A Pudding By Any Other Name

Fiddling out the threads of your own ethnicity is a challenge when your historical roots generally prefer to keep themselves to themselves. In my experience, it’s not that smart to go looking for German ethnic clubs and it’s not that...

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Used Pianos and Different Tastes

A friend of mine got a message from an out of state relative saying there was a piano free to a good home. The owner of the piano lives in the same city as my friend. Things worked out and...

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Get That Nature Out of My Yard!

It’s safe to say I’m an animal person. Eight laying hens, a spoiled tortoise, and a little mutt dog live in my backyard. A betta fish lives in a luxury condo fish tank on my dresser. At 3:30 AM, however, I...

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The Devil to Pay in a Book About Trees

This month, a book about trees took me to the high seas and the origin of a couple of phrases I’ve heard and, honestly, never wondered about until I was offered explanations. If you’re coming up short on a job,...

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Yes, I’d like a chicken calendar and some history on the side

We’re a long way off from when most people buy calendars, going by the time this will be published, so this may seem an odd topic. I tried writing timely posts and it only works part of the time. I...

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Woodcarving – Trying something new but with knives

This year, on my birthday, I tagged along with my dad to a carving show held in our city convention center. Craft shows tend to have a particular layout, and if they don’t have a common design, they at least...

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The Magic of Miniatures

This is just the briefest of looks at an artistic approach going back millennia, straight back to the oldest surviving works by early man. Miniatures. Defined in umbrella terms, this is art that is made captivatingly small, capturing the essence of...

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Exploring the Biodome Trope… since we really built one.

Alright sci-fi fans… I hate to burst bubbles here. We’re a long way from self-sustaining bases in space, and especially far from them on other planets. Thankfully we have fiction! In our little fun worlds, we can accept that...

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Inspiration Station – Tour a Town

By way of inspiration, you really don’t have too far to look. It’s unnerving (at least to me) to think the only real things that have happened are in the past. Guess I live in fiction a lot. It’s weird...

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The Language of Trees

Last year, an author giving a talk described how difficult it was to describe the communication of a tree in her fantasy short story. She wanted it audible, but not exactly articulate. She’d finally settled on “singing” analogies, using...

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