Monthly Archives: November 2013

Alix’s Viewpoint

I recommend everyone go here and read Alix’s essay and the comments.  Very interesting. I can’t believe arguments like Savage’s are still getting airtime. What year are we in?    

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13 Things I’m Thankful For — 2013 Edition

We’ve stuffed ourselves with turkey. We’ve watched football. We’ve engaged in fierce and probably drunken political debates. Now I’m going to take a few minutes to do something else, and meditate on the things that put the “thanks” in Thanksgiving. … Continue reading

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The Redbreast

My friend JC introduced me to Jo Nesbo’s books. Nesbo is the most accessible of the Scandinavian mystery writers, and there are at least seven books featuring his detective Harry Hole (we would probably pronounce it “Holy”). Nebro introduced his … Continue reading

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Ocean View

  One view from M’s house. I really liked the cloud. We are bucketing up Hula Street in T’s newish SUV. A peppery, spicy smell fills the cab, emanating from the leaf M, who is sitting beside me, holds. Linda, … Continue reading

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It’s Alchemy: Ka’u Coffee Mill

The Patron Edmond Olson made his first fortune with gunite, a particular concrete mixture best known for lining swimming pools. He made his second fortune with self-storage facilities. Now 82, Olson cashed out of the storage units, to the tune … Continue reading

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Thor: The Dark World

Spouse and I went to see Thor: The Dark World. I hadn’t realized it was 3D. I was a little wary. 3D still seems gimmicky to me. Do you need it to tell the story? In The Dark World, the … Continue reading

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Last Night I Dreamed I Was Returning

For the past eight years, Keoke Kahumoku has held a Hawaiian Music and Lifestyle camp, the first week of November. The camp takes place in Pahala on the big island, and top-drawer musicians and dancers teach ukelele, open-tuning guitar, singing, … Continue reading

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The Night Chorus

Coqui frogs say their name. That’s how they got it. The cry is  a high-pitched two-note trill: “Co-ki? Co-ki?” or, sometimes, it sounds like a woman saying, “Bobby? Bobby?”  Some coqui frogs sing three notes instead of two. If I … Continue reading

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And In a Blink It Changes

I wasn’t in a good mood that Saturday morning.  I had agreed to meet with a group of people who came together over MeetUp and wanted to start a science fiction writing group. At first, I had been enthusiastic. Then, … Continue reading

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… Like the Ceiling Can’t Hold Us

Free Advertising! The most recent (and bigger) Sonoma County casino opens on November 5, 2013. Graton Resort and Casino, at the northwestern edge of Rohnert Park, has spent a long time in development. If you count the period of time … Continue reading

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