Monthly Archives: March 2016

A Fantasy Scenario

If I were the editor-in-chief of a newspaper, the paper would run at least one climate change story every day on the front page above the fold. If I ran a magazine, each issue would feature a climate change story … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays–The Writing Goal

I’m continuing with the daily writing goal.  (I’m still not able to say what the project is, but it’s safe to mention that it’s a book based on a popular TV show.)  The deadline is dreadfully tight, and to finish … Continue reading

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Chicago welcomes the return of Spring: scylla in Lincoln Park

Scylla was planted here so long ago that it has completely naturalized. If you’ve ever planted scylla in your own yard, you know how many years it takes to make a carpet of blue like this. Continue reading

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BVC Announces Magic in the Stars

Magic in the Stars Unexpected Magic, Book 1 by Patricia Rice He’s a scientist who studies the stars. She’s an astrologer who predicts the future. Can a lonely witch save a handsome unbeliever from his own doom? As an astrologer, … Continue reading

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My Mother Went Out for Lemons

What is your earliest memory? Mine is from when I was somewhere between two and three years old. I’ve heard that it’s unusual to remember anything that early. So I’m unusual: when my mother was still alive I asked her … Continue reading

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A Stallion in Spring

I’m down with the Venusian Death Plague here, and it’s Horseblog time. What to do? Why, Horseblog Classic, of course! As it happens, spring never fails to liven things up around here, and what was true three years ago is … Continue reading

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The Annals of Pard: Photos

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

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Dice Tales: Trust Each Other

(This is the twelfth installment of Dice Tales, an ongoing series of posts about RPGs as storytelling.) *** Last week I talked about the necessity of trust between player and GM. This week, I’d like to expand that outward and … Continue reading

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Heirlooms and Lost Arts

  When I brought this home, I asked family members and some guests who happened to be over if they could identify it. Everyone agreed that it was a lamp, and a short discussion occurred over whether it was a … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Pruning the Apple Trees

Mrs. Robin is not happy. She’s flitting anxiously from the porch railing to the lilac to the willow tree, scolding me the whole time in a series of loud cheeps. As I study where to make pruning cuts on my … Continue reading

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