*** Here are links that should work: http://airportsmadesimple.com/ https://www.sitorsquat.com/   [Note: This site {if I understand it} appears to require interface with Facebook before allowing access. I wasn't comfortable making the connection, so I didn't get to use the website. However, I'm probably in the minority, so if you do gain access, please let me know … Continue reading

Belated Christmas and Midnight Romps

At Christmas play and make good cheer For Christmas comes but once a year.                             ~ Thomas Tusse David and I met friends Geoff and Emme at the Root Cellar yesterday morning for a belated Christmas breakfast. Our plan for a Christmas-David's Birthday-New Year's … Continue reading Belated Christmas and Midnight Romps


I'm watching Patterns, a movie written by Rod Serling. Van Heflin plays a young production engineer hired by a ruthless industrialist to replace his vice-president, whose ethics and integrity make him, in his superior's eyes, a liability to the company. The new executive finds himself caught in a pattern he's determined to break. The movie's … Continue reading Patterns

Nets of Silver and Gold

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night Sailed off in a wooden shoe — Sailed on a river of crystal light, Into a sea of dew. "Where are you going, and what do you wish?" The old moon asked the three. "We have come to fish for the herring fish That live in this beautiful sea; … Continue reading Nets of Silver and Gold


Tybalt is gone, and Romeo banished; Romeo that kill'd him, he is banished. ~ Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, III.ii They are free men, but I am banished. And say'st thou yet that exile is not death? Hadst thou no poison mix'd, no sharp-ground knife, No sudden mean of death, though ne'er so mean, But "banished" … Continue reading Bani-shed!

The Biggest Myth

"I think the biggest myth that writers might have about themselves is that we're somehow more important than we really are. I always cringe a little when I hear a writer say it's our duty to make social commentary, expose social injustice, etc. I don't think it's my duty at all. My duty as a … Continue reading The Biggest Myth

Lady Edith Defended & ROW80 Plans

I speak on behalf of Edith Crawley. Granted, the second of Lord Grantham's daughters behaves like a real stinker, exposing Lady Mary's extreme indiscretion in season one of Downton Abbey and rendering her, in Lady Grantham's words, damaged goods.  But consider: Edith has spent her life sandwiched between the beautiful Lady Mary and the stunning … Continue reading Lady Edith Defended & ROW80 Plans

Chili Rellenos

When Millie invited is over for dinner, she said she would cook a chili rellenos casserole. Oh, said I, don't go to any trouble for us, all the while praying she would. She did. I helped. She asked what the difference is between Poblano and Anaheim peppers, so I set up my laptop on her kitchen … Continue reading Chili Rellenos

True Poet

Despite all the time I've wasted scrolling through Facebook, I've received more from the site than I've lost. It's allowed me to reconnect with students I taught thirty years ago. Last night I was chatting with a member of the class of 1982. She gave me permission to link to her website. She didn't give … Continue reading True Poet

Safe, Guilt-Free Online Resources for the Addictive Writer

Last night I did the unthinkable. Or the un-thought-out. I stumbled upon StumbleUpon, joined, and stumbled upon websites I would be better off not knowing about. I could click click click for hours, and did. Quotations. The Pre-Raphaelites. Cats… One site, however, has oodles of redeeming creative value–so many oodles, in fact, that I wanted … Continue reading Safe, Guilt-Free Online Resources for the Addictive Writer

The Eight Suggestions for 2013

Yesterday I said I would post my Seven Suggestions for 2013. Copying them, I found there were eight. Here it is, the unalliterative but expanded version of The Eight Suggestions. 1) Finish the @%%&$@!% novel (aka either fall in love with it again or chuck it); 2) follow through on the Sacred Writing Time Pledge  … Continue reading The Eight Suggestions for 2013

01.01.2013: As Yet, Unfinished, but Finished Now

I've done it again. Gotten my days mixed up. Earlier today, I decided to enter the WordPress Post Every Day 2013 challenge. I added the badge, which had just become available, to the blog's sidebar and congratulated myself on having already posted on January 1. At 11:58 p.m., something moved me to look at the … Continue reading 01.01.2013: As Yet, Unfinished, but Finished Now