Barbie Must Die

At the grocery store recently, I saw a picture of a woman that looked fit and fabulous. It was in an advertisement, and it was clear from a distance that the advertisement was about how to get that way. ‘Wow,’ I thought, ‘I bet that took a lot of good ...

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Preparing to Blog

I have 63 topics I listed to write about on this blog, and one completed entry for that special occasion. I’m not sure what that occasion will be, but I’ll know it when it gets here. Just wanted to say.

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Brain Extensions

Two facts of my life: Fact One: At any one time, I will have a lot of windows open on my PC. Usually they are websites I am reading and open documents I am writing. I would rather open another browser than go somewhere else on the one currently open ...

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Writing to Myself

I’ve been going through boxes and files of paper recently, and came upon a collection of poems I had forgotten about. Most of them are truly awful, but only in the eyes of one who isn’t drunk on youth and love. On one particular page several verses are scrawled out ...

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Technical Difficulties

I know it doesn’t really matter at this point, but just wanted to put out that there haven’t been any posts since my “Review of Five Words” because of technical difficulties that have now been resolved. It made me think about how dependent we get sometimes. Vladimir was out of ...

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A Review of Five Words

I saw this bumper sticker on a car the other day. On my very first reading, I saw only “HATE THE ENEMY”. It was a few seconds later before I was able to see the tiny “is” and “only” that had been designed to look like they were written in ...

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Another foray into the kitchen

I came home from class one night to find Vladimir making dinner. On the stove, spaghetti boiled happily in the Pyrex casserole dish we’d gotten for our wedding. “You can’t cook with that!” I exclaimed. “But you use it in the oven.” “Sure, but not directly on a heat source. ...

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I am a Speculative Fiction Writer

When I was a teenager, I received a book for my birthday from a cousin. I must have gotten a puzzled look on my face as I looked at the cover depicting a barbarian brandishing a war hammer in space*. “Your sister said to just get something I don’t understand,” ...

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Live Healthy

I recently came across an ad in one of my health magazines. In it, we find out that 2 out of every 3 women die from diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and stroke combined. The message of the ad is to live a healthy lifestyle in order to avoid death. But ...

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Inaugural Post

After you hear an accent for a while, you forget the speaker has it. To me, there is nothing exotic about a Russian accent. I live with it every day. I married Vladimir in August of 1991. Yeltsin was standing on top of tanks yelling something about a junta while ...

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