One century ago, during the final week of March 1913, severe weather caused death and destruction across a wide swath of the Midwest. In Omaha a tornado outbreak wrecked thousands of buildings and claimed many lives. The bad weather was headed east.
Rising waters from heavy rains caused severe flooding. In places like Indianapolis, Columbus, Portsmouth, Middletown, and hundreds of other towns the floodwaters breached levees, swept away buildings, and left thousands homeless.
During the late 1970's Manchester, England was a hotbed of musical activity. One of the bands that burst forth from that scene was Joy Division. They were not together very long. Joy Division ended when Ian Curtis, their lead singer, took his own life as the band was preparing to embark on their first tour of the United States. A tour that never happened.
Hildy Good has done well for herself. She has been a successful real estate agent in a picturesque coastal town in Massachusetts for years. Hildy grew up there. She knows everybody in town. Whenever a local resident is preparing to sell a valuable property Hildy will want to be involved in listing it. Sadly, an out of town buyer will probably just tear down the venerable old house and erect another Mcmansion. Aye, there's the rub.
Some novelists have decided to end a successful series of books by killing off their main characters. Other novelists have kept their main characters alive forever by never allowing them to age. This becomes even more preposterous when a writer passes on to that great library in the sky and their literary endeavors are imitated by others. One case in point; we keep seeing new books featuring that intrepid detective Sherlock Holmes. And I say balderdash!