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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Happy Retirement

October 4, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Chatterbox has worked nonstop since graduating from college, and yesterday she retired after working twenty-one years for the City of Beaverton. She inherited a volunteer program that was spotty at best, and she grew it into an organization of over a hundred volunteers. Hers was the only department that actually saved our City money. You can see on the giant check in this photograph—presented to our chief of police—the amount she saved taxpayers by having volunteers perform jobs police officers would otherwise be required to do, freeing them for more important tasks.

 

 

 

 

I’m extremely proud of all she’s accomplished during the course of her career with the City. In addition to all of her municipal duties, she’s been a terrific mother to our son and she’s always encouraged and supported my endeavors. Years ago I dedicated my first novel to her. It was never published but this is a good time to share it with you:

 

For Sue, my wife and creative muse, whose limitless support and inspiration continually serve to remind me that love is more than just a four-letter word.

 

 

Everything I’ve accomplished in life is because of her. Many times I’ve given up on my dreams, tossed them in the trash only to have her retrieve them. She’s not only my wife; she’s my soul mate.

 

Happy retirement, Sweetheart. As Robert Browning wrote: “Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be….”

 

I’ll be back in a few weeks after CJ’s wedding. Take care, and be happy.

 

 

 

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32 Comments
Congratulations to your wife! She's probably one of the only ones to save the city money.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on October 4, 2017
Congratulations to Mrs. C (Sue)! I love her simply by knowing her through you. You two have so much to celebrate. Have a great time at the wedding!
By: Mitchell is Moving on October 4, 2017
Good luck to her in retirement and enjoy the wedding.
By: PT Dilloway on October 4, 2017
wow- she's a beautiful inspiration to me!
By: Kathe W. on October 4, 2017
Best wishes to Mrs C on her retirement, and can I just say how amazing it is that she has been able to find and lead that many volunteers in a time when so many good causes are losing them. That is a huge achievement, and the benefits have directly helped each citizen there. You are rightly proud of her! Have a great trip & stay safe.
By: jenny_o on October 4, 2017
All the very best to Mrs C in her retirement.
By: John on October 4, 2017
Congratulations Ms C! Sleep in tomorrow and make Stephen bring you breakfast in bed. You deserve it! :)
By: scott park on October 4, 2017
Congratulations Sue! Enjoy your new found free time. Hopefully you will continue travelling and pursuing new global adventures. Perhaps a river cruise :-)
By: Daniel LaFrance on October 4, 2017
Mazel tov, Mrs C!!
By: fishducky on October 4, 2017
First glance I thought that was her retirement check. If only. Think she should have gotten a percent anyway. Congrats big time Mrs. C. She is going to love these work free years where everyday is the weekend. .
By: Arkansas Patti on October 4, 2017
Congratulations to your wife - what an inspiration! Wishing you much happiness together in this new phase of life. Enjoy the wedding festivities!
By: Kelly on October 4, 2017
Congratulations on retirement, and i pray you have a safe, fun trip, your son and his bride have a beautiful marriage, and you two get to enjoy a lot of years together.
By: messymimi on October 4, 2017
I am so happy for your wife. She sounds like a remarkable woman. R
By: Rick Watson on October 4, 2017
Congratulations to Mrs C on her retirement? What a great tribute to your wife.
By: Red on October 4, 2017
Wow! Mrs. C is a saver AND a keeper! I can only wish that she enjoys her retirement as much as I enjoy mine!
By: Val on October 4, 2017
Congrats to your better half! She is needed for the White House budget. It just goes to show that the right person can do amazing things and prove that good budgeting brings results
By: Birgit on October 4, 2017
This brought goosebumps up my spine and tears to my eyes. Congratulations to your incredible wife. Beaverton's blessed by her contributions. Your loving partnership inspires. In Judaism, we call this kinda of coupledom "bashert." That means, basically, more than a soulmate - one's destiny.
By: Robyn Engel on October 5, 2017
sweet. happy retirement.
By: Ellen Abbott on October 5, 2017
Nicely said, Stephen. And congrats to Mrs. Chatterbox. Quite the accomplishments. I can see why you are so proud of her. I hope she enjoys her retirement.
By: Mr. Shife on October 6, 2017
Happy retirement to Sue and happy wedding to CJ and his bride. I hope you have a wonderful time. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on October 6, 2017
A beautiful tribute and post. Congrats to Mrs C for a meritorious career. Congrats to the family on the occasion of the wedding! Have a great vacation!
By: Tom Cochrun on October 6, 2017
Congrats to Mrs. C! She did a wonderful job!
By: Marcia @ Menopausal Mother on October 6, 2017
Aw, what a sweet ode to Mrs. C!
By: The Bug on October 7, 2017
Hey, give your lady a massive "Thank You" from this Cuban across the pond. A real heroine of her community. Greetings from London.
By: A Cuban In London on October 7, 2017
That's a huge accomplishment! Congratulations to Mrs. C and best wishes for her retirement.
By: Pixel Peeper on October 7, 2017
Aww what a lovely tribute to your wife. And Happy retirement to her too, may both you have many more happy times together.
By: LL Cool Joe on October 8, 2017
Way to go, Sue! Public servants all too often get a bad press but they truly are the backbone of our society.
By: Botanist on October 8, 2017
Good for her, good for you both!
By: Al Penwasser on October 9, 2017
Congratulations and happy retirement!
By: Sage on October 9, 2017
Congratulations, Sue! Take care of your old coot, now. :^)
By: Catalyst on October 11, 2017
Congratulations to your wife. 21 years is quite a bit of time to invest and I'm glad she made a huge difference. By the time I'm done with this place where I work, I'll have put in 30 years. It seems so far away.
By: Michael Offutt on October 13, 2017
Congrats. to her ... and to you! Do you guys get to spend any of that $2 million?!?
By: Tom Sightings on October 15, 2017

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