The Apple Tree and Sergeant Brice

We decided to cut down the apple tree this year. Processing fruit was becoming a burden and my husband has different plans for the back yard, so it had to go. It deserved better, but there it is. That got me thinking about people who deserved better, which led me to Lee Miller, an actor who never quite got his place in the sun (although he was in the movie by that name).

The remains of the tree

The remains of the tree

Lee Miller was in a boatload of movies, mostly uncredited. He also played Sergeant Brice on Perry Mason. He did receive credit for that, but his name was mostly last on the list. Even if it did move up a notch, it was generally behind such vital characters as “policeman #3” or “attendant.” It just doesn’t seem fair. Like my apple tree, Miller produced good work.

Part of the produce, dried and ready to eat

Part of the produce, dried and ready to eat

There are lots of Lee Millers in the world. I know many art quilters and writers who probably won’t get the recognition they deserve. Shameless self-promotion alert: my friend Ann Anastasio and I have published two delightful sci fi novels (Death By Chenille and When Chenille Is Not Enough) that would make excellent SyFy original movies, but have they come calling? Of course not. They’ll probably ignore our next one, too (The Chenille Ultimatum, coming soon).

But that is the way of life. To mangle Gilbert and Sullivan, there are many “wretched, meritorious B” folks out there. So, for all those who labor on, creating and producing and generally making life worth living – good on you, mate.

Luck and wisdom!

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3 Responses to “The Apple Tree and Sergeant Brice”

  1. marlenedotterer Says:

    I must point out that Diana Gabaldon, whose books have sold in the MILLIONS for decades, waited over 20 years for the Hollywood deal to go through. When it happened, it happened BIG! Therefore, I counsel patience…

  2. Margaret Misegades Says:

    “Those also serve, who only stand and wait.”

    • Lani Longshore Says:

      And wait, and wait . . .  Lani Longshore Death By Chenille ( Chenille Is Not Enough (,, Longshore’s Blog ( Broken Dishes Repertory Theatre (

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