That Warehouse, Looming

December 27, 2016

So I’m reading along in this novel, and I come to the scene where the protagonist, desperate to find the answers to his questions, decides to go into the abandoned warehouse alone, knowing that the bad guy is there with all his minions.  Or maybe it’s not a warehouse, but the bad guy’s manor house. […]

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Filling and Fulfilling

December 25, 2016

So here’s a shot of last night’s roast beast, fresh from the oven.  I splurged on a USDA Prime rib roast, the price of which quite startled me.  I sprinkled it with Indonesian white pepper, garlic, and allspice (the Finnish housewife’s best friend), and then dusted it with flour before tossing it in the oven. […]

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Sprint for the Story!

December 22, 2016

Carrie Vaughn’s new Wild Cards story, “The Thing About Growing Up in Jokertown,” is live at  I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that you just might like it. No previous knowledge of the series is necessary, I’m sure.

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December 21, 2016

This is the time of year for caroling.  But what do we actually know about carols? For one thing, carol services are very recent.  They were invented in 1880 by Edward White Benson, the Bishop of Truro.  And what do we know about him? He later became Archbishop of Canterbury and his whole family had […]

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Holidays Abroad

December 20, 2016

Travel is broadening, and this is particularly true if you eat the food.  And Christmas is a time for food, right? A few years ago I was in Singapore and was surprised to discover that Spongebob was an important part of the Christmas holiday. Now I find out that in Japan, Christmas is celebrated with Kurisumasu […]

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Remains of War

December 17, 2016

Here is Beach White 1 on the island of Peleliu, where a horrifically bloody, grinding and mostly unnecessary battle was fought in late 1944.  In the foreground you can see the treads of a Sherman tank, still at the waterline 70-odd years later.  In the middle ground is a weed-filled lagoon across which Chesty Puller’s […]

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Wild Cards World

December 15, 2016

For all you Wild Cards fanciers out there, there are many treats in store (besides a book trailer in Spanish, that is). The Wild Cards website is now available for your browsing pleasure, featuring videos, author and character bios, interviews, and a blog with new posts appearing on a regular schedule. Plus book trailers in […]

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Health Update

December 14, 2016

Kathy had her hip replacement on Monday, and it went extremely well.  She’s been through it all before, and is managing her recovery splendidly. When you’re prepping for surgery, and afterwards in recovery, the nurses are forever asking you for your name and date of birth, presumably so they can determine if your mental function […]

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Lower Caves

December 7, 2016

So everyone got gloves and helmets with lights (batteries not provided).  And then there was a certain amount of hanging around on ropes. And negotiating some rather complicated ladders and scaffolding. There was also a bit of belly-crawling, and squeezing through tight places generally.  Plus maneuvering over wet and/or slippery surfaces. But it was all […]

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The New Calendar

December 4, 2016

As in the past, we’ve put together a new 2017 calendar featuring photos taken during the latest travels, so that we can share our experience with our friends.  Because everywhere I’ve been this year had to do with boats and/or the ocean, there’s the focus of the calendar.  You’ve already seen a number of photos on […]

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