Category Archives: Culture

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Nirvana in Fire

Somewhere I saw this referred to as the Chinese Game of Thrones, which startled me because if anything I see it as the opposite of Game of Thrones—that is, the rape-infested, amoral violence that made me drop the first novel … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Common Ground Country Fair


As usual, mine is the first car in the lot. Although this field and several adjacent to it will be filled with hundreds of vehicles when I return to the car sometime this afternoon, for now I’m alone in the … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Takes a Trip to a Legal Pot Shop


As a flower child of the late 60s, I enjoyed sharing a joint with friends – and yes, unlike Bill Clinton, I did inhale. After all, as President Obama has said, that was sort of the point. And, like many … Continue reading

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Fifteen years and a day after

I tried not to think about 9/11 yesterday. It’s not that it isn’t important. In fact there are those moments in your life when you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when something powerful occurred. A … Continue reading

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National Geographic: The Greeks: A Very Short Review

By Brenda W. Clough  Museums are a writer’s friends. Never pass one up! Background research is forever. There is nothing like actually seeing a helmet or a cup. And unless you are independently wealthy you are probably not traveling to … Continue reading

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Bruce Springsteen in Concert: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough I heard once of a woman who, when she was in high school, was asked to the junior prom by a teenaged Bill Gates. She turned him down. Every now and then she thinks about that, … Continue reading

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The Things People Say—3: Enthymemes

Most people know what a ’meme’ is. The dictionary definition ’meme’ is: “an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.” The dictionary … Continue reading

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Immersive fiction: history and other worlds


An on-going exchange about writing historical novels intersected with my reading of an ARC which the research into houses and weapons and clothing is impeccable . . . but everyone in early 1900s Great Britain sounds American. Occasionally modern American. … Continue reading

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The Things People Say—2

A Dallas police officer, who did not want to be identified, takes a moment as she guards an intersection in the early morning after a shooting in downtown Dallas, Friday, July 8, 2016. At least two snipers opened fire on police officers during protests in Dallas on Thursday night; some of the officers were killed, police said. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

As regular readers of my articles know, I have a bit of an issue with the way that people—especially highly public and influential people—use and abuse language. Some do this intentionally to manipulate their audience; others do it unintentionally out … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: On Being Retired

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She’s a gregarious person, snappingly energetic, this former teaching colleague of mine. We’ve met by chance in the bulk foods aisle of the supermarket, and her expansive gestures can fly around unimpeded here because the section sees only light traffic. … Continue reading

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