Don's Blog: August 2023

Clay Shaw/Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw/Dueling Voices/I Lost It at the Beginning/101 Reasons Not To Murder The Entire Saudi Royal Family/He Knew Where He Was Going (?)

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Reasons for Changing Churches (Nashville: The Mood Part 11)

 Someone wrote me recently asking about the section of a recent Nashville: The Mood edition that dealt with why a church member had changed to a different church; the member said the difference in music was the reason, without elaborating.

It is certainly true that I have encountered many who have changed churches, sometimes denominations but often within denominations, and the most frequent reason given is a difference in music; it's somewhat of a common occurrence in Nashville, which has many small churches.

I've always been a bit skeptical. When trying to dig down into the stated reason, the explanations get rather vague, and I always get the feeling that I'm being given a cover story for the real reason(s). But reasonable people can disagree about that, and often people who change churches may not want to give the real reason(s), and don't like even being asked about it.

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

When Dorinda Dances by Brett Halliday (A Mike Shayne Mystery)

 In my early to mid-teens, I used to read a fictional detective series about Mike Shayne. He was in Miami for most of the books, which began in 1939, but for the period of 1944-45, at least one full-length book and two novelettes took place in New Orleans.

I always found the plots to be very well worked-out, and they generally kept the reader guessing up to close to the end. Usually, Mike Shayne assembled a group of people and unmasked the killer one way or another.

Is anyone familiar with this series? One of my favorites was When Dorinda Dances, which started out with an opening twist and maintained its mystery all the way through. I believe it was published in the early 1950s.