NAKED

I made salal muffins yesterday morning. The berries grow wild in our hedge and ripen over a period of weeks or months. The muffins were made with organic flour and eggs, butter and some maple syrup for sweetening. I had two with butter for my breakfast. That's about 400 calories, which is allowed and also [...]

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FLOOD WATERS

We live right onshore, just a few bare feet above sea level. Every day we watch the Pacific Ocean wash in and out just beyond our front yard. Since 1979, the ocean has slid through the path in the hedge and onto the grass just twice. The Cascadia Fault is a concern, but like most [...]

GARAGE SALE

We gathered. I gathered some of it, not counting what my mother, aunt, grandmother, and other relatives failed to deal with. There were unsorted boxes in the attic that NO ONE wanted to deal with. We tried to give away a lot of things that were immediately useful—to someone else—but much of that stuff has [...]

READING SCIENCE FICTION, pt. 1

I could pretend to love The Left Hand of Darkness, but I never did. I could acknowledge that I do love many other novels such as Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed, Vonda McIntyre's Dream Snake, and Molly Gloss's The Dazzle of Day. But my favorite science fiction novel is Rite of Passage by Alexei [...]

CAN YOU HAVE TOO MANY BOOKS?

I saw a meme on Facebook the other day. The wording was something like: "I decided I needed to lose 10 pounds last year, and after six months I am doing great—12 pounds to go!" That is the irony when our best intentions go backwards. I have some personal experience with that. I have been [...]