Category Archives: Ruminations

Whimsical and unspecified maunderings

US Soccer and the Women’s Team: Treat Them Like the Champions They Are

“I don’t want to use the word ‘deserve’ in any of this.”–Sunil Gulati, President of the US Soccer Federation “Yeah, dude, and I can see why.”–Marion Deeds Sunil Gulati, President of the US Soccer League, also told Sports Illustrated that US … Continue reading

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Integration?

This isn’t a story, it’s a passage. I found it when I was cleaning out—throwing out – tons of old notebooks, notecards, bookmarks, folders, pamphlets and pencil stubs that I’ve kept for decades in case I might need them sometime. … Continue reading

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The Great Curate Debate

I’m unleashing the inner curmudgeon today. My topic: curating. Last week as my writing friend Sue and I were driving back from Benicia I talked about the column I write for Fantasy Literature, World Wide Wednesday. It is an internet … Continue reading

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Thirteen Things I’m Thankful For; 2015 Edition

1–I’m thankful for my feet. They aren’t special, or especially pretty, but they’re always there for me. I walk, although not as much as I could, and when I’m at the bookstore I’m usually on my feet. They put up … Continue reading

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Mercury Retrograde

“Mercury retrograde” is an expression that has burst the bonds of conventional western astrology and become almost a commonplace term. It’s so common that people do a reverse-inference now; if electronic communication devices aren’t working, if satellites go down, if … Continue reading

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The Art of the Sell

Mark, one of the owners of Mockingbird Books, is diligent at what I would call up-selling. When a person comes to the counter with a Stephen King paperback, he always remembers to point out the hardcovers on the 50% off … Continue reading

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2014: 13 Things I’m Thankful For

1) I’m thankful for rain. California has been in a water shortage mode for the past three years. We have had two small storms so far in November, one more predicted, and I am grateful. 2) I’m grateful for Spouse. … Continue reading

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After the Apocalypse

My first clue came Sunday afternoon when instead of getting to Facebook, I got a spinning wheel. I checked my little icon in the lower right hand corner of my computer screen, and I had three bars. When I rolled … Continue reading

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An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse

The open house for Anne’s place happened last Friday. I didn’t really know how it went because subconsciously I was trying to stay away from the whole business of the sale. I went into a little bit of a slump … Continue reading

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Listings

Anne’s house is now officially in multiple listings. The two realtors have already done 17 showings, with an open house the upcoming weekend. I was amused by a couple of statements in the listing document. First of all, though, I … Continue reading

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