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A mystery writer visits


Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

Running a motel in Helena, Montana, was a very confining business, the mystery writer and Chatfield native, Elizabeth Gunn told an audience last week at the Harmony Public Library. "There were whole years where we didnt have one day off," she said.

Consequently, there was a lot of restlessness stored up, so when Elizabeth, and her husband, Philip, sold their business and bought a sailboat, they spent the next year and half sailing from port to port along the western coast of Mexico. "We decided not to let any more grass grow under our feet," Elizabeth said.

The couple eventually parted with their boat in San Diego and headed to the Florida Keys. It had been a long journey, an epic adventure, one that had changed them forever. And the journey was far from over.

"I decided that I wanted to tell my story so I started writing travel articles," Elizabeth said. When they sailed a trawler up the inland coastal waterway of the eastern United States, Elizabeth made sure that she had already sold six stories in advance to a boating magazine. It became a package deal when Philip started selling his photographs to go along with Elizabeths articles.

The incessant traveling continued overseas, where the Gunns spent a year learning Spanish in Barcelona and traveling around the recently liberated countries of the former Soviet Bloc. "Those were such euphoric times," Elizabeth said. "Nobody had yet started worrying about who was going to pay for everything."

After a few years of travel writing, Elizabeth couldnt help but notice that she had collected quite a stack of newspaper and magazine articles with her by-line. "By gum, theres my name on all those clippings," she realized, " I guess I really am a writer!" The idea of taking her work to another level, of doing something more ambitious, seemed like the logical next step. It was time to write a book.

After researching the book business Elizabeth concluded that the bread and butter of the publishing world were mysteries. Despite, knowing nothing about the genre, Elizabeth decided that she would write a mystery.

It was around this time that Elizabeth was visiting her sister in Rochester. She was sitting on the front porch one summer evening enjoying the peaceful and idyllic setting when it suddenly occurred to her what she could write about. "I decided I wanted to write a murder mystery which was set in a place where nothing bad ev .....
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Flight

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 3, 2000

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright flew a powered aircraft for twelve seconds. Their flight covered a distance of about forty yards at a speed of almost seven miles per hour. Six years later, the Wright boys s ..... 
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Start with the courthouse

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 3, 2000

Start with the courthouse. That's my advice to the soon-to-be appointed Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee that was created by the county board last Tuesday. The evaluation of the shops and other facilities can w ..... 
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Curdlecod goes Asiatic

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Chester and Cynthia Curdlecod are the local gourmets of Flabbergast County and one evening last week we were invited to their home for dinner. They take pride in their ability to prepare sumptuous meals from the local fish, fowl and fauna and avoid b ..... 
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Journal Profile # 73

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Name: Winifred Eiken
Home: Henrytown
Age: 63 on April 12
Profession: Amish Tour Guide
Family: Husband - Roger; 2 sons - Ashley and Richard; 2 daughters - Jill and Joan; 12 grandchildren; 1 great ..... 
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Wedding Punch

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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2 cans (12 oz. each) frozen lemonade concentrate
2 cans (12 oz. each) frozen pineapple juice concentrate
1 quart water
1 liter ginger ale
1 liter bottle sparkling water
1 large bottle sparkling white grape juice or champagne ..... 
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7/10/00

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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To the Editor,

This is great! I will no longer have to wait long periods of my life for Mom to mail old issues of the Journal. The Journal is at my finger tips at any time of the day or night (www.fillmorecountyjournal.com). It has been the g ..... 
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