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The mysterious life of children

Sometime while I was not paying attention this afternoon, my son (very soon to be four) stole my new tea ball out of my cup, and then hung it on the computer desk right where he plays next to me. He had been fascinated with it before but I didn’t ...

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Love, death, and dreams.

Before I forget about this, I need to get this down. Close to where I live is a really tiny cemetery. Driving by the other day, I saw a funeral. Old, uniformed men were attending it. It isn’t just the “We’re losing all our WWII veterans” that crossed my mind. ...

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Review: Princess of the Midnight Ball

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George My review rating: 4 of 5 starsFun to read retelling of the 12 princesses, a favorite that I read to my girls when they were younger. Always wondered how they came to be dancing, and have 12 so close in age, ...

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Writing exercises

I just started with a new writing group this week. They meet once a month, are more structured than any others I’ve been, and all are at least at semi-pro level. I submitted the story that I’ve classed as my worst story ever. Why is it that? Because I was ...

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Pillars of the Earth review

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett My review rating: 3 of 5 starsI like long books, usually. It means we get to spend more time with characters we’ve come to care about, if the author has done their job properly. Even though I liked most of the characters ...

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Zing day 7!

The end of my week! Is this a sad thing, or a happy thing? It isn’t the end of Zing on my blog, but no longer should I come up with Once again, I’d like to point any of my readers to John Brown’s blog, who is the cause for ...

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The Sputnik effect and Zing day 6

Vladimir and I watched a movie today about sputnik (zing 1). That first satellite that the Soviet Union launched started the arms race like nothing else. The really interesting thing is that neither Khrushchev or Eisenhower wanted such a thing. It was the military that pushed both nations towards this. ...

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Zing day 5

So, for those not in the know I am following John Brown’s assignment to think up 10-20 zings a day for a week. There has been some discussion with some other writer friends about externalizing the muse rather than feeling like a failure if it we don’t happen to be ...

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Zing day 4

1. Tree galls: insects induce the tree to grow tumors that are shelters for the insects’ young. Mealy Oak Gall Oak Marble Gall Gall Forming Aphids 2. A new building toy that has parts that remember how you moved them so kids can create totally unique “robots” but building and ...

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