Category Archives: Culture

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A Tricoastal Woman: Out-of-Period Knowledge

Some years back, when I still lived in Washington, DC, I was driving home late one night from Philcon, the Philadelphia science fiction convention, with a much younger friend of mine. At one point, someone else on the road did … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding: Curses and Cusses

  How many Sf or fantasy novels have you read, or shows have you watched, that toss you right out when the characters started cussing and the made-up words, or euphemisms, sound totally fake? Some writers solve the problem by … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Green Pants

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I ordered some pants online in a color called “moss green.” I was picturing a grayish green, a subdued color that would work with a lot of different shirts. The pants that arrived were the color of the green crayon … Continue reading

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Airport Art

Earlier this month, I took part in a writers’ retreat at a resort on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, which necessitated my passing through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. I didn’t get the chance to see much of anything when I arrived, but departure … Continue reading

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Afternoon Tea for Beginners

Recently, some folks in the Facebook Wisteria Tearoom Group were talking about hosting tea for their friends, and I realized from their conversation that many members of the group had never done that. This came as a complete shock to … Continue reading

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Month of Museums #5: Back to the Classics…

There’s actually a link back to the previous museum here, because one of the SFM traveling exhibitions is due to appear at the Norton Museum of Art, in West Palm Beach.Been there. Saw that.It’s got a helluva bad website, apparently, … Continue reading

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Month of Museums #3: A matter of faith

And now, for something completely different – from the halls of science and industry of the previous museum into the arched vaults of faith.It was the Sunday of the Montreal Worldcon, August 2009. The con was pretty much to all … Continue reading

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Month of Museums #2: It’s Electrifying!

This little town where I now make my home, tucked away in the beautiful foothills of the Cascades, would not be the first place you would think of if you were to consider the establishment of a museum dedicated to … Continue reading

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Unnatural Empathy

(Picture from here.) The eastern gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor) and the Cope’s gray tree frog (H. chrysoscelis) are closely related. They look identical. Yet they only mate preferentially with each other. Why? You might ask. The Cope’s frog has … Continue reading

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Month of Museums #1: Let’s start on a personal note….

A perpetual crisis which beset my globetrotting family every so often, during my school-going years, was that we would inevitably find ourselves stuck at some sort of crossroads which necessitated shifting living arrangements to some other and different country and … Continue reading

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