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 [...]



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 [...]


"When even the unpopular girls are rich, if not always pretty, how will they attempt rebellion and nonconformity?" I haven't read this new satirical novel about an elite private school in Australia. I probably never will. When I got to the line above in The New York Times review, I thought, "Why would I care?" [...]


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 [...]