Category Archives: History

A Tricoastal Woman: Texas History

Come and Take It

If you go to public school in Texas, you will at some point be required to take Texas history. In fact, unless things have changed, if you want to teach school in Texas, you have to take a course in … 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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Glimpses of Everyday Life BC (before cameras)

Those who enjoy historical novels set a century or two ago encounter young ladies busy doing their fine sewing (white sewing was never seen by callers) and music and watercolors. But we rarely see examples of the first and last. … Continue reading

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The heart of the epic

                    In 1740, Lord Chesterfield wrote regular letters to his son in Latin, French, as well as English. Many have heard of his famous letters, but alas, few have read them. … Continue reading

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My Muse is Heading For Palm Springs The Winter

We all have those days when you stare at the computer screen for hours and anything you try to type looks like Old High Marsian. My muse is on walkabout. Mental exhaustion I tell myself when this happens. Too many … Continue reading

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My Very Dear Reader . . . writer vs. critic

It is scarcely the province of an author to refute the arguments of his censors and vindicate his own productions, but I may be allowed to make here a few observations with which I would have prefaced the first edition … Continue reading

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Old Man’s Judo

(Picture from here.) When I was in grade school, in California, my father enrolled me in a judo class. I have no idea why he did it—in fact, it was done so early in my life it seemed completely natural. Who … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A Commentary (Part 2)

Now that it’s streaming on Netflix, I’ve been watching THE TWILIGHT ZONE for the first time.  (I had a deprived childhood.)  The show has had a big impact on the SF community for decades, like a grandfather who used to … Continue reading

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Anamnesis

I often think of our brains as hypertext: certain smells, sights, bits of music, words, will trigger a cascade of memories or ideas. As I’m doing chores that require two hands so I can’t read, or while I’m walking the … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A Commentary (Part 1)

A point of information: I’ve never watched an episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE all the way through.  The ZONE, of course, is before my time–I was born in 1967, four years after the show went off the air.  However, many … Continue reading

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