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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Twenty-One Years

August 7, 2017

 

Last week was National Night Out, a time for the community to come together and enjoy free pizza and ice cream on a summer night while mingling with the police in an effort to build bridges between citizens and our municipal government. Readers of this blog know that Mrs. Chatterbox works for our local police department. In addition to managing over a hundred volunteers who save our taxpayers more than a hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year, she’s been responsible for planning our National Night Out event.

           

Mrs. C. will be retiring at the end of September so this was her last National Night Out. CJ and I had come to surprise her, even though it was hard for her to socialize with us because, like a conductor of an orchestra, she was busy schmoozing with citizens, supervising police cadets, vendors, face-painters and balloon artists. She also arranged an always popular K-9 officer presentation, along with other events.

           

This year Mrs. C. was surprised to be called onstage where her service to the community was acknowledged. She was presented with this wonderful award, and I couldn’t be more proud of her. My only regret was that I had no idea this award was coming and I left before it was presented, so no picture.

It might be difficult to read but the award, including a quote from Goethe, says:

 

Sue Hayes

“A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.”

Thank you for twenty-one years of dedicated service.

 

 

 

 

Retirement with this woman is going to be a magnificent adventure.

 

 

 

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24 Comments
Congrats to Mrs. C! I did not know her first name until now.
By: PT Dilloway on August 7, 2017
Congratulations, Sue! I am so proud of you! May you and Steve have a wonderful retirement. Next time you are in St. Louis on your travels, please stop by!
By: Linda on August 7, 2017
Big congratulations to your wife! Sorry you missed the presentation but you've been there through the years as she planned that event.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on August 7, 2017
What a wonderful person Mrs C.is- you must be looking forward to retirement adventures! All the best to you both!
By: Kathe W. on August 7, 2017
Well deserved, Sue! Congratulations!!!
By: Daniel LaFrance on August 7, 2017
What a wonderful recognition. Congrats to her for the job she's done, and best wishes on a well deserved retirement. :)
By: scott park on August 7, 2017
Congratulations to Mrs. C, Sue it is a great honor to be awarded and recognized for your many years of service, I know looking back it went quickly and you will miss being there, but now you and Stephen have many more years to create wonderful memories.
By: Jimmy on August 7, 2017
That's nice. Congratulations to your wife!
By: Sage on August 7, 2017
That's wonderful, and I can feel your pride. Congratulations, Mrs. C.!
By: Robyn Engel on August 7, 2017
Congratulations to Mrs. C! I don't know why, but it brought tears to my eyes. I like when peoples' hard work is recognized.
By: The Bug on August 7, 2017
Congratulations to Mrs C, and I really hope you enjoy your retirement together.
By: LL Cool Joe on August 7, 2017
Congratulations, Mrs. C. I didn't know until now that you have a first name. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on August 7, 2017
Stephen- A lovely post. Congratulations to Mrs. C., for the honor of the evening, and for reaching retirement. Clearly, her work has been valuable. The National Night Out is a good thing for communities and bless her heart for being the spark plug. PS-It is also nice to learn Mrs. C's name.
By: Tom Cochrun on August 7, 2017
Congratulations! She will be missed.
By: messymimi on August 7, 2017
Congratulations to Susan on her retirement. You've got to be good to get volunteers.
By: red Kline on August 7, 2017
Mazel tov!!
By: fishducky on August 7, 2017
I know she will probably miss that work. My partner is the director of the local chamber ofr commerce and he plans the festivals and special events for the city. It is often thankless work. I'm so glad they recognized Mr.s C for her contributions. R
By: Rick Watson on August 7, 2017
Congrats to Mrs. C on her career accomplishments! I'm sure she will be sorely missed. But look at the bright side: now she can devote her time solely to managing and organizing YOU!
By: Val on August 7, 2017
Congratulations to Mrs. C. She is an inspiration.
By: Mitchell is Moving on August 8, 2017
That's fantastic, congrats to your wife on the award and the years of service. I wanted to take my kids to our national night out but they weren't in the mood. (that seems to be a common problem in my household)
By: Chris on August 8, 2017
Congrats on the wonderful and obviously well earned honor. People who care and give like she does, will probably still keep a helping hand on the wheel down the line, It is just in their nature.
By: Arkansas Patti on August 8, 2017
Congratulations on a well-deserved award; that's a lot of volunteers to manage and a lot of years to keep doing it! All the best Mrs. C in your retirement. Still laughing at Val's comment - look out Stephen :)
By: jenny_o on August 8, 2017
Congratulations to Mrs. C.! What a great accomplishment!
By: Al Penwasser on August 8, 2017
After 40 years, I got a Weber Grill On the plus side, after 10 years it still works.
By: cranky on August 8, 2017

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