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Why I Cook (and photograph)(and write)

My foundational reason for cooking is simple. Way back when, Grandma did the cooking in the house, I occasionally made hamburgers or chili. I didn’t like to grill all that much, even. Back then in our lives as relatively young(!) parents, we were both working full-time jobs, our kids were going to school and pretending […]

2-12-07 – Welcome!

I’m used to seeing new registrants trickle into the blog, and by “trickle,” I mean pretty close to a drought-level flow. I don’t advertise this blog. I don’t post on it regularly enough. Heck, sometimes I forget I have it. It’s not like I’m out there, beckoning in the madding crowd. That trickle of registrants, […]

Why I write

(and wish I could do it full-time) It flows for me. Besides this blog, which I’ve been shamefully neglectful of, at the hobbyist-style stage of novel writing, I’m pumping out the tales and not worried about deadlines. I rarely have “writer’s block.” Sometimes I don’t know where a story’s going when I start it, but […]

The Day’s Passing

The time has come. The decision was finally resolved the night before. Much sorrow, many tears. The day dawned sad. We helped the old girl down the stairs to go outside, gave her a treat when she came in, then took her back up to give her a bath to make her pretty and shiny […]

The Latest (10/25/16) News on the Healthcare Front

When it comes to healthcare in the United States, the free market fails us because pricing goes out of control and competition among providers is artificially reduced. Regulation fails us because it doesn’t address the real problems, and any real proposed solutions are thwarted by lobbyists and partisan squabbling. Our healthcare was a failure before […]

Life and Death

A little bit of a political post, because it’s being decided in the political realm. It’s more of a philosophical pondering (hence its placement in Ponder-able). If you don’t live in Colorado, politically it doesn’t matter to you. On the other hand, if you live in Oregon, you’ve had it around for almost two decades […]

Purple Hearts and a Little Politics

Just this last weekend, I was talking to a gentleman. I won’t say who or where he was, because I don’t know if he’d approve of tossing his name or establishment into this posting. He was talking about his past life and mentioned that he was in Vietnam. I asked, “What branch?” He said, “I […]

Showering, the Gift

I was with some of my writers group. Well, it’s not “my” writers group, but they’ve accepted me, so I can claim them. It’s a very cool writers group. I was in another writers group in the ’90s, and not to say too much negative about that one, but it was the kind of group […]

The Clash of Art and Mark(et)

The Clash of Art and Mark(et)

You probably don’t know this, because why would you? But I’m trying to get a book sold to an agent. Besides the two novellas and collection of short stories listed on the home page here, I’ve written two novels and am 90-plus percent done with a third. One novel is a Serious Novel. It has […]

Medical test. This won’t hurt.

My healthcare rant. This isn’t a criticism of the Affordable Care Act specifically. It’s about the status quo, which hasn’t really changed, at least for us, for about 20 years. Or more. I hadn’t gone to the doctor because I’m feeling fine. But they called. It’s been a while, and I did have a heart […]