Monthly Archives: July 2010

Dandelion Clock

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Woman Warrior

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest; Stieg Larsson, Knopf,2010 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is, when all’s said and done, a paper chase, but it is still hold-your-breath exciting.  Part of this is because Stieg Larrson invites … Continue reading

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Short Stories

Hart and Boot and Other Stories.  Tim Pratt, Nightshade Books, 2007 20th Century Ghost.  Joe Hill, HarperCollins, 2008 Harrowing the Dragon. Patrician McKillip, Ace, 2006  I don’t usually read short fiction.  It’s an attention-span thing.  I like to immerse myself, … Continue reading

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A Market in its Prime

What can you get at the farmers’ market?  Just about everything.  The next six weeks are the peak of the growing season, and Sunday’s market was bursting with root vegetables, leafy greens, squash, beans fruits, berries, flowers and plants. What’s … Continue reading

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I Write Like

Here’s another fun thing to do instead of actual writing.  It’s called the I Write Like analyzer.  Copy some of your deathless prose and paste it in, click Analyze and let the algorithm do its thing.  The first several times … Continue reading

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Yearbook Pix; a Rant

So here’s an Internet-spawned political flap, or mini-flap, I want to weigh in on.  Someone found a yearbook picture of Rachel Maddow, the MSNBC journalist and commentator, and put it on the Internet. I don’t know why the person felt … Continue reading

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Movies: The Girl Who Played With Fire

A couple left the theater ahead of me and the man said, “Well, she wasn’t the girl with the dragon tattoo, was she?” And the wife said–from behind her I could practically see her rolling her eyes–“Of course it was! Didn’t you see the big tattoo on her back?” And he said, “Well, I couldn’t tell what it was.” Continue reading

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Bloody, Bold and Resolute

At the beginning of the Rep’s production of MacBeth, a doll-like clown with a lacy mob cap and ruffled petticoats tiptoes onto the stage, followed by a colorful ragamuffin clown.  As they watch, a traitorous Scot is executed and his … Continue reading

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350 Gardens, Week 8: Tomatoes!(Update)

They have tomatoes!  From the faint green striping on the top of these, I’m wondering if this is an heirloom variety.  And the squash plants look happy indeed, crawling out of the raised bed and across the yard.  I’m not … Continue reading

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