Author Archives: Steven Harper Piziks

Writing Nowadays–My Summer Office

When summer comes, I like to move outside to my summer office. It’s the front porch of our lovely house. It faces north, so it’s always cool and shady. We’ve installed some comfortable porch furniture out there, along with a … Continue reading

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Jubilee!

It’s cherry season!  I love cherries and will eat them like popcorn when they come in.  So will Darwin.  But last week, I bought two pounds and told Darwin to keep his hands off! “I’m making Cherries Jubilee,” I told … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman, the Internet, and Tender Little Snowflakes

WARNING: LOTS OF STRONG LANGUAGE. MAY NOT BE SFW. Now the Internet is losing its shit over a screening of Wonder Woman: https://www.yahoo.com/movies/wonder-woman-update-theater-chain-behind-women-screenings-responds-complaints-adding-screenings-174319106.html Short version is, a movie theater company arranged a women-only screening of WONDER WOMAN.  In certain quarters … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Discovery and All the Little Snowflakes

CBS released an actual trailer (instead of a stupid teaser trailer) for Star Trek: Discovery. And the Internet is losing its head As of this writing, the trailer has over four million views on YouTube and zillions of negative comments.  … Continue reading

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Why I Won’t See Alien: Covenant

My husband Darwin likes horror movies. As a rule, I don’t. I do like SF movies, though, and here we have ALIEN: COVENANT, which combines the two genres. This, I thought, would be a perfect date movie!  Horror for Darwin, SF for me. … Continue reading

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Endless Surveys

Am I the only one who’s tired of the surveys? Every I do business with sends me a “customer satisfaction survey.”  The plumber installs a new faucet, and the next day I get an email.  “How did we do?  Click … Continue reading

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The Popcorn Scam

For years I thought microwave popcorn bags were made of a special paper for microwave ovens.  I recently learned that this is not the case.  They’re ordinary paper bags. You want microwave popcorn?  Do this: Take an ordinary paper lunch … Continue reading

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Strange Skills

A while ago, some friends and I were talking about strange and (probably_ useless skills they’d picked up over the years, and it got me to thinking about my own. Off-hand: 1. Raising, butchering, and cleaning chickens, ducks, geese, and … Continue reading

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Salad Help

This past week, I made a menu that came out heavy on the meat.  We had ribs, ham, hamburgers, and chicken.  It wasn’t on purpose–I just wasn’t paying attention. Maksim, my youngest, asked about some vegetarian dishes, and I said … Continue reading

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Beauty, Revisited

Darwin and I finally saw BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  My thoughts: –Emma Watson isn’t a great singer. Her voice is quite weak compared to Paige O’Hara. Come to that, none of the cast members has a standout voice, except the … Continue reading

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