... And wishing we were still on our mission. We have visited with family, settled back into life and regular church callings, and I published a new book called a Caboodle of Blossoms. This is a whimsical and winding footpath, an anthological detour from my earlier works of principally international literary fiction with pinches of thriller, mystery, and romance. This is a work of speculative flash fiction, short stories, poetry, and sketches. My opportunity to serve a mission with my wife in Mexico for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the catalyst for much of the poetry. Our principle focus while in Mexico was on more important and eternal matters than putting words to paper. Yet, as hard as I tried to stay focused on the work of salvation, the words tickled my thoughts, sometimes hijacking my concentration, and a few times staging unconstrained prison riots in my head. I released the words, like steam from a teapot, and then went back to work. I hope A Caboodle of Blossoms will emancipate a measure of the reader’s stress, or at least amuse and beguile.