Four of Mary Vine’s magazine articles on ghost towns in Northeast Oregon are published, and she is the author of MAYA’S GOLD, A PLACE TO LAND, WANTING MOORE and A HAUNTING IN TRILLIUM FALLS. In her other life, she teaches speech and language to K-12 students and you can usually find her in Southwest Idaho or NE Oregon.
In the early part of 2018 I had the pleasure of working with Gary Novo on publishing his novella, MURDER AT #23 PUMP HOUSE.
A couple of spirits showed up in this book so I asked him his opinion on the hereafter. He said, “I think the spirits of our family members who have passed on before us have a way of influencing our lives – maybe our thoughts if not our actions. I think this is especially true for parents and grandparents or those with whom we’ve had close relationships while they were living. Even if we were not particularly close, I think they still reach out to us.
I thought about his words more than once, because I did a search on Ancestry.com to find names and information on my husband’s mother’s side of the family, since nothing much was ever said about them.
My husband and I have enjoyed Northeast Oregon, and have gone back time and again. Over the years we have acquired some land and use vacation time in the area. It turns out that his great-great grandfather and some of his brothers came to the area as well, and most were buried there. It’s been a pleasure to find his grave and lay a flower or two next to the headstone.
Other time, there were five or six occurrences of hearing my grandmother’s first name. While not a common name, I heard it over TV, people I met, and on the internet, all in a short period of time. Perhaps it was just a coincidence or not, but I took a moment by myself to say hello to her.
FBI Agent Crawford Stone expects to go hiking in Northeast Oregon but enters a cave and travels back in time to a rowdy gold mining town. He’s not the only one out of place as he finds an attractive woman attempting to ward off the men gathering around her.
School teacher Sarah Goldbrick leaves her quiet hometown to travel to Cracker City, Oregon in search of what or who is responsible for the death of her husband. She finds the investigator she needs in an unconventionally dressed lawman with unusual expertise.
Sarah’s husband left his mark in this town and while Crawford unearths crime in the area, he has not forgotten about his plan to go back to the future and wonders if Sarah will go with him.
This early counting book introduces children (ages 1-3) to numbers 1-10 and links them to God’s creations and the concept of blessings. I read this book and then decided to take it with me to the 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school class I subbed in. Yes, they may be a little old for the book, but it still provided a good reason to talk about why counting your blessings was such a good thing – and as a discussion point, to ask the children why the Bible tells us to count our blessings.
I told them to pay special attention to each numbered blessing so they could tell/remind me when we counted them over again. One girl noted that each number rhymes with the blessing. We also took note of the nice, professional art on each page.
Went over well – and I will count my blessings, too.