When I construct a rhyme or tale,

Three ingredients never fail:

A problem placed in history;

Staged with friends and family;

Then justice honed by Goody’s code

Lands cosmic karma on overload!

Two simple rules are all I need

To deal with any race or creed:

I will not lie and I will not steal.

Trustworthy honor this will reveal.

When others do not abide by these rules

I leave them alone and ignore them as fools.

The next little word I choose to live by

Is the word “safe” and each letter tells why.

S is for Sound: home, body and mind.

A for Access, things easy to find.

F for all Flames, severely controlled.

E means Exclusive, for those my love hold.

For hints to encoded messages, craft projects connected with Goody’s poems and tales, and historical tidbits, please,

scroll down this page.

Hint #1:

Look at the picture borders

Hint #2:

This goes along with Hint #1

. . .   _ _ _   . . .

An old, standard communication code

. _   . . . .      . . . .   . _   !

Hint #3:

When you are reading Goody’s poems and stories, you might notice some bold, italic capitalized letters scattered here and there.

This is not a typo!

IF you really, truly give up and cannot figure out the codes, email Goody Hepzibah for the

answers. Please understand, Goody Hepzibah only checks her email once a week.

Fun  Fact:

The Last Hurrah was written as an ode to the end of summer and a hat-tip to a favorite old movie “The Birds” directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

*Extra: look on page 11, can you decipher the message on the far shoreline?

Hint #4:

Page 6 has the bold, italic letters A, P and R. Page 8 has O, M and I.

Page 9 has S and E. Hmmm, A  PROMISE . . .


Needlepoint Project

Free .pdf instructions  HERE



Needlepoint Project

Free .pdf instructions  HERE


Hint #5:

Page 7: top picture border has an oval with  “ . . _ . “ inside.

. . _ .  is the letter “F” in morse code.

Fun  Fact:

The Witch of Gator-Tail Slough - inspiration came from a road atlas. There is a town of Dermott, Arkansas at the south end of Bartholomew’s Bayou and east of Seven Devils Swamp and Seven Devils Lake! The names triggered my imagination.

Fun  Fact:

Little Boy Blue - while researching family history, I found an ancestor that according to old town records held the contract to herd cows from April through November. American Colonial families with adjoining land would often designate areas ‘common land’ for grazing. I remembered the nursery rhyme, set it in 1637 New England and let the story unfold.

Fun  Fact:

Hush-A-Bye Baby - I was studying a very old book, given to me by a good friend, “The Old Mother Goose” illustrated by Anne Anderson, published by Thomas Nelson and Sons of New York. I found 7 separate nursery rhymes that when placed in a certain order, told a very dark story. Can you identify each separate rhyme?

Fun  Fact:

Little Boy Blue - the warning of this story is: Don’t fall asleep on watch! You were entrusted and accepted this job, do it right or people may die!

Hint #6:

Did you notice the runes on the dock on page 17? Can you decipher the message?

Fun  Fact:

History of a Haunted House - most females were married by 16 years old. Yes, some were married younger and some older, but if a girl was not married by 20, it was common to conclude there must be something wrong. For girls, choosing your life-mate at 14 was normal. Think about that!

Fun  Fact:

Hound Maiden of Clan Mag Aoidh - liquid Mercury, also known as ‘quicksilver’ was known and used in the middle ages as a medicine. As with all medicines, too much is poisonous, and mercury poisoning symptoms can resemble lycanthropy. That’s the nugget that began this story.