Monthly Archives: November 2017

#ZenTao Update

A few years back, I fell into the habit of writing a daily haiku and posting it on social media. The first year, I called it the #joyproject and for the last two I’ve called it #zentao (after the old … Continue reading

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Honeysuckle Creek and the Lunar Landing

One night recently, two of my friends took me down to Honeysuckle Creek because of something Vonda McIntyre said to me. I wanted an excuse, for in all my years in Canberra, I’ve never been there and Vonda gave me … Continue reading

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The Saga of the Prius

Once upon a time, O Reader, hybrid cars were new and wonderful, the best of both worlds, a stylish way to reduce our dependence on foreign petroleum and thereby prevent wars and save the planet. If there were issues with … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Spicy Crème Brûlée Brownies

I volunteered to make one of the desserts for the Thanksgiving get-together at a friend’s house. So of course, I decided to make something I had never made before, and to make some changes to the recipe as I went … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Practices Retirement

I’m practicing retirement. It’s a four-day weekend for me (dear reader, if you read last Sunday’s blog, you know of what I speak). The first day was Friendsgiving, between folks who’d rather not join the family—mine all live in California. … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I discovered recently that my son has never seen or read A Christmas Carrol. As an English major and a writer, I feel I have neglected him sadly. Also, although he was born and has lived … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 9: Classical Lindos on Rhodes

The lovely Classical remnants of the Lindos acropolis hover like a dream on the rocky cliffs high above the deep blue Aegean Sea. Come climb these layers of history with me. NOTE: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Dining Customs

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) I hope my U.S. readers enjoyed a tasty Thanksgiving feast yesterday, and I hope my readers elsewhere in the world had some nice meals, too! For our final November post, … Continue reading

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Theatre review: In The Next Room, or, The Vibrator Play

If you’re a fan of historical fiction you should see this play. If you’re a woman who has learned her way around her own body under less than optimal circumstances, or taught a man, you should see this play. If you’re a student of feminism, medicine, or sociology, you should see this play. If you need a laugh and can laugh at lengthy (and I assure you prudishly veiled) performances of hysteria cure in women and men, you should see this play. If you love steampunk for the finicky social rules, the language, the clothes, and clank, you should see this play. Continue reading

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Thankful for the (Possibility of) Good Anthropocenes

Water catchment system

Traditionally, anything published on U.S. Thanksgiving Day must be about being thankful. In the current political environment, it can be difficult to feel that way. Fortunately, there are people doing outstanding work on sustainability and resilience – the keys to … Continue reading

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