Monthly Archives: November 2012

Day One

This is what Heaven looks like. All the time I worked at the county, I had a mantra I repeated when days were bad. This happened most frequently when I was dealing with a problem employee (and I dealt with … Continue reading

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The Inexplicables by Cherie Priest

My review of Priest’s latest in her Clockwork Century series is up at fanlit. I don’t have a firm date, but I expect to post an interview with her sometimes next week, or the week after.

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The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

My review of this book, one of the Mistborn series, is posted at Fanlit.

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Grammar! A Screed

On Black Friday, we went “up the hill,” as the locals say, to a town called Arnold. Along the way to our destination I saw a sign for a used bookstore, and on our way back we stopped. Highland Books … Continue reading

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The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A.S. Byatt

My review of this Byatt collection is up at Fanlit. The site posted my review of A.S. Byatt’s fairy tales and the novella that is the title piece, and another review written several years earlier by Kelly Lassiter. Kelly and … Continue reading

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Thirteen Things I’m Thankful For (Retirement Edition)

I’m thankful that I got to retire before the world ends on December 21, 2012, because I got a couple of months of free time. I’m thankful that I worked in a place that offered a real pension, (even though … Continue reading

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World AIDS Day 2012; Let’s Find the 500 Together

December 1, 2012 is international World AIDS Day, a day set aside to reflect on the impact of HIV and raise awareness of this serious life-threatening virus. Sonoma County’s slogan for 2012 is “Let’s Find the 500 Together.” This is … Continue reading

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Live on our Stage

I happen to enjoy live theater, but it can get expensive. When I can, I take advantage of free performances, so now that I’m retired and don’t have to go watch the Board of Supervisors, I may go once in … Continue reading

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Affordable Care Act: The Patchwork Quilt of Coverage

One thing the Patient Rights and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform) did was expand coverage to Americans. Some of those provisions have already gone into effect. People can stay on their parents’ coverage until age 26; people cannot be … Continue reading

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Retirement: FAQs

What’s retirement like? I don’t know yet. It’s been three weeks, so I certainly should, but the first two weeks felt a little like a stay-at-home vacation. Because Spouse had an accident in mid-September and needs chauffeuring to various medical … Continue reading

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