This is a shot in the dark, but: there was this book I read when I was about 8-10, a novel, a ghost story, and I cannot remember the title or the author. It has been bothering me for years. Today I searched thru Amazon and Google for about an hour and turned up nothing. So I thought maybe, just maybe, one of you might know what it is. It was about a girl who encounters and sort of befriends the ghost of another girl who used to live in this house. The ghost's name was Miranda. I think she originally drowned in a well or something. She had a favorite stone owl, with yellow glass eyes, that was hidden somewhere (hollow trunk of a tree, I think), and told the modern girl where to find it. The book was probably for the 10-14 age range. It must have been published at least 15 years ago. And that's all I remember for sure. Any ideas? Heh.
[Edit, 3/29/03: jedmiller rocks! He found it: it is The Ghost Next Door, by Wylly Folk St. John. Think I'll go order a copy and see if it's actually as good as I remember.]
Other random things:
"Nasturtium" comes from the Latin words meaning "nose" and "twist/torture". Eat a nasturtium leaf and you will see why. Yowza. Spicy! (Nice addition to salads, though.)
[Edit 3/29/03: Photos taken down because a) they're stupid and b) I was NOT fishing for compliments (or at least, not on my looks; maybe on the amusing Photoshop effects...). I genuinely thought the first was unflattering; but you all were obliged to follow rules of politeness and say nice things anyway. Which is sweet of you, but that wasn't the point and I feel silly now. Tempting to take a vow of silence some days.]