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Season Four is Here

Have you listened in to episode one of season four yet? We're thrilled to kick off season 4 with a spirited discussion with legendary broadcaster and voiceover artist Mary McKenna!

Mary discusses her life in radio, including terrestrial, satellite, internet and more. She also shares her thoughts on the radio industry in the age of #MeTo and the future of broadcasting.

You'll also find out why she initially couldn't stand Alex and what makes her skin crawl. Don't miss it!

Learn more and get in touch with Mary here. Listen to Mary on SirusXM satellite radio's Landline Now.

This Thursday, we’ll welcome Chef and food writer Pete Dulin. Other upcoming guests include an actor, a minister, a photographer, and a product designer—all discussing the use of creativity in their work.

Be sure to subscribe to Mysterious Goings On on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pod.

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Award Nominated!

And finally, we’re thrilled to announce Mysterious Goings On is nominated for two People’s Choice Podcast Awards. We’ll find out next week if we move on to the finals.

I Need Your Help!

My podcast, Mysterious Goings On is up for a podcast award--and I need YOUR help!

Vote for Mysterious Goings On

(NOT "Mysterious Circumstances" please!)

in the Peoples Choice and Arts categories.

Listen to the YouTube link below to learn more:

Here's How:


First, click on the link. Then click on a blue button "Nominations now open. Click here to nominate" then they ask your name, email...then send you an email with a confirmation number to the provided email address. Fill the blank with the number they gave you (do all this right away--it expires in an hour) and then you have a list of podcasts in each category. You have to choose and then confirm with the grey "Save" button at the bottom to lock in your votes. That's it!

P.S. Also, if you could vote for my sister show, The Audio Oomox Podcast in the TV & Film category, that would be spiffy! Thanks!

Please don't wait!

Deadline is July 31, 2019

Is Your Race Against Other Writers or Yourself?

New on the Mysterious Goings On #podcast: Is #writing a competitive sport? Alex discusses this in the context of his recent half-marathon attempt.

Even dead last is ahead of the millions who lack the guts to try!

Even dead last is ahead of the millions who lack the guts to try!

Click here to listen now, or click here for Apple Podcasts/iTunes … download wherever you get your podcasts.

Catch Part 2 of Alex's Interview with Eden Baylee and Jason McIntyre

Catch part two of the interview with authors Eden Baylee and Jason McIntyre on this two-part episode of the Mysterious Goings On podcast! The trio discusses marketing their work, the word that Eden uses whether you like it or not, the state of indie publishing and more.

Learn more about Eden Baylee and her books at her website. Jason McIntyre's home base is located here.

PLEASE endorse Mysterious Goings On on Whatpod!

Be sure to visit J. Alexander Greenwood at or purchase his work here. 

Miss last week? Be sure to check your feed or click here for part one of this discussion!

The Mysterious Goings On Podcast is recorded at Green Shebeen Studios in the heart of beautiful Kansas City, Missouri. Copyright 2019, all rights reserved. No reproduction, excerpting or other use without written permission.

Three Writers Walk Into A Pod...

We had a blast with authors Eden Baylee and Jason McIntyre on this two-part episode of the Mysterious Goings On podcast!

In this freewheeling conversation, Eden, Jason and Alex discuss writing, indie publishing and much more. Listen for their takes on writing foibles as well as things we wish readers knew about the writing process.

Check it out on iTunes/Apple Podcasts or listen here on your desktop.

Eden Baylee

Eden Baylee

Jason McIntyre

Jason McIntyre

The New Look for "Pilate's Cross"

Very excited to unveil the new cover for the first book in the John Pilate Mysteries, "Pilate's Cross"!

I'm working with the talented Jason McIntyre to reimagine the covers of the first four books in the series. This is no slight to the original covers done by a talented artist, but I want a more consistent, cohesive, and yes, much more commercially-viable aesthetic that makes it easier for readers to identify the series by the cover.

We will roll out the new covers for "Pilate's Key", "Pilate's Ghost" and "Pilate's Blood" over this next few months.

I hope you will agree that Jason's work evokes the unique mood of each book, while still tying together the serialistic threads.

Also, in the case of this first book, this is the third revised edition. We fixed a few minor errors and reset the interior design for the paperback version. So, if you have this #ebook in your #Kindle now, it should download this newer (final!) version next time you refresh it.

Please note the new paperback is not yet directly tied to the existing Kindle and audiobook pages yet, so if you are interested in picking up this new version in paperback, be sure to use the link below until the old version is retired.

NEW Third Edition:

And if you need a copy of the old paperback version, that link is still live for a few more days--just goto the ebook version and click over to the paperback.

Second Edition Paperback:

Jason also did a version for the audiobook:

And of course if you want an autographed version, just message me here and we will get it taken care of.

Thanks for your support. I hope you like the new, fresh look for the John Pilate Mysteries!

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Today I said farewell to my dear friend. If you couldn't be there, here's my eulogy for the Reverend Jeff Hamilton. You can hear the recording of his eulogy on the Mysterious Goings On podcast.

A few thoughts about Jeff Hamilton

Friends, family, Reverend, Wanda…thank you for this opportunity to say a few words about a man who is obviously so beloved by so many, our dear friend Jeff.

It was a few years ago that Jeff asked me to do this, to say a few words at his services. I told him, of course, but it was too soon to talk of such things--and just what would I say? He did that wry Jeff Hamilton smile and said, half-teasing, “Just say a few words about our times on the field of battle!”

So here I am, Jeff. Here are my few words about you, the right Reverend Representative.

When I think of Jeff, it all starts with one word.

Jeff Hamilton never lost an election.

I asked him a couple of years ago about his time at the Capitol. Here’s what he said:

"My nickname at the Capitol among some good friends was 'landslide' because I seldom won re-election by very many votes. I won my first election over the Republican incumbent by 101 votes."

His district was House 101.

The elections were close. But all the same, Landslide Hamilton was undefeated.

From 1986 to 1994, Jeff served four distinguished terms in the state legislature. Jeff’s service was where his heart was—caring for all Oklahomans, for all people--as chairman of the House Committee on Health and Mental Health. He helped Oklahomans in a variety of arenas, including juvenile justice, mental health, AIDS research and treatment programs, and education. If you have a Living Will here in Oklahoma, you can thank Jeff Hamilton.
He worked hard and served without pretension or vanity.

One House staffer said this about Jeff:

“What I remember about Jeff Hamilton was how nice a man he was. He always took time with staff. I remember that he was an early believer in criminal justice reform and restorative justice (probably the minister in him).”

Jeff was at the Capitol to work. He viewed his service as a sacred trust and took a dim view of those who did not. He told me:

"There were those who won big on the campaign trail but goofed off once elected! And even worse, there were those who lost who would have been productive members of the Legislature."

Amen, Landslide!

There is not enough time at these proceedings to speak of his many successes and the myriad ways he made Oklahoma better through his legislative service; suffice to say he left the Capitol better than he found it, and then left the legislature on his own terms.


It was just after he decided to retire from the legislature that I, as a naïve, well-meaning, first-time candidate, met Jeff and Wanda. I was full of idealism and energy—ready to take back the seat Jeff had retired from. Jeff and Wanda were both so kind and encouraging to this goofy kid who shared their zeal for a better Oklahoma.

I tried like heck, and Lord knows Jeff made calls and knocked doors and did what he could to help me win, but I didn’t. I was down, and Jeff let me wallow in my defeat for a grandly expansive three or four days before he reminded me there were still battles to fight and more elections ahead—and that true defeat was to stop the fight for what is right.

Around that time, Jeff turned back to the ministry here at First Christian, continuing his work through different channels; but he kept his hand in politics, winning two terms as Oklahoma County Democratic Party chairman. I served with him as county party secretary and can tell you that he took on the job at a very challenging time. It was one of the toughest and most thankless jobs in local politics and he did it with zeal and unflagging energy. Under his leadership he helped reorganize and reinvigorate the county party, making it a forceful advocacy and field operation.

I saw him take piercing criticism from the opposition, and even members of our own side at times. He endured it with grace, refusing to get in the mud.

Instead, he strove to build consensus with the strength of his reasoning; I believe his was a political philosophy assured of the value of education and the indispensable need for empathy.

Jeff’s sword was his intellect, his armor was his compassion.

I’m a poor Boswell for all the many wise things my mentor told me over our 24-year friendship, but the gist about loss, whether it was a failed election campaign, a broken relationship, or even death, was that in moments of defeat we need not be wholly defeated. That in loss there is a lesson.

In 2003, I moved away from Oklahoma, and friends, I felt defeated in so many ways. It seemed my best chance to restart my life and career was to leave everything and everyone I knew for a job out of state.

And when I found the love of my life on the road to that new chapter, Jeff was the minister who traveled to our wedding and married Stephanie and me. When we were Baptized, Jeff and Wanda and her mother June came up to Kansas City. I think he loved it that I moved to and adopted his hometown, and I treasure the day we all piled into the car and saw the parts of KC where he grew up.

When our daughter came along, he and Wanda spoiled her whenever we visited. Amidst discussions about politics, the Sooners and spirituality, Jeff would move the candy bowl a little closer to Caroline (and himself).

“Caroline, you say you want more candy?”

Jeff was there when my family needed him. Years ago my mother was very ill and we nearly lost her. Jeff was there with an arm around my Dad and prayers and words of comfort for us all. When my grandfather passed away, Jeff helped my entire family get through it with his sermon and service. But we weren’t the only ones. How many people in this wonderful church were on the receiving end of Jeff’s good works and kindness?

How many of us from a variety of faiths were brought closer together by Jeff’s leadership of the Interfaith Alliance?

The past few years, even though Jeff’s physical body started to wither, his mind was ever-sharp and his spirit still bold. His weekly emails with thoughtful prayers and his enumerable, witty letters to the editor were high points. But the best was football season.

Being a good son of Kansas City, Jeff was a Chiefs fan, and I had become one not long after I moved there. He was great with a smartphone, and we would text each other throughout games, cheering touchdowns and cussing our terrible defense and those incompetent refs. We’d do the same with the Sooners. Football became yet another battle we could join together, with renewed fellowship; a way to find a victory even in defeat on the gridiron.

The Chiefs came very close to the Super Bowl this year. As usual, we texted during the season. My last text from Jeff was on the day of the AFC Championship. After a heartbreaker of a loss, I texted him a sad face emoji.

Within moments he texted back an exclamation point and a flower emoji. I knew what he meant. No tears! We still love our team.

If we learn from loss, remain loyal to our friends, and keep compassion in our hearts, we will be like Jeff.

He’s not here physically, yet I feel him. I feel his presence, especially in this sacred space where he shared so many brilliant sermons. And I will reach for this feeling the rest of my days when I feel loss or despair. I will think of my dear friend Jeff and the true meaning of undefeated.


Happy New Year

Hey everyone, just a quick note to say happy new year!

After a great vacay, I’m energized and ready to get my body and mind back in shape, which, as cliche’ as that sounds, is going well. More than that, however, I feel a renewed creative energy and am working on new John Pilate (and non JP) stuff for you this year.

Want to learn more? Make sure you are a subscriber to Mysterious Goings On, my podcast. You’ll get plenty of updates there. We should have 1-2 episodes a month this year.

Want to encourage me a bit? How about posting reviews for my books on Amazon? It’s quick, painless and really boosts my energy to write more. (Same for the podcast—reviews help.)

So, how about you? What’s going in your world? Let me know in the comments!

Talk soon…keep reading.