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 Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013










This was one of my first illustrations. I can no longer remember who the client was but I recall he wanted a black and white picture that resembled the work of Norman Rockwell. Unlike much of my work, this is painted on canvas.





I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. 



Somehow, in my mind, that kid peering out from behind the turkey is you! Happy Thanksgiving!
By: Pixel Peeper on November 28, 2013
WOW! I love those promising, innocent images. Beautiful work. Many blessings on this holiday.
By: mindy on November 28, 2013
i like the old-timiness of it! many blessings wished to you today!
By: TexWisGirl on November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving, Stephen! very Norman Rockwell!
By: the broad on November 28, 2013
I love it--but did Rockwell do black & whites?
By: fishducky on November 28, 2013
I love this piece of work. The details are incredible. From the painting and fruit bowl to the wall-paper. You even squeezed in a dog. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and your faithful blog followers.
By: Daniel LaFrance on November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving! Great work, I do like the B&W.
By: David Walston on November 28, 2013
and Happy Thanksgiving to you! Your painting really reminds me of my childhood and Thanksgivings past. Cheers!
By: Kathe W. on November 28, 2013
That's a wonderful drawing, Stephen. Even a nod to Van Gogh in the background. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
By: Hilary on November 28, 2013
You capture the spirit and joy of the family Thanksgiving meal. Wonderful image. Happy Thanksgiving to you. Thanks for all the great posts.
By: Tom Cochrun on November 28, 2013
Now that is how I remember Thanksgiving to be. Wonderful and surrounded by loved ones. Fabulous artwork!!
By: Bouncin Barb on November 28, 2013
Stephen you are such a talented human. I love this black and white. Such detail and I love the happiness and warmth portrayed. We should all be this lucky to sit at a table where everyone is happy to be there, has nice things to say and doesn't cause a brouhaha. It has been many years since I've gathered with my extended family for just those reasons......they don't really behave themselves. Casa de Cuckoo on the other hand are concerned I'll have a melt down so it's all happy, happy, joy, joy....er something like that. Happy Turkey day to you and yours. Oma Linda
By: Oma Linda on November 28, 2013
happy thanksgiving Stephen
By: Fran on November 28, 2013
I hope you're having a lovely day. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on November 28, 2013
I felt the same as Pixel Peeper...that little boy with the light in his eyes was you waiting for someone to carve the bird. I really like this simple story.
By: Tabor on November 28, 2013
A blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving Day to you and yours. Your blog is one of my very favorites.
By: mimi on November 28, 2013
I hope you've had a wonderful day!
By: red on November 28, 2013
Nicely done! It has a nice warm feeling. to it. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your wife, and thank you for both the entertainment and the education I've received from your posts.
By: jenny_o on November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving! That's a great picture, sort of if Norman Rockwell were painting Leave it to Beaver.
By: PT Dilloway on November 28, 2013
You are amazing!!! Really...so talented. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
By: Cheryl P. on November 28, 2013
Nice ... happy Thanksgiving!
By: tom sightings on November 28, 2013
I love the expressions on all the faces! A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and Mrs. Chatterbox! :-)
By: Lexa Cain on November 28, 2013
I love the detail in the faces. But too much Seinfeld has me picturing Kramer's head on that plump fowl, and a crispy wing waving at me.
By: Val on November 28, 2013
That is amazing. I think 'ol Norman himself would have said so. Hope you and family had a great day. :)
By: Scott Cody Park on November 29, 2013
As always, you make me envious of your artistic talent. I hope you enjoyed yesterday with your friends and family. Best wishes
By: Bryan Jones on November 29, 2013
Wow, that really is Rockwell'ish. You really are good. Loved the boy behind the turkey.
By: Akansas Patti on November 29, 2013
Amazing! Love that piece of art!
By: Shelly on November 29, 2013
Who needs Norman Rockwell??? YOU are amazing!
By: Mitchell is Moving on December 1, 2013
What a great piece. and the expression on the boys face is so life like.
By: John on December 2, 2013

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