Monthly Archives: September 2013

Looking Toward the Future on the C & O Canal

Location: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Maryland Time: Late 1800s Jebediah wiped his brow with the back of his hand. The line of canal boats waiting for the next lock stretched in front of him. “Someday, Jacob,” he mused to his … Continue reading

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Are You Becoming a Paperless Writer?

Originally posted on boy with a hat:
Digital Painting by Linda Greenberg When I think of Shakespeare and of Dickens and of Chekhov I imagine stacks of paper and ink pots and quills (or at least fountain pens). But when…

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Her Humor Kills Me!

Thanks to Connie Willis, I’m reading Murder on the Orient Express right now.  How did a science fiction writer inspire one to read a classic murder mystery? I just finished The Best of Connie Willis, which is a collection of … Continue reading

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Outdoor Art to Soften Wal-Mart

I ran across a blog post on Twitter tonight (hat tip Ruth Padel) about an unusual book, drainspotting: 61 amazing manhole covers from Japan by Remo Camerota. It’s about manhole covers in Japan. Evidently it’s common in Japan for cities to decorate … Continue reading

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Tonight’s Special

I stumble into work Saturday evening. Date night can yield good tips. Well, it can if you don’t flub people’s orders, forget to fill their glasses and give them the wrong check. I thought she came by to make out. I hoped she’d … Continue reading

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War is Peace

Fueling fear no peace Endless war to keep us safe Mercy scorned once more

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Letters from Skye – a Review

In my real life as a public librarian, I occasionally get to review books for our website. Here’s my latest review, of Jessica Brockmole’s debut novel Letters from Skye. http://bit.ly/i09OW5 Being the superficial man that I am, I often judge … Continue reading

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Retro Revenge – Don’t Distract Daddy

Saturday, around noon. “Dad, can I use your laptop?” “Not now Ian, I’m using it.” Five minutes later. “Dad, can I watch Power Rangers on your laptop?” “No Noah, not now, I’m in the middle of something.” “Come on Dad, … Continue reading

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