Category Archives: Ruminations

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Light in Winter: The Gifts of the Kings

“Dark is the hour, long the night.” –Walter de la Mare, Christmas Eve In the northern hemisphere, Winter solstice is the longest night of the year. In northern and middle Europe, it is a time of dark and cold. “Solstice” … Continue reading

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2018: 13 Things I’m Thankful For (Now with 2 bonus things!)

I’m thankful for doctors. Much of this year has been devoted to improving my health. There wasn’t anything seriously wrong except my blood pressure. I was not taking care of it on my own. It is much better now and … Continue reading

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Talking Politics; Thoughts for a City Council Candidate

There were three open seats on my home town’s city council and four candidates. Three were incumbents and one was twenty-two years old. (Of the other three, two are in their sixties and one in their fifties, I believe.) The … Continue reading

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The Not-the-Julia-Child-Kitchen; Japanese Eggplant

The Japanese eggplant caught my eye because they were beautiful, so I bought some. I thought they’d make a nice saute to go with the salmon that night, and I was right. Eggplant is a chewy vegetable with a subtle … Continue reading

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Birthday

My birthday was on Friday. Any day is a great day to have a birthday but one bonus about Friday is that it’s the start of the weekend, so you can extend your birthday celebration if you want. On Friday … Continue reading

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Do Not Give This Woman Your Money

I stumbled on the Anna March story over at Twitter, where people were tweeting about her and writers who might have been victimized by her. It caught my attention because I have agents on my mind now and one Twitter … Continue reading

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Cooks Easy, Looks Fancy, Eats Healthy; a Trifecta Recipe

I cooked halibut in parchment paper the other night for dinner. This recipe is genuinely close to a thirty-minute meal; it lets you use fresh vegetables you can find at the farmers market (and it’s healthy); it cooks easily but … Continue reading

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Three French Islands

About twelve miles off Canada’s eastern shores (Newfoundland and Labrador) there are three islands that are still part of France. St Pierre, Miguelone and Langlade sit at the entrance to Fortune Bay. The islands are a French Territory. As you … Continue reading

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One-Card Tarot Pull; a Reading

I parked my car downtown one day about a week ago. When I came back to it I saw a playing card by the rear passenger wheel. It was face down. I picked it up. Well, I mean, of course … Continue reading

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Tapas Platter

I borrowed (cough:stole:cough) the idea of a “tapas platter” blog post from award winning writer Brian Fies. * I went into downtown Santa Rosa on Friday. For those of you not “in the know” about Sonoma County, a brewery on … Continue reading

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