Category Archives: History

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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Slava

Where I come from, under the wing of the Orthodox Christian church, birthdays  have long been secondary in importance to one’s  “Imendan” (name-day) which is celebrated on the day that belongs to the saint after whom one is named. It … Continue reading

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Respect the Process

I cannot even think about the election today. I have done my civic duty (in addition to the Great National Stressor, we have 16 state-wide ballot initiatives, and 25 city-wide ballot initiatives to vote on). I need to be thinking … Continue reading

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Dipping into the Grimoire: Elderberry Cordial

Elderberries still on the bush

The hero of my fantasy series Night Calls is Alfreda Sorensson, a young practitioner on her way to being a full blown wizard. It’s the season for her elderberry cordial, so I thought I’d share her recipe with you. Continue reading

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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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Miss Holmes: a theatre review

Mandy Walsh as Dr. Watson handles her responsibilities with compassion but also with the clinical pragmatism of a scientist, an emotional woman only when she has leisure for that role, and a creature of action when called upon. Katie McLean Hainsworth as Holmes is a wonder of on-the-spectrum single-mindedness. I adored her wearing a hump and stitches as Igorina in Monstrous Regiment. Here, she is overwhelming, just a miracle. Continue reading

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