John Manchester's Blog – April 2019 Archive (5)

The Gentle Art of the Nap

My guilty secret: I take a nap after lunch every day, and I’ve been doing it since my late 20s. Why guilty? Napping has always had this faint whiff of wrongness, something to do with naps being the exclusive province of geezers, folks who are so used up that they don’t have the juice to get through the day. But there was nothing vague about the words of my spiritual teacher. In typical terse take-no-prisoners style, he said, “Naps are suicide.”

I heard these words a few years after…


Added by John Manchester on April 30, 2019 at 9:23am — 4 Comments

10 More Great TV Series

Here's my first list of great TV series


  1. The Crown Sumptuous sets and soaring music bring proper grandeur to this royal tale. Apparently, much of the history is sound. For those of us who don’t follow history, there are revelations like Churchill dictating his famous speeches to his secretary from the bath. Most of the acting is superb, as you’d expect from the land of Shakespeare.…

Added by John Manchester on April 23, 2019 at 10:08am — 4 Comments

Notre Dame in Flames

Photo by Stephanie LeBlanc on Unsplash

 There’s nothing modern about this tragedy.

Like many, I found the pictures of Notre Dame—with flames reaching to the heavens, the ornate steeple collapsing like…


Added by John Manchester on April 16, 2019 at 10:52am — 15 Comments

Murderous Arts News No. 1

NEVER SPEAK has been out for 10 weeks. Thank you, everyone who has bought and reviewed it!


NEVER SPEAK in its first library appearance

at the Cutler Memorial in Plainfield, VT. Thank you, Jane Youngbear!


  • I’m writing a prequel novella mystery to the Murderous Arts series, tentatively titled RAY OF DARKNESS. It takes place at the…

Added by John Manchester on April 9, 2019 at 10:17am — 2 Comments

When Art Imitates Life

Photo by Jack Alexander on Unsplash

How a chance encounter turned me into a novelist.

I first came to Hudson, NY in the early aughties. I’d been…


Added by John Manchester on April 2, 2019 at 10:52am — 3 Comments


4th of July 1963 3 of 3

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 26, 2019 at 10:01am 1 Comment

Remembering Julie Johnson

Posted by Julie Johnson on June 25, 2019 at 10:30pm 4 Comments

Open Our Salon For Good

Posted by Robert B. James on June 25, 2019 at 6:52am 7 Comments

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