The other gene pool

Friday, February 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm

So if my law enforcement gene pool started with my grandfather, from whence did the literary gene pool bubble? My father’s a scientist, his father a builder, dad’s mom a secretary, my mom had no artistic talent, but my sister both writes and paints…when I look at my children, I wonder from which pool they […]

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A “court”ship

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 8:01 am

When partners are able to contribute their strengths equally, something special happens…whether that be at the house, on the court or on the streets…but as often the case in life, none of us are all-on always. The ebbs and flows affect how much and often we can share of ourselves. In tennis, particularly, the output […]

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A tennis partnership and other twosomes

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm

For my readers who don’t know me, I am also a tennis player – hard core, competitive, most of the time pretty good. Heck, I’m even ranked as a singles player nationally. But today, today I was wild – crazy – erratic – a poor excuse for a doubles partner. I have learned through living […]

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Monday, February 22, 2010 at 7:50 am

For a long time after I quit working for the police force, I continued to blade. Know what that means? It’s how an officer stands with his gun-side leg slightly behind the other, angled back, to keep the weapon shielded from the person you’re interviewing…so as I’m right handed, my left leg was always in […]

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The meaning of cold

Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 7:13 am

Having little or no warmth. Not affectionate, cordial or friendly. Lacking in passion, emotion, enthusiasm. Chilled. With complete competence, thoroughness, or certainty, as in he learned his speech cold. It’s a complicated word. Four little letters with a multitude of meanings. In my book, Cold Case in Ellyson, the word “cold” has a double meaning…cold […]

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Multitasking on steroids

Monday, February 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

Texting while driving is dangerous. We all know that. But for a moment, consider what a cop has to manage on the road: obvoiusly driving at a sometimes high rate of speed, lights, sirens, MDT (multi-display terminal, or laptop), radio, spotlight, oh, and the person they’re pursuing…you can understand that dangers of managing so much. […]

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Baseball and Valentine’s

Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 8:02 am

I fell in love late in life, with baseball. I’ve been an athlete of some sport all my life and today play competitive tennis, but baseball was just a mere blip on my sport radar. But as is often the case, when you love someone, you love what they love. That love began to beat […]

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It’s in the genes

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 8:08 am

Police work is in my blood, genes, that is. My grandfather was Sheriff in Alabama for many years in the 50s. I imagine back then that law enforcement officers were treated with more respect than today, that crime wasn’t as rampant, that you only had to carry one weapon, and then, not always. My grandfather […]

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Family disturbances are sometimes underrated

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 7:08 am

As a police officer, a call about a family disturbance can mean many things from a verbal argument to a homicide. That’s why they’re considered one of the most dangerous calls – police officers have to be prepared for anything. One of the few times I had to draw my gun was at a family […]

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Gun belts and gowns

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 9:24 am

So I’ve talked about some of my police work that provides much of the detail in Cold Case in Ellyson, but there is another side to me, the girly girl, the debutante. Who cares? you must be asking yourself… But it is important to the story. I am more than one kind of person, and […]

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