Reference Questions* I Have Known

  Is cabbage juice good for you? What is cystic ovary syndrome? Do you have any more picture books about fire trucks? He won't read about anything but firetrucks. Is chemotherapy an effective treatment for multiple sclerosis? Do you have a book about condoms? I need to know who invented them.** How do I know … Continue reading Reference Questions* I Have Known

Queen Elizabeth II on the Republican Presidential Kerfuffle of 2016

I am thinking about Queen Elizabeth. She's bound to be sitting over there in Buckingham Palace, thinking about the United States, and the Republican debates, and the upcoming presidential election, and all the things that might happen between now and the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. And what might happen on and after January 20, … Continue reading Queen Elizabeth II on the Republican Presidential Kerfuffle of 2016

Bedtime at the Davis Home

I swear I did not plan this, because where cats are involved, no one can plan anything, but-- I had just published the preceding post and turned off my laptop when William walked over and looked at the chair and then looked at me. I spread out his blanket. He jumped up and settled in for the … Continue reading Bedtime at the Davis Home

At Home with the Davis Family

David has a new recliner. I have a new recliner, too, but I am a mean, contemptible battleaxe and I do not share. (I do put a blanket on my chair and tuck William in at night. Ernest won't share David's chair, either.)

Burnt Toast: A Christmas Story

Christmas Day 2015 is the 65th, approximately, anniversary of the day my grandmother burned toast. I wasn't there, but I heard about it after I arrived. At the bottom of the page, I've added links to posts and to entire blogs about burnt toast. One post instructs how not to burn toast. Another describes what to … Continue reading Burnt Toast: A Christmas Story

William Bit Me

William bit me at the vet, Didn't like the aide's assistance, Used his claws and fangs to set On the path of most resistance. Say I'm teary, say I'm mad, Say that pills and needles hit me, Say my arm's inflamed, and add, William bit me.   *** Jane Carlyle, wife of philosopher Thomas Carlyle, … Continue reading William Bit Me

Ella Minnow Pea Redux or, My keys won’ work

Computer problems. They happen. They happened to me last week. Bad ones, very bad. I acted with my usual grace under pressure, but I don't want to talk about them. I will, however, repost a story I first shared in 2010, about the first time my keyboard malfunctioned. I was preparing a post when it … Continue reading Ella Minnow Pea Redux or, My keys won’ work

“Hell on Wheels”: The Story of a Lethal Librarian

Excerpt from “Hell on Wheels” by Kathy Waller appears in MURDER ON WHEELS: 11 TALES OF CRIME ON THE MOVE, published by Wildside Press, 2015 Join Austin Mystery Writers for the launch of MURDER ON WHEELS at 7:00 p.m. on August 11, 2015, at BookPeople Bookstore, 6th and Lamar, Austin. Authors will read and sign. … Continue reading “Hell on Wheels”: The Story of a Lethal Librarian

My Gratitude List: 12 Items, Girdles Not Included

Make no mistake: I am grateful. For my husband, my family, parents who gave me a good start and kept on giving, my home, teachers, education, friends, time to use as I wish, the rights guaranteed to me by the Constitution, the freedom to pursue happiness, good health, and a host of other blessings. But … Continue reading My Gratitude List: 12 Items, Girdles Not Included

My Writing Writing Writing Day: Yeah, Right

In the previous post, I announced my intention to get up, go to BookPeople, write for an hour on a project of not-email and not-post (because Ramona DeFelice Long told me to), and get off the laptop by 7:00 p.m. Here's how the day went. At 8:00 a.m., I discovered Ernest experiencing grave digestive problems … Continue reading My Writing Writing Writing Day: Yeah, Right

The Scottish Referendum a Day Late & Assorted Rambling

It's one p.m. Texas time. I'm in a coffee shop, procrastinating, and I can't think of a better way to procrastinate than to google Scottish Referendum and check on how things are proceeding. I thought the results might have already been announced, since Scotland is several hours ahead of us, but so far they haven't. … Continue reading The Scottish Referendum a Day Late & Assorted Rambling

The Trees, the Birds, and the Patio

Have I mentioned that I can open a locked 1977 Chevy Malibu with a large paperclip in under a minute? And a locked 1977 Buick LeSabre with a metal coat hanger in under thirty seconds? That's if the metal hanger is coated with plastic and if you discount the time it takes to go into … Continue reading The Trees, the Birds, and the Patio

A Davis Christmas 2009: Compromise

As you know if you saw our last post, our Christmas tree has been the subject of intense, but not unexpected, conflict. As soon as the tree lit up, so did William and Ernest. William had to be physically restrained from chewing on the lights. The next morning found the tree lying on its side … Continue reading A Davis Christmas 2009: Compromise