The Surprise Party

March 31, 2010

Enjoying the party On March 5th some friends and family had a surprise birthday party for my cousin Arielle. I was the instigator, and grand architect, but I had a lot of help. Other people suggested the main course, brought the dessert, made the meal, and set the table. You should know I don’t know […]

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ABNA Out

February 28, 2010

On Thursday the list of entrants that advanced to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest was posted on line. I did not make the cut. This stung. I doubted I would win, I found it likely that I would not make it past the second cut, but I felt pretty certain […]

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Winter is a Friend

February 25, 2010

The snow is falling thick and fast outside my window, and the weather report says we could end up with a total of nearly two feet. With this as the atmosphere, I sit down to write about winter. Winter is like a friend. Not so, you say? True, sometimes it is very easy to think […]

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Black Garlic

February 9, 2010

I am not particularly cosmopolitan in my eating. At the end of the day the types of food I will eat are of moderate variety, and those which I really enjoy or which you will find my regularly grazing upon is an even more limited selection. However, I am a curious fellow, and perhaps I […]

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January Deluge

February 4, 2010

On Monday, January 25th the daytime temperature climbed to 50F, and it rained. A lot. With the ground still frozen and the snow rapidly melting, we were caught in a deluge. Behind the house, Choconut Creek rose rapidly in a flash flood. The water, murky and violent, was almost dizzying to watch up close as […]

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Entering the ABNA Contest

January 25, 2010

I was up very early this morning. Actually, I got up a few minutes before 12:00 AM. You see (as I informed cousin A) I was chasing fame and glory and riches. This is also known as entering the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Submissions opened at 12:01 AM Monday morning and submissions will stop […]

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What I did Last Summer

January 11, 2010

I am the sort of person who is always doing “something,” a “something” which can be describe as some productive project or getting into trouble–this depending somewhat on what I am currently doing, and your opinion of what defines “trouble.” I like to work with my hands. I like to fix and make things. During […]

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Dreaming of a Pink Bathroom Scale

January 7, 2010

Today I will write about dreams I had this week, just so you can all worry about my mental stability. Don’t let Freud get his hands on this. Early this week I had a dream about a scale. It was bright florescent pink and made from a textured plastic fabric. Apparently I had bought it, […]

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What Pictures Say

December 31, 2009

There is the old familiar saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” The sentiment is only partly true. A picture of the Grand Canyon can convey its physical appearance far more clearly than a thousand words. But a picture tells you very little about what someone thought about the Grand Canyon. If someone brings […]

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Feasting and Socializing

December 21, 2009

I am often reminded of two things at family gatherings. (1) I am not very good at socializing. (2) I am not very good at feasting. As to the second point, Saturday’s party would be a good example. The main course of the party was sheet pizza. I had four slices of pizza at lunch, […]

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