On the Prowl: Under July’s Buck Moon

Welcome to the Buck Moon edition of On the Prowl.
This month we’ll explore how the July full moon was named, belly laugh to some of the best worst buck jokes, and have fun with words. We’ll explore an Italian town with an knife obsession and step back to consider a more serious topic.

July 5, 2020 is the Buck Moon

This month, the moon will rise on July 4, peaking in the early hours of July 5. According to The Farmer’s Almanac (almanac.com), July’s full moon was called the Buck Moon because the antlers on a buck are in full growth mode. To celebrate, I searched for the best and the worst jokes the internet has to offer. WideOpenSpaces.com had the best collection. The short ones are sprinkled throughout. Enjoy.

How do you catch a unique deer? Unique up on it! 
How do you catch a tame deer? Tame way – unique up on it!

Bucking Crazy

This is that game where you start with one word and end with another.
Rules: Change only one letter at a time. The new word has to be a real word.
Here’s an example to help FIND your way, using my name: 
Tina > Tint > Lint > Line > Fine >Find

#1 (easy) turn BUCK into RING
#2 (med) turn DEER into a place where you might hit one
#3 (hard) turn a female into something made from a pelt 

Email your answers to me at tina@tgwolff.com. We’ll share the results next month.

What’s cheaper, beer nuts or deer nuts? 
Deer nuts, because they’re under a buck!

Welcome to Mysteries to Die For

This is a podcast where my piano player/ producer/ son Jack and I combine storytelling with original music to put you at the heart of mystery, murder, and mayhem. You can find Mysteries to Die For on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, and Stitcher.

In Episode 9 Welcome to the Darkside, We Have Cookies, a small reference is made to the charming Italian town of Scarperia. This medieval town caught my imagination when we happened across it while exploring Tuscany. This wasn’t an elaborately planned trip, just an afternoon drive with no destination in mind. The town was charming, as most Italian towns are, but the emphasis on knives was fascinating. I had thought of knives as utilitarian until spending a Sunday in Scarperia

Scarperia, Italy

Northeast of Florence, in picturesque Tuscany, is the village of Scarperia. Founded in 1306, the Palazzo dei Vicari (Palace of the Vicar) is the iconic landmark of the town. The building stood as the home of the vicars who governed over the area, each leaving a coat of arms on the structure’s facade. Today, the palace is a museum dedicated to the art of knife making. Scarperia knives are still made today and valued for their craftsmenship.

Scarperia is a gem worth visiting in person, but since there isn’t a lot of that going on right now, live vicariously through these others.

Visit Tuscany’s page on Palazzo Dei Vicari
Pablo Bisquera’s photo slideshow (YouTube)
Lordes Flores’ Blog Post: The Beautiful Town of Scarperia
That’s Art.com’s background of Scarperia knives

Which side of a deer has the most meat?
The inside!

I Cried for a Stranger

The simple announcement said that one of our crew members had died. He was 25.
I cried.
I sent notes around to find out what happened. An accident? An illness? Violence?
It was Suicide.
I cried.
The obituary gave away little except he was loved.
I cried.
He was a stranger to me, as is his family, but they keep coming into my mind.
Even as I write this, I cry.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) anytime of day. Use that same number and press “1” to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.

In Widow’s Run, my hero, Diamond, is suicidal. She was depressed after her husband was killed, left an empty shell of herself. While I am her author, I did not chose to make her suicidal. I realize this may not make sense to those who don’t write, but it’s true. In fact, I work hard to keep her alive. But, this is fiction. If I fail, she doesn’t die, her story just ends.

The National Institute of Mental Health shows statistic for 2017, where suicide was the #2 cause of death in people 10-34. Yes, 10. There were twice as many suicides across the US as homicides. Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) says depression affects 20-25% of adults and is 2x more common in women. Females suicide attempt rates are roughly 3x those of male. Suicide rates are climbing for men and women over 50.

This shit is real.
This shit can affect anyone.

Be your own hero. If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the lifeline. There are solutions.
If someone says they are thinking about suicide, if they are withdrawing, exhibiting risky behaviors or these other symptoms, be their hero. Make a phone call. Get them help. Take action.


BOWED HEADS for Christian.

HOWL AT THE MOON for everything feeling their way through re-opening the world. Here is to the school superintendents, principals, and teachers working on plans to get kids back in schools safely this fall.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mother, Jane. Sorry, this is probably as exciting as it gets. And I was going to take you to Europe. Ah, well, maybe next year. Happy Birthday A.J. Love you!

EYE ROLL to me. Remember the word came from last month? Strawberry Moon? Well, I lost the piece of paper were I wrote out my words. **sigh** If you gave it a try, email me your list. We can chat about it. tina@tgwolff.com.

My next book is here! Driving Reign. Thank you, Karen, for the fabulous graphic! Help me grow. Request my books in your library. Recommend me to a friend. Write a Review.

The 17th book in the Twin Cities P.I. Mac McKenzie series drops on July 28. Pre-order From the Grave. If you love trouble, you’ll love Mac McKenzie. Don’t know how Nina doesn’t want to strangle him.

Author Mark Edward Langley releases book #2 in the Arthur Nakai Mystery series on August 4. Pre-Order Death Waits in the Dark. Drop Mark a note and tell him Tina says hello. https://markedwardlangley.com/

If you have something to announce, cheer about, or celebrate, email me at tina@tgwolff.com. My rules: 1) Keep it positive 2) Keep it clean 3) Keep it real. Of course, I reserve the right to pick and choose what to include. It’s my right as the leader of the pack.

Look out for the Next Edition of

On the Prowl

August 3rd, 2020
Where we’ll swim under the Sturgeon Moon

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