Category Archives: Rants

The Unsatisfying Ending

In the past week I’ve read three books with wholly unsatisfying ending. Each one left me hugely irritated and by the third–I’m just plain pissed off. These three books were romances. Now one of the reasons I was reading them … 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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The News From 2Dits Farm: The Reaper and the Bambino

OK, 2016, there’s the door. Don’t let it whack you in the fanny on the way out, you miserable sod. Rarely have I felt so much dark energy as these past twelve months have brought, and I gather from Facebook … Continue reading

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On Anger

Anger. There’s a lot of that out there since the election. There’s shock, too, especially out here in California where the vote was overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, even the white vote. And fear. With white supremacists appointed to White House … Continue reading

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Election Anxiety Disorder and What To Do About It

Like just about everyone I know, I have been feeling anxious about this election. I say “just about” because  there might be some acquaintance who is blissfully uncaring about the issues and candidates. So for the rest of us, this … Continue reading

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HOAs

I’m a little ranty today. When we moved into this house, we had to join the HOA. Not all that expensive per year, so okay. We wanted this school district and we liked the house a lot. Only it turns … Continue reading

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The Things People Say—4: Verbal Squid Ink
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I want to state at the outset that this article is not about political points of view. It’s about the way we communicate or fail to communicate ideas. I have been without political affiliation my entire adult life, but am … Continue reading

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Walk This Way

I walk–more or less–the way I drive. I stay on the right, pass slower moving people in front of me on the left, and do a lot of passing. I am not particularly patient about people who–for lack of a … Continue reading

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Swords, Power-lifting, and Goddesses

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Several years back, when I found myself with some money that wasn’t earmarked for regular expenses or necessary savings, I bought myself something I’d always wanted: a sword. A lovely katana, made my friend David Goldberg, a master swordsmith. Some … Continue reading

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Confessions of an Inadvertent Prescriptionist

So my daughter is home for the summer, bringing joy and great conversations and taking over my kitchen. I really enjoy both my daughters, but Younger Girl is such an emphatic presence in the house that you really know she’s here. And we … Continue reading

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