Celebrating National Rubber Eraser Day

Does this have anything to do with the tradition of tax deadline day?

I recently read that today is the day we celebrate the rubber eraser that appears on the top of the number 2 pencil. And larger rubber erasers too, I presume?

Here are a few fun facts about this day much appreciated by writers before the era of word processing technology.

  • On April 15, 1770, Joseph Priestly used pieces of vegetable gum imported from Brazil to remove pencil marks. He dubbed the substance “rubber”.

Cool – I didn’t know that’s how rubber got its name – but it makes sense.

  • In 1770 Edward Nairne developed the first marketable rubber eraser.
  • In 1858 – Hyman Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil with an eraser at the end.

There’s a day for everything – some for reasons quite puzzling. But the eraser has received accolades from every writer from first grade student to Pulitzer Prize winner – because we all make mistakes – but each of us deserves a second chance!

Book Review of The Angels’ Share by Ellen Crosby

Some mystery series’, as some television shows, lose the interest of readers/viewers over the years. Plot concepts become less compelling, more unrealistic. Not so with Ellen Crosby’s Wine Country Mysteries.

The Angels’ Share, the tenth in the series is the most captivating of them all, in my opinion. A lesson in history, food for thought regarding some intriguing controversies, in addition to a compelling murder mystery.

A local mega-wealthy nonagenarian art and artifact collector is murdered shortly after conversing with Lucie Montgomery, Virginia winery owner and main character. The conversation occurred privately, at an annual event at his expansive estate.

Was the culprit a member of the aging man’s family? A Washington Tribune associate upset with his plans to sell the paper? Someone from the community with an unknown motive? Lucie, as usual, must solve the mystery, as she and her family, fiancee’ and winemaker, Quinn, brother Eli and his family, and the winery staff prepare for the holiday season.

The dead man was a Freemason, who planned to share a history shattering revelation at an upcoming meeting. During his conversation with Lucie he made a request she was unable to fulfill, due to lack of knowledge of the location of a historic item reportedly owned by Lucie’s ancestors.

The most fascinating part of the story is Lucie’s pursuit of the truth regarding the question of whether Shakespeare or Francis Bacon was responsible for the writings attributed to Shakespeare.

Her quest for hidden papers which might reveal the truth about the mystery lead her to a lockbox, at the local bank, and a search of local historical sites. She also engaged in conversation with researchers at Historic Jamestowne and at the Folger library, where many original copies of Shakespearian plays are located.

The Dust Bunny Project, and the fact that Shakespearean classic, The Tempest may be based on the wreck of The Sea Venture, a ship on its way to Jamestowne, are fascinating. As the future advances, we gain more tools for learning about the past.

I do hope Shakespeare really did write “Shakespeare”, not Francis Bacon. The name “Shakespeare” sounds much more literary. I do believe in revealing the truth if it’s proven beyond doubt, but it’s sad so many cherished beliefs have been blown to bits in recent times.

History buffs, mystery lovers, wine aficianados, will find something to love in this story. The relationship between Quinn and Lucie continues to develop, delighting fans of romance, also. Can’t wait for the next book.

Featured Quotes from Authors and Books

What’s past is prologue – William Shakespeare in The Tempest

This quote was included in the book I’m reviewing next: Angel’s Share – the latest Ellen Crosby Wine Country Mystery.

Crabapples are blooming – we hope winter is behind us. We wish the pandemic was.

But Shakespeare – or Francis Bacon – whatever one believes about this controversy – is correct.

We do seem doomed to repeat past mistakes – but also to be reassured by the fact that the season -, or perhaps even polyester leisure suits – will inevitably return to reassure or haunt us.

Escape-Hatch Novels for Current Times — Books for Animal Lovers

Cats, Books, Mystery Books,

First we have a pandemic. Then along comes a nationwide protest over a heinous act, the protests being usurped by rioters. We need a portal into a world of peace, a portal that, unfortunately, doesn’t exist. What we do have, however, is the escape-hatch novel. The escape-hatch novel has no room for serial murderers lurking […]

Escape-Hatch Novels for Current Times — Books for Animal Lovers

Ran across this great list of cozies featuring animals – those soothing creatures that help us endure stress best. Hope you enjoy – Penny Here’s the link for Animal Lover Books the source blog.

Book Review of The Tenant by Katrine Engberg

The novel The Tenant by Katrine Engberg is a superlative literary mystery set in Denmark. It’s more on the dark side than I usually like to read, but the beautifully detailed wording of the first pages drew me in.

I continued to read through a scene that, though not overly gruesome, creeped me out a bit. The literary style of writing never let me down, however, as I read on.

An elderly gentleman literally stumbled upon his neighbor’s body and there began the mystery. A pair of Copenhagen police detectives are saddled with the task of unraveling the relationships between the disparate personalities who inhabit an apartment building and their landlady.

Truth and fiction are intertwined in this suspenseful, emotion stirring thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

We are lucky that Katrine Engberg left the performance entertainment world to captivate us with her word artistry.

Amish fiction isn’t my favorite, so I haven’t read Criminally Cocoa, but Amanda Flower is a great, highly talented author. Discovered this Easter related title in her candy shop mystery series. If you love Amish fiction, I highly recommend any series by Amanda.

I do wish she would bring back her original non-Amish series set in an Ohio college town. But this Easter tale should be entertaining.

With a spotted pig, a chocolate bunny, the New York City skyline on the cover, I imagine this is quite a story.

Book Review of Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier

picture of leslie meier easter bunny murder book

I read Easter Bunny Murder many years ago, but the mostly holiday based Lucy Stone Mysteries by Leslie Meier are features of every special season. These lovely cozies are comforting traditions to re-read any time of the year, whether borrowed from the library or purchased to keep and treasure. I picked up a paperback version of this one at a used book store recently.

A man dressed as the Easter Bunny really is murdered in this tale. The killing takes place at a planned community Easter egg hunt on a posh estate on the Maine Coast.

The victim’s grandmother has been changing her habits and main character Lucy wonders if her behavior and that of her heirs has anything to do with the murder.

Lucy, a middle aged writer for a small town in Maine’s weekly newspaper, married to a carpenter, and with four children, must take care of herself and her family as she tries to trace the killer’s identity from a “basket of suspects”. Will she identify him or her in time to save future victims – and herself – from his – or her – wrath?

I know, it sounds like a tragic scene. A murder at an Easter event for children. But we know it’s fiction and the story is so enchantingly written that it ends up being cute and humorous, for the most part, instead of terrifying.

It’s a great spring escape for those who enjoy cozies featuring family, the realities of modern life, a good mystery plot. Pick one up at a new or used book shop, or order one from the internet. It was published in 2013, but it’s evergreen.