Monthly Archives: October 2010


In the Celtic tradition, October 31st is the end of the year, New Year’s Eve, basically.  It’s also the time when the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is at its thinnest. El … Continue reading

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The Halloween Tree

So, as most of you probably already knew, the best day to go shopping for Halloween decorations is the day before Halloween.  Everything was at least 25% off and one store had things marked down by 40%.  That store, by … Continue reading

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The Costume is Emerging!

It had stopped raining but there was a shallow puddle right in front of the walkway up to Dianne’s studio.  As I pulled in and parked, a friendly smooth-hair  terrier in the car next to me poked his nose up … Continue reading

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When the Student is Ready, the Costume Will Appear

  Usually, around February I decide I should do a Halloween costume.  Then I forget.  About three days before the holiday I scrounge around and find my old black velour cape and my witch’s hat, and call it good. Not … Continue reading

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Woken Furies; a Long Review

Woken Furies, Richard Morgan Ballentine Del Ray, 2007 Takeshi Kovacs spends most of Woken Furies, the third book in the Kovacs series, in a bad mood.  When I’m in a bad mood, I’m more snappish and sarcastic than usual.  Kovacs … Continue reading

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Books for Cheap: 8 Books, 18 Bucks

Last Monday my mother-in-law and I made the trek to her favorite used bookstore, Paperbacks Unlimited.  She had two bags of books for credit, I had three.  She hadn’t been there in a while, and went wild–I think she got … Continue reading

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Around the Internet II

This first one is from and it talks about the First Lady’s garden.  I liked it, but, geez, Michelle Obama doesn’t wear jeans and sweat shirt even when she’s gardening?  Here is the President’s response to the recent suicides … Continue reading

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A Tradition Since 1993

I had a bad week at work last week, so on Friday I put in for half a day’s vacation time, and gave my inner child a play-date.  The Sig-O and I went to the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and the … Continue reading

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Art Trails 2010

  As part of Art Trails I went to John and Sunai’s house.  Sunai had a young woman named Mai helping her.  I think she might have been in her first year of college, perhaps a little younger.  She had … Continue reading

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A Shameless Plug

Blade’s Edge Mark Schynert If you like high fantasy, urban fantasy, or alternate-time-line stories, and you have a Kindle, check out Blade’s Edge at the Kindle store. My friend Mark Schynert wrote and self-published this.  It’s been a while since … Continue reading

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