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Bridal Shower!

Oh, the boy across the street is getting married soon. He’s not really a boy anymore, but he was when I first met him. I remember his mom introducing herself as I was trying to unload a big steel desk from the back of my truck. And her next words were, “Adam, get over here […]

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Ikea, the Second Time Around

My daughter is moving. On the hottest day of the year. She has Ikea furniture. The kind that comes in a big flat box that weighs a thousand pounds, but you drag it in, follow the directions using the special little tool, and Hey, Presto! Suddenly there is a single size daybed that pulls out […]

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Summer days

And it’s time for a thousand small chores. Finally clean those rain gutters.  Put a cage around that rose bush, and stake those tomato plants!  And do the chores that are better done in summer, such as painting with the window open. And of course, nothing ever goes quite smoothly.  Today I found that my […]

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Almost back to normal

We are cleaning up the soot and smoke, a room at a time, and getting very dirty in the process.  But at least I am back on my regular keyboard and my nice roomy, hand-friendly keyboard. Time to de-clutter, too. Where did all this stuff come from?  Time to organize and refresh the house.  Anyone […]

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Housefire

In NYC my cellphone came back to life after a long period of unconsciousness in Italy. Two messages appeared right away, one from each daughter, asking me to call as soon as possible. That is never a good sign. It took me a short time to find a fairly quiet place in the airport.  And […]

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My tractor and me

We own a tiny bit of acreage near a little town named Roy.  A lot of it is open meadow.  Well, we want it to be open meadow.  Yearly we do battle with Himalayan blackberries to keep it from becoming one big tangle.  And that requires mowing the meadow before the new shoots of blackberry […]

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A day in the Life

Woke up this morning to a dome tent pitched in my living room.  This, of course, is because my teenager had to ‘make sure it still worked’ before packing it up for Sasquatch, a music festival in the Gorge at George, Washington. The tent was full of sleeping bags (presumably to make sure they worked […]

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I Give Up!

Some days you just have to say, “That’s as much as I could get done today.” Yes, I know there is more. A whole list of stuff with boxes unchecked. It will still be there tomorrow.

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This Is Your Brain On Drugs . . .

There are two coffee mugs on my desk right now.  Both are full of warm coffee.  I never seem to get to drink it when it’s hot, but even so, I don’t usually have two warm cups on the desk at the same time.  Except when my brain hiccups and I do something twice. Or […]

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Among Others by Jo Walton

One of the perks of being a writer is that sometimes we get to read books before they are published. Not just our own books, which we have to read many, many times before they are published! I am talking about ARC’s or Advance Reading Copies. Robin Hobb gets several of these a month, and […]

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