Category Archives: Animals

Christmas DownUnder

My typical Christmas Day is a writing day. When I get tired of writing, I watch DVDs, for I can’t face Christmas advertisements. This is one of the many effects of being Jewish in Australia. This year, however, some friends … 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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Watching the birdies

I was never much of a bird-watcher. I liked them and enjoyed feeding them, but except for ooh-ing and ah-ing over the odd goldfinch or bluebird that dropped by for a snack, I wasn’t overly interested in the types of … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer: Autumn Color in the Mountains

Now that “winter is coooming,” and the gloomy gray rain of the usual Pacific Northwest slog through the dark days is looming, here are a few highlights of my last couple of autumn hikes with Thor and Bear dog, to … Continue reading

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Ammonites, Allosaurs and Sauropods. Oh, My.

(Picture from here.) It has been a while since I put up a post– nearly two months. A lot of things have happened in that time, including a two week vacation for the eclipse and a visit to Dinosaur National … Continue reading

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The Language Attic: Ovine

by Brenda W. Clough  One of the pleasures of magazines on the Internet is finding great writers. I am not for instance in the readership demographic for Esquire magazine but now I read their splenetic political columnist Charles Pierce daily. … Continue reading

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Update: Pard and the Time Machine

Pard and the Time Machine

In an earlier blog post* I described my cat’s relationship to the Time Machine that sits on my desk keeping tabs on what goes on in my computer. When both Pard and the Time Machine were younger, it often made faint clickety buzzing noises, which convinced him that it it contained beetles. A reasonable assumption, since our house swarmed with box-elder beetles that year, and they did get into everything. He enjoyed hunting them. But eating them always appeared to be more a duty than a reward. Presently he gave it up. Then he gave up beetle-hunting altogether, as a boring juvenile pastime beneath the dignity of a mature cat. Continue reading

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Cat Blog: Gayatri and the Yoga Mats

Gayatri, the One-Eyed Pirate Wonder Queen here: I wish to lodge a formal complaint about my monkeys on the subject of suitable scratching materials. Yes, I know this environment has been amply supplied with scratching posts. As a thoroughly civilized feline, I … Continue reading

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Meeting Emma and Gillian

“Did GG’s stuff include a scrapbook?” “There’s one of those late Victorian scrapbooks, with poems and pasted pictures. Is that what you mean?” In my debut novel for Book View Café, The Wizardry of Jewish Women, a scrapbook appears. “This … Continue reading

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The Seichi Journals – Epilog

A short while ago, we adopted a shelter dog, a young female German Shepherd Dog, named Sage (Seichi). Although she was a wonderful dog in many respects, her intensity and high prey drive didn’t work out for us. We believed our … Continue reading

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