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The Rambling Writer’s Quest for Home: Thor Builds a Swinging Cabana

Progress continues on our dream home with sunsets over the Salish Sea, as Thor builds a swinging lounger inspired by the cabanas on our recent Caribbean beach trip. Believe it or not, the photo above is not color-enhanced. We’ve been enjoying unseasonably sunny days and some spectacular sunsets this month in the Pacific Northwest after […]

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The Rambling Writer Book Review: Chino and the Dance of the Butterfly by Dana Tai Soon Burgess

Chino and the Dance of the Butterfly takes us into the heart of creative passion and dance movement, with insights into culture and art. I’ve been reading books selected by the International Pulpwood Queens & Timber Guys Book Club since my novel Pause was chosen as a 2022 title. I was fortunate to “meet” Dana Tai Soon

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Big Rock Garden

Join me for a ramble around a lovely local woodland park to enjoy outdoor sculptures and gorgeous rhododendrons in bloom. NOTE: As I repost this, I’m hoping to have some new material new week. Meanwhile, it’s lusty-nature May, and the rhododendrons are showing off, so this garden visit seemed appropriate. It’s a typical cool, damp “Junuary”

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The Rambling Writer Book Review: The Marcus Didius Falco historical detective novels by Lindsey Davis

Ancient Rome comes to vivid, quirky life in the Marcus Didius Falco mystery series by Lindsey Davis. I confess, I have a bit of a crush on Marcus Didius Falco, the sardonic, scruffy former soldier now scraping by in 1st-century AD Rome as an “informer,” what we’d now call a private eye. When Lindsey Davis,

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Return to Playa Sonrisa, part 3

Join Thor and me as our Playa trip continues with snorkeling outside the reef at La Posa. Another Geezer Adventure. NOTE: Due to major body and computer/camera breakdowns during the fall and winter, it’s difficult to get new photo essays up. Thor and I just took another healing trip to Playa Sonrisa, so I’m replaying

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Return to Playa Sonrisa, part 2

Join Thor and me as we snorkel in one of our favorite spots in the world — the “Blue Lagoon” in the marine preserve near remote Xcalak, Mexico. Another Geezer Adventure. NOTE: Due to major body and computer/camera breakdowns during the fall and winter, it’s difficult to get new photo essays up. Thor and I just

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Return to Playa Sonrisa, part 1

Thor and I return to our favorite Caribbean beach and reef for snorkeling and some important celebrations. Another Geezer Adventure. NOTE: It’s been an intense four years starting with the pandemic and extended family losses, way too many surgeries for Thor and me, and my two difficult skirmishes with recurrent never-smoker lung cancer. On the

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Greek Island Easter

Join me for memories of Easter celebration on a Greek island. NOTE: I’m revisiting memories of my first backpacking trip around Greece in 1981, including an Easter week stay at a remote village on the south coast of Crete. I have only a few photos remaining from that trip, so some here are from later trips

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The Rambling Writer Book Review: THE SCHEMES OF DRAGONS and THE WIZARD’S NEMESIS by Dave Smeds

The wizardry and plots only thicken with books #2 and #3 in this epic struggle of humans versus dragons in a vividly original fantasy world. Full disclosure repeated: Back in the 1980s, Dave Smeds and I were both being published by Ace Books, and we became friends at science fiction and fantasy cons. I greatly

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