Author Archives: Richard Robinson

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Enjoying life in Portland, OR

Reading: Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life

Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell, Timber Press 2019 hardcover In these stressful times, something peaceful is nice. I know this isn’t for everyone, but I enjoy gardening, and Dickinson’s poetry, so it was a natural for me. I had … Continue reading

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HVAC: before and after

They finished about 4:00 pm yesterday, and everything is working fine. Here is the before and after, which doesn’t look that different, I guess, but new is good. What may not be apparent is the Air Scrubber unit, the thing … Continue reading

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Big Day – HVAC

Big day today. HVAC people here to install new furnace and a/c. Super high-efficiency units but expensive. I’m: a) not happy about having people in the house as I’m still fully sheltering in place and don’t want anyone to bring … Continue reading

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Shelf Shots – 3

For Shelf Shots – 1, I showed stacks of books in front of other books. Now I’ll reveal what was behind those stacks (and of course my new-last-week bookends). [click on the picture to make it as big as you like] … Continue reading

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old SF Anthology: Contact

Continuing a series of posts on old science fiction anthologies inspired by an article in the Black Gate blog. Contact edited by Noel Keyes, Paperback Library, 1963 mass market paperback short story anthology The blurb: “We may no longer be alone in the … Continue reading

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Shelf Shots – 2

Just a quick one this time, mostly to show off my new bookends. I’d had the ones in the previous post for many years, and decided it was time for new ones. These tubby rabbits filled the bill. [click on the picture … Continue reading

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old SF Anthology: More Adventures On Other Planets

More Adventures On Other Planets edited by Donald A. Wollheim, Ace Books Inc. 1963 mass market paperback, science fiction anthology, six stories, 190 pages. The blurb: “Here, in this new anthology, you will find a preview of the thrills in … Continue reading

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Shelf Shots – 1

After seeing this meme, under the name the Bookshelf Traveling For Insane Times (begun, with guidelines, here) on three blogs, including Tracy at Bitter Tea and Mystery and Patti at Pattinaise, I finally decided to jump in. The photo is of the … Continue reading

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old SF Anthology: Adventures On Other Planets

John ONeill, is the Emperor Overlord & Mighty Poobah of the excellent blog Black Gate. I subscribed to and read Black Gate in print when it was published in that format, and now I read it daily in blog form on my computer. … Continue reading

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What I’m listening to… Dire Straits

Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms Warner Brothers Records, 1985 I’ve liked this band since I first heard “Sultans of Swing” on the radio way back in 1978. Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 by Mark … Continue reading

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