Monthly Archives: January 2017

Short Story February gets underway

Here we go February 1st is the start of Short Story February, during which I’ll be reading pretty much exclusively short stories. Starting next Monday, and continuing through the end of the month, I’ll be reporting on my short story reading, and … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Earley, Camilleri, Child

I finally finished Ten Years Beyond Baker Street, by Cay Van Ash. I’d had it on the shelf, intending to read it for more than a decade, perhaps even two, and now that I’ve read it, I have to say I’m … Continue reading

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February: Short Month, Short Stories!

Short Story February Last year I tried focusing on short stories during the month of February, and I read a lot of stories. I picked a dozen collections and anthologies and cycled from one to the other throughout the month. I … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Appelt, Van Ash, Child

Just past the halfway point in Ten Years Beyond Baker Street, by Cay Van Ash, I decided to take a break to read a book that came in from the library, The Underneath by Kathi Appelt.  I’m at the point these days where I … Continue reading

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Forgotten Book: All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

this is the 252nd in my series of forgotten or seldom read books  All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren, 1946 , Harcourt, Brace & Company political fiction  All the King’s Men portrays the dramatic political rise and governorship of Willie Stark, … Continue reading

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Oregon Scientific Wireless Weather Station

I don’t know about you, but for us, knowing the temperature outside is important. When we first moved to Portland, we went to the Oregon Scientific store and bought one of these, and we consult it at least a couple … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Cay Van Ash, Catriona McPherson

Last time I had just begun, and now I’m just over a third of the way through, the over 400 page Ten Years Beyond Baker Street, by Cay Van Ash. It’s a book I’ve been intending to read for more than a decade, … Continue reading

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Still Snowed In

It snowed Tuesday. This is Saturday. It’s been just above freezing for a few hours on Thursday afternoon and the last couple of hours, just enough to melt and freeze into crunch layers and icy patches. Here’s our house and … Continue reading

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Big Snow

Thirteen inches of snow in a 24 hour period breaks a record set 37 years ago. I was awake in the night and looked out to the classic “winter wonderland” scene, everything covered with white. We’ll be locked on our … Continue reading

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Yum!

What to do when the weather keeps you at home? Spend some time in the kitchen making something delicious. For Christmas I bought Barbara Cooking for Jeffrey, a cookbook by Ina Garten, one of our favorite cooks. Well, it’s really for … Continue reading

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