Monthly Archives: December 2005

Away for a few days… tell me your resolution

TweetHarold I. Anderson Jr. died this afternoon. It hurts, but he was suffering, and we know that he feels better now. He was born in 1926, fought in WWII, sold coffee and tea and chocolate, and loved his family beyond words. He was a good man and a wonderful grandfather to my daughters. He taught […]
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View from a hermit’s den

TweetWe’ve had a wonderful week of family, love, joy, food, and a new kitchen floor, laid on December 24th, because my husband is a carpenter and a bit of a nut at times. Our house is still decorated with trees and lights. The presents were lovely and our clan gathering was a blast – no […]
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pretending to be asleep

TweetSo the foot that the doc sliced open? Healing. I left the house for the first time yesterday. I can almost walk without a limp, as long as I walk slowly. But the back? Different story. When my foot was killing me last week and I was getting around the house with a crutch or […]
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About my revision process

TweetI am finally approaching the end of my WIP (work in progress). For those of you with a score card, this is Draft #7. I have never done a novel in fewer than seven drafts. I sure do wish I could, but so far the slow and tedious route seems to work for me. I […]
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Guys on the roof

TweetThere are men on the roof of our house. Men with shovels. Three stories off the ground. Why? Because there is two-and-a-half feet of snow on our roof and the temperature is going to skyrocket up into the twenties today…. and then we might get another 18 inches of snow. We need to de-snow the […]
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A note to students assigned to comment on my LJ

TweetA number of comments have been coming in today from students who were assigned to read this blog and comment on it. This is pretty cool and I appreciate it. However, some of these comments have been fairly nasty. Now, don’t get me wrong. This is a free country and you can think or write […]
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Ouch.

TweetJust plain ouch. Because I’ve had malignant melanoma, doctors enjoy cutting out funny-looking spots on my skin. I don’t have a problem with this. I like being alive. It’s a habit I would like to continue for the fifty years or so. Plus, when they cut out the spots, it usually doesn’t hurt too much. […]
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Snow = revisions

Tweet************************************************** ************************************************** ************************************************** ************************************************** ************************************************** Snow = revisions Snow = leaping dog Snow = afghan Snow = Christmas music Snow = haunting yearning window Snow = alive Snow = hearth fire Snow = mittens Snow = revisions
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Serenitember

TweetI’d like to propose a modification to the calendar. I need an extra month. We will call it Serenitember and insert it between November and December. There will be no work days in Serenitember, no school either. But this is a sacred month, devoted to the sole purpose of giving all of us the chance […]
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Flatlined

TweetA moment of silence, please. Despite BH’s frantic, last-ditch resuscitation efforts, invocations to the gods, and a couple of swift kicks to the tires, The Plow Truck has finally died. Really died this time. Dead. Dead. Dead. If we wanted to replace the engine, and then replace the frame, steering mechanism, brakes, and exhaust, well […]
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