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A mystery writer visits


Sun, Jul 23rd, 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 didn’t 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 Elizabeth’s 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 couldn’t help but notice that she had collected quite a stack of newspaper and magazine articles with her by-line. "By gum, there’s 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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Bare Feet

Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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I did something very daring last night. I walked outside in my bare feet to put a bag of trash in the dumpster. The dew-covered grass felt cool to my hot feet. The sidewalk was smooth and warm in contrast. The different temperatures and textures comp ..... 
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Lazarus

Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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Monday, July 17, 2000


Over the last several years, many of our farm cats have come to live with us as orphans, dropped off on the side of the road by some passerby who found it easier to dump an animal in the country than go through the e ..... 
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Curdlecod goes Asiatic

Sun, Jul 23rd, 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 # 75

Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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Name: Karla Wangen
Home: Rural Harmony
Age: 37
Profession: 1. Parent 2. City Clerk for the City of Canton
Family:Husband-Arlis Wangen; 3 daughters-Kayla-age 15, Krista-age 11 and Nicole-age 7.
Pers ..... 
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Chicken and Rice Dinner

Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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1 small box minute rice
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can celery soup
1/2 cup milk
cut up chicken
1 package dried onion soup mix
• Grease a 13x9 baking dish. Place minute rice in bottom of dish. Mix together soups and milk. Heat ..... 
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7/24/00

Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, July 24, 2000

Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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To the Editor,
I have been visiting family within Rushford. We decided to look at all that had been set up for Homecoming 2000. We passed the little kid’s amusement area and to my shock there was a huge blow-up Titanic!! I was absolutely appalled ..... 
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Sun, Jul 23rd, 2000
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