I am, by nature, kind of a “half-empty” person—at least, I think so. I try not to be, but so far, I’ve not been entirely successful in kicking the “negative thinking” habit. To combat this, I’ve decided to start a regular blog the title of which, Hope from the Flowers, is taken from a Sherlock Holmes story called “The Naval Treaty.” If you haven’t noticed from my books published so far, I am a Sherlockian (that is, an aficionado of Sherlock Holmes). I discovered the character in high school,...

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