Welcome to the Chubby Chatterbox Newsletter, where I’ll be posting favorites from the Chubby Chatterbox archives. In addition, my complete thriller Return of the Mary Celeste will soon be serialized here for those who have asked for something beyond a regular post.

My novel is based on a true event, arguably the greatest maritime mystery of all time. In 1872 the crew and passengers of Boston brigantine Mary Celeste abandoned their seaworthy ship and its valuable cargo, vanishing in the middle of the Atlantic. Speculation over their fate has never abated. History records that after the Mary Celeste tragedy no one from that fateful voyage was ever seen again. History is about to be rewritten…

Return of the Mary Celeste


Tragedy struck the brigantine Mary Celeste on the morning of November 25, 1872. The hourly log was later recovered from the deserted vessel; At 8 a.m. the last notation was made. By 9 a.m. no one remained aboard to chalk the next entry.

Something had terrified Captain Benjamin Briggs and his crew, prompting the seasoned skipper to make a decision certain to affect not only himself, his ship and crew, but his family as well—his wife and two year old daughter were aboard Mary Celeste. Much ink has been spilled in fanciful and scientific attempts to explain the calamity that engulfed this perfectly seaworthy ship, yet all that is known for certain is this: in a matter of minutes Captain Briggs became convinced that the only way to save their lives was by ordering everyone into a hastily launched lifeboat. By giving the order to abandon ship, he also launched the greatest of all maritime mysteries.

On December 5, 1872, a month after leaving New York Harbor, Mary Celeste was found drifting on a calm and empty sea. The ship was in fine condition, perfectly intact with valuable cargo safely stored in her hold, but the crew and passengers had vanished. None were ever seen again.

Until now….

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Happy Super Bowl

February 2, 2014





Mrs. C. and I aren't huge sports fans but we do watch the Super Bowl. I hope your team does well, whoever you're rooting for. As for predictions; I predict I'll eat too much, enjoy a few commercials and be confused by the game. Until then, some fellow bloggers forwarded these pictures. You might have seen these before but they made me chuckle.









Have a great day.





I've heard that between the commercials they have short breaks where a football game is played.
By: Cranky on February 2, 2014
We watch the commercials, although we're so accustomed to tuning those out that we sometimes forget. Then someone posts a "best commercials" list and I didn't even see some of them. Oh well.
By: Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma on February 2, 2014
love the sun dogs and cats. :)
By: TexWisGirl on February 2, 2014
You would think that since he couldn't open the car door he might have figured something was wrong. Oh...no, wait...this is Walmart. Never mind. :)
By: on February 2, 2014
We're not football fans either. I'm rooting for the Patriots. B is betting on the Giants.
By: tom sightings on February 2, 2014
I'm playing Chef Linda today and SM is my one and only diner (victim). I fixing mini Rueben bites, bacon wrapped Jalapeno bites and mini pizzas. And after half time....death by chocolate cake. Super Bowl is just another excuse to eat. Go Broncos.
By: Oma Linda on February 2, 2014
As an Englishman,I must confess I don't fully understand the rules of American football. But it clearly is a major national event over in the USA, so enjoy.
By: Bryan Jones on February 2, 2014
yup- we're going to our neighbors for a Super Food Party...there might be some football involved, but mostly food and funny commercials! Go Broncos...just saying....
By: Kathe W. on February 2, 2014
Willy Dunne Wooters just confirmed for me that the stuper bowl is tonight and he isn't interested in it. Thank you, God. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on February 2, 2014
We aren't much in the way of football fans either but we are going to a party tonight to gorge of Super Bowl themed food. I do get into the commercials just so I have something to talk about tomorrow. Have a fun evening doing whatever you plan on doing.
By: Cheryl P. on February 2, 2014
Heh,heh. Love the ray of death. Watching for commercials tonight, don't have a preference to win.
By: Val on February 2, 2014
We don't have a TV, but the kids somehow get the game on the computer, and they call me into the room for the commercials. As for the eating, they will do most of that, kids eat a lot!
By: mimi on February 2, 2014
It is the end of the 3th quarter and I find myself surfing the internet.....
By: David Walston on February 2, 2014
I remember reading that the average football fan puts on 10 pounds during football season. That's almost as bad as Christmas...
By: Pixel Peeper on February 2, 2014
Well, the Superbowl is over now and it pretty much left me speechless. But I really loved your pics! At least something made me smile after the whole Superbowl debacle.
By: Lexa Cain on February 2, 2014
Ha! Love these pics- more entertaining that the actual game~
By: Shelly on February 3, 2014
I use to be a big sports fan, but that has faded to watching Sleeper-bowl. The highlights are some of the commercials and this years Half time show. Enjoyed Bruno Mars show!
By: Daniel LaFrance on February 4, 2014
By: John on February 6, 2014

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