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

Prologue

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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This One Sold #7

October 7, 2013

 

 

 

 

I was looking for an illustration to post and I found this one buried in my picture file.  Created in 1995 for the editorial page of Portland’s main newspaper, The Oregonian, it accompanied an article dealing with the shutdown of the Federal government due to the feud between Republicans and another Democratic president, Bill Clinton. Based on the saying—what’s old becomes new again—I should contact The Oregonian and ask them if they want to run it again. 

  

 



Comments

27 Comments
Please tell me that the Democrats shut down or attempted to shut down the government over something sometime.
By: Tabor on October 7, 2013
The snake would actually work pretty good since the Tea Party flag is a snake with the slogan Don't Tread on Me.
By: PT Dilloway on October 7, 2013
Politics...par for the course.
By: David Walston on October 7, 2013
Appropos, but snakes, even ones from illustrations, give me the heebie jeebies!
By: Shelly on October 7, 2013
I've been reading this weekend about Malala -- the brave Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban. It occurred to me that politicians 'afraid' of standing up to the tea party could stand a lesson or two about standing up a facing down these bullies. Get a grip, Mr. Speaker! SSSSSsssssss
By: The Broad on October 7, 2013
Both parties have used this tactic to force negotiations to their side. Bush One backed down on his "No new taxes" pledge due to a weekend Gvmt shutdown. When this is over, I hope they pass some laws making this tactic illegal or at least very difficult to implement. It is bad politics. We have better means to effect change, ELECTIONS!!
By: Cranky on October 7, 2013
Our government has become ridiculous!! I'm moving to Mars--do you have any extra boxes?
By: fishducky on October 7, 2013
grrr...
By: TexWisGirl on October 7, 2013
BTW, if you ever want to relive your vacation to India now you can do it with Google Street Views: http://mashable.com/2013/10/05/street-view-india/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link
By: PT Dilloway on October 7, 2013
Not a single constructive thing has come out of Washington for a week. I think this painting is spot on.
By: Michael Offutt on October 7, 2013
The more things change... Yes, this illustration could be used almost every year now.
By: mimi on October 7, 2013
Politicians behaving badly... buffoons. Plenty in Canada too.
By: Daniel LaFrance on October 7, 2013
Sure, sell it again. Hey, somebody will probably cash in on those bozos. Might as well be you. And frankly, I like the snakes/congress comparison. S
By: Scott Cody Park on October 7, 2013
Oh my...yes, I think The Oregonian should rerun the article and the picture, with an update for today's situation and a BIG headline saying something like, "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it."
By: Pixel Peeper on October 7, 2013
Wait! We survived a shutdown? Carry on. I find it much ado about nothing. What will happen will happen. It's theater. I'm wondering why you chose green for your snake. Money? Envy? Or because you knew back then that it's my favorite color?
By: Val on October 7, 2013
I think you nailed it. It will be interesting to see how the next elections play out.
By: Brett Minor on October 7, 2013
I hate politics...everyone involved owns the blame- no one from the top down has dirty hands...I'm disgusted. Your illustration is spot on.
By: Kathe W. on October 7, 2013
Great image!
By: John on October 8, 2013
Like PT Dilloway says above, this is even more appropriate this time around. Great illustration. You SHOULD contact the Oregonian!
By: Mitchell is Moving on October 8, 2013
I'm always impressed by your artistic talent, Stephen. I hope your government sorts itself out soon, as the instability is having a negative effect on my stocks & shares!
By: Bryan Jones on October 8, 2013
All politicians regardless of party are snakes! Slithering, lying, bribing, cheating snakes...but I love your art! lol
By: Bouncin Barb on October 8, 2013
Absolutely sell it again. I must say this latest go-round has deeply disturbed me. While I could post about it, I don't want to. My humor would become mean and I don't want to be mean. Elephants and donkeys: who knew they were BOTH weasels?
By: Al Penwasser on October 8, 2013
Boehner is such a loser.
By: Eva Gallant on October 8, 2013
One thing is sure, Obama will blame Bush for the shutdown.
By: Agent 54 on October 8, 2013
Indeed it is timely, again. That says a great deal, doesn't it. Great image.
By: Tom Cochrun on October 8, 2013
Politicians behaving badly...again...and again...and again. You should just hang on to this one as it probably could be used a number of time in the course of a lifetime.
By: Cheryl P. on October 9, 2013
I only wish the best for our country in the days ahead.
By: Michael Manning on October 12, 2013

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