It's a gray, rainy day, more like November than January. It has been raining slowly but steadily since the middle of the night and there are no more than a few remnants of snow remaining on the ground. We need sunshine and I'm just the person to provide some!
As the first month of this new year crawls to a close, I am grateful to be given a brand new and very special award: The Reader Appreciation Award from Sharla at catnipoflife. Sharla and I exchange scoops, family news, compliments and regrets that we don't live close enough to visit in person pretty much every … Continue reading Thanking my readers in a tangible way: The Reader Appreciation Award
I just read another post on the power of positive thinking. I was glad to hear again how I can conquer pain and make my problems go away by believing they will. Does God really reserve his blessing for those with a positive attitude? I don't think there's a malevolent deity or evil destiny stalking me or … Continue reading If the moccasins pinch, wear them
When I was in college studying drama, one of the assignments was to perform a poem ... something long and epic. Most of my fellow students felt a need to showcase their dramatic skill by performing "How do I love thee" or one of the many Elizabethan sonnets. They did so using a variety of … Continue reading The Walrus and the Carpenter
It's 5 hours later in London than in New England. I was reminded of this today because a few minutes after 4 in the afternoon, I got almost 400 hits from England on a blog I wrote Last September. The post is about the première episode of this season of the CBS series "Criminal Minds." … Continue reading Gazing through from the other side with a British accent
Out near UMass, in Hadley, last week. They have some very photogenic shacks. The old shack in the next photograph is a symbol of the town, so whenever the shack starts to really collapse, they prop it back up. Great for photographers.
The story within a story (or play within a play), where fictional characters interact with people in the real world is not new or unique. Shakespeare used it and as Scalzi himself bears witness, there have been a lot of movies, plays, books, and so on that have used one or another variations on this … Continue reading Redshirts, by John Scalzi: A Book Review