Seven years after Barbara’s death, it is amazing to witness how lively the interest remains in her writings and characters. Anyone missing her can tune into many corners of social media to join in discussions of her books, characters, and the lore surrounding them (including “fancasts” filled with suggestions of actors and actresses to play the parts of our favorite Mertz-Peters-Michaels characters). (Still no suggestions on Gargery, strangely enough….) On this, her birthday, we celebrate Barbara from her beginning in downstate Illinois through her amazing life. She so enjoyed the “small” things, watching hummingbirds, sitting with her cats (thinking of how she would kill off the next victim in her current mystery). Things like that. Let’s lift a glass to MPM!