture was taken on my trip last year.  I stopped a little place in Wisconsin. No idea what it was called. I remember being disappointed with the actual destination in that area, but I got a few good shots.

This obviously isn’t the original picture. I mean, in a sense.  I played around with it. I like it better this way. I hope that you do too.


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What Could Be?

I came across this little poem recently and found it encouraging. Hope you enjoy it, too.

I’d rather be a Could Be
if I couldn’t be an ARE —
for a Could Be is a May Be
with a chance of touching par.
I’d rather be a Has Been
than a Might Have Been by far —
for a Might Have been has never been,
But a Has was once an ARE!

Author Unknown to me

I’ve posted my Friday Fictioneers response, on my Christine Composes blog. You can read it here: Jack Miner’s Discovery

The Case of the Talented Writer

Meet  Author Alison Golden

Her Amazon Author Page Link here
Her website: Cosy

If you are one to enjoy a good cozy mystery now and then I’ll tell you about a series I’ve been reading and enjoying. I just finished the latest: The Case of the Broken Doll, an Inspector David Graham Cozy Mystery.

Detective Inspector David Graham has left the big city behind and chosen a quieter life on the Isle of Jersey, where crime is supposedly minimal. But quiet it hasn’t been since he arrived. First he had a couple of murder cases to solve and now a disappearance.

But this case is a cold one: fifteen-year-old Beth disappeared from a street in the village of Gorey street ten years ago, leaving behind only the leg broken off the doll she was carrying. And one of his two constables, Jim Roach, was a classmate of Beth’s. There were no witnesses at all; a search of the whole island yielded no trace of her.

Folks are remembering her on the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, so of course D I Graham hears the story. Some folks — and especially his constable, Jim Roach — encourage him to look into this unsolved mystery, so he starts making inquiries. His first visit is with Beth’s mother, now widowed. Ann Ridley has made a shrine of Beth’s room and is operating the Beth Ridley Foundation, accepting donations to fund the ongoing search for her daughter. After ten years, is it all in vain?

I really enjoyed this well plotted, well executed police procedural. I’m happy to see the author further developing her cast of characters and I especially enjoyed seeing them as a team working together to solve this case. Captain Janet goes online; DI Graham and Constable Jim interview teachers and people who saw Beth Ridley that morning, trying to get some lead as to how she could simply vanish. Then a random glance turns into their best clue.

I saw a few spots that could have used a bit of editorial polish, but over all it’s well written, as is all her stories. I’m eager to read the next one.

This novel is considered a stand-alone, but the series order is:
#1 The Case of the Screaming Beauty (Prequel)
#2 The Case of the Hidden Flame
#3 The Case of the Fallen Hero
#4 The Case of the Broken Doll
#5 The Case of the Missing Letter — to be released soon

This writer also write a cozy series involving the Reverend Annabelle Dixon, an Anglican priest in a small English village.
I understand her third series is more suspenseful and the main character is Diana Hunter.