Category Archives: View from the Road

Wandering thoughts.

Eating My Way Through FOGCon

Part of the pleasure of a speculative fiction convention, along with panels and readings, is sitting down with longtime friends and new ones in a bar, a cafe or a restaurant. My title makes it sound like I was a … Continue reading

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The Working Rehearsal

Spouse and I listened went to the Sebastopol Library to hear the Santa Rosa Young People’s Chamber Orchestra.  The email notice I got called this event a Dress Rehearsal, but it wasn’t that, as least not by every definition I … Continue reading

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Auburn in Winter

I named this “Auburn in Winter” but it is mostly about Nevada City, where, last week, Sharon and I spent a day window shopping and taking pictures. If you are headed for Reno or the snow, and need a stopover, … Continue reading

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Women’s March, January 20, 2018

The Sebastopol Women’s March of 2018 was supposed to start at 12:00 on Saturday, January 20. I thought that meant the march, which was really more of a walk, since we were only to go a block, started then. It … Continue reading

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In the Redwoods

“Is that crow on the stump?” I said. I stood by the narrow six-paned window next to the wood stove in the sitting room. I had been looking at the cluster of sea-rounded stones, bits of driftwood and one crab … Continue reading

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Second Chances Used Books: The Soft Launch

[Second Chances Used Books will be open seven days a week; Monday-Saturday 10:30-6:00, Sunday, 10:30-5:00.] *** I did not buy the first book at Second Chances books.  Emma, Brandy’s friend and a former Copperfield’s employee, said on Friday that she … Continue reading

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Mrs. Dalloway at the Gift Wrapping Station

I volunteered for two shifts, on different days, at the library’s gift-wrapping station. Their slogan, “Buy local, wrap local.” Bring your gifts to the library and we will wrap them for you, or help you wrap them if you prefer. … Continue reading

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Opening December 16; Second Chances Used Books

Update: Sometimes a typo takes on meaning. I wrongly titled this “Second Changes,” originally. While I like that, it’s not the name of the store. Brandy is opening a used bookstore in the location of the old Mockingbird Books. Brandy … Continue reading

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Giving Tuesday, 2017

First, there was Black Friday. Merchants casually referred to the Friday after Thanksgiving as “Black Friday” for years; the start of the six weeks of the year that put small retailers into the black. Then popular culture caught onto it, … Continue reading

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Visiting Auburn

Auburn sits in the Sierra foothills about forty miles northeast of Sacramento. In November, it glows with reds, yellows and the dark greens of evergreen against a blue sky, or, as we had, a blue sky filled with brush strike … Continue reading

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