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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Was That Love in the Air?

February 16, 2015




Was that love in the air on Saturday, or something else? Even though Mrs. Chatterbox and I agreed not to exchange Valentine’s Day gifts, she presented me with one anyway. Perhaps she grew tired of me coming home from hardware stores empty handed. Now there’s a new addition to Casa Chatterbox. He doesn’t look like a Johnny; more like a Brad.


If you don’t get the humor in my wife’s puckish gesture, all will be made clear (here).






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Who says romance is dead? So does Brad work as well as Johnny?
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on February 16, 2015
Nothing says Valentine's Day like a new toilet plunger!
By: Cranky on February 16, 2015
A peace offering?
By: Daniel LaFrance on February 16, 2015
Oh Mrs. Chatterbox is so thoughtful. Glad you had a romantic Saturday
By: Oma Linda on February 16, 2015
Now that is true love. ;)
By: Rita McGregor on February 16, 2015
awww. that's just sweet. :)
By: TexWisGirl on February 16, 2015
Oh hey I could have done with one of those on Saturday. Pity that my beloved didn't have a similar idea :)
By: Jenny Woolf on February 16, 2015
She took the plunge, eh?
By: Hilary on February 16, 2015
ahah! she took the plunge and bought a truly romantic gift! Smart and practical with more than a touch of humor! Cheers!
By: on February 16, 2015
Gotta love her sense of humor. That is a priceless gift and I hope Johnny will soon just be a fond memory.
By: Akansas Patti on February 16, 2015
Considering the day, she COULD have got you a red one.
By: Catalyst on February 16, 2015
Just bought the book!!
By: fishducky on February 16, 2015
Did it really come with a bow? AND what did you get her? A brush to scrub that porcelain throne?
By: Tabor on February 16, 2015
Methinks she does indeed love you very much. For constipation is often not an easy fix, and having the right tool to use is essential to unplugging the...well...um...plug.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on February 16, 2015
By: The Bug on February 16, 2015
It seems she has plunged in love with you all over again.
By: Val on February 16, 2015
Who says romance dies off after many years of marriage! Personally, I think she could have made it a bouquet - you know, one for each bathroom.
By: Pixel Peeper on February 16, 2015
Love wasn't in the air around here. It was in bed. Congratulations on your gift. I liked mine better. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on February 16, 2015
you're so close to the doghouse I bet you can smell the Kibbles and Bits.
By: Rick on February 16, 2015
Glad you both took the plunge!
By: Michael Manning on February 16, 2015
I remember that tale well. Lets hope this one manages to remain with you.........................
By: John on February 17, 2015
gotta love a sense of humor.
By: Ellen Abbott on February 17, 2015

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