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Cat Sitting the Black Panther

That would be, of course, Bagheera.  She of the silky black coat, immense yellow eyes and even more immense appetite. Bagheera belongs to Robin Hobb’s assistant.  Said assistant has recently decamped to Texas for a week or so, leaving her neglected, starving cat in my care. Bagheera is obviously an underprivileged cat.  Last night she […]

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Throwing the World Away

  Most of us are accustomed to the idea of recycling now, but I remember well the very first time my Dad was at my house and saw me sorting out the trash into glass, cans, paper and garbage. Then I began to rinse out the cans. He asked me what I was doing and when I […]

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That sort of a day

Still trying to make up for lost time from the computer virus that ate my life. I want to whine here. Oh, how I long to whine and whinge and roll on the floor while pouring dust on my head. But that sort of thing makes for really boring reading, doesn’t it?  So I’m going to refrain from it.  Actually, […]

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Snow Day

I was pretty certain last night that there would be no school today.  I got up at 6 anyway to check the school websites. By 6:30 it was clear; no school.  That means grandchildren here all day.  Not the best conditions for getting the writing done. So, it was time to turn the house into […]

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Rollercoaster

It goes through Hell.  But only on the deep dips. On the high parts, it arcs over mountains, past fountains of stars.  Wind in your face.  It takes you places that ordinary people can’t get to. Now, here’s the choice. You are buckled in.  You can’t get off the roller coaster. But you can flatten […]

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Vera Nazarian needs a hand!

You may or may not have heard of Vera Nazarian.  She is the founder of Norilana books, a little publishing house that has given many new writers a hand up.  It would be worth helping Vera if the only thing we wanted to do was keep Norilana books afloat.  However, there is a lot more […]

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From the desk of Megan Lindholm….

I am the office assistant.I’m an expeditor. I’m not perfect. I am also not Robin Hobb or Megan Lindholm. I am the OfficeKat, that’s my official title. In the interest of full disclosure I wanted to let you know that the comments and friending notifications come to my email, the office email.  We have a small but fully functioning office […]

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The slough

I miss my swamp. I love the useless lands, the lands too wet to plow. The lands that only bear what they feel like bearing, no potatoes or corn or lumpy squash. They grew berries and birds’ nests and tussocks of grasses. Hard packed mud in the summer heat, a smooth field of snow in […]

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autumn

My lawn is covered in leaves.  Copper beech tree leaves, to be specific.  I have filled both of my giant recycling container, and there are still leaves all over the lawn. And the sidewalk. And the street gutters. Personally, I don’t care much about leaves on my lawn, as long as they don’t get so […]

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My Kingdom for a Pencil!

Back in the middle of the fifties, when I was first introduced to printing, it seemed to me that all pencils were yellow.  They had erasers on one end, they were made of wood, and the class had a pencil sharpener that we were allowed to use at certain times of the day. I took […]

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