Friday Review: How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman

4 of 5 stars This is a short story that first appeared in the collection Fragile Things. It tells the story of two teenaged boys who are heading out to a party to meet girls. Not an unusual thing for teenaged boys to do, in any culture. Vic is the cool guy- he can chat up … Continue reading Friday Review: How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman

Wednesday Wanderings: Chili, Animals Have Conscious Awareness, and Funny Signs

Have you wondered about this "chili cook off" stuff I occasionally talk about? Yeah, I know- not really. But, just in case you have, here is the site for the organization we cook under: http://www.chilicookoff.com And for our website, which is a bit out of date, but has pictures and recipes and other stuff: http://www.chilicats.comContinue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Chili, Animals Have Conscious Awareness, and Funny Signs

Monday Musings: Remember the Maine

The two day Maine back to back chili cook offs, that is. We served as Chief Judge and Scorekeeper for Saturday and Sunday's events. They are held in Wells, ME, which is a lovely town on the ocean. There were high points, and some very low ones, and I have to admit to not necessarily … Continue reading Monday Musings: Remember the Maine

Friday Review: Missing in Action

Yeah, no review again today. Sorry for that. I've been up to my ears in figuring out the formatting and other stuff for the short story collection, and we are also away this weekend. I haven't been reading. At all. That has to change. Because I like reading. So I truly hope to get back … Continue reading Friday Review: Missing in Action

Wednesday Wanderings: 12 Old/New Words, New (Cute) Mammal Discovered, Book Lovers Will Understand, Rogue Planets, and That Fresh After Rain Smell

Here are twelve words that just might be older than you realize. Just one more example of what goes around, comes around: http://mentalfloss.com/article/51150/12-old-words-survived-getting-fossilized-idioms A new mammal species was discovered recently. Oddly enough, there was one in a zoo for a long time, but zoologists thought it was one of a different (known) species. The article … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: 12 Old/New Words, New (Cute) Mammal Discovered, Book Lovers Will Understand, Rogue Planets, and That Fresh After Rain Smell

Monday Musings: Baby Shower, Getting Away, and Taking the Plunge

Today's post is getting out here a bit later than usual, but we were out most of the day yesterday. I know- I could have written it earlier, but I didn't. Better late than never, right? 🙂 Where were we? Well, our youngest daughter is pregnant for the second time. She and her husband have … Continue reading Monday Musings: Baby Shower, Getting Away, and Taking the Plunge

Wednesday Wanderings: Google Maps Geeky Easter Egg, Island with Ancient Plant Life, and 50 Things You Should Know

Ah, Google maps! You have warmed the cockles of my geeky little heart (and all Dr. Who fans) with this one! Go to this link, hover on the little yellow pegman until you get switched to street view, and click on the double arrows in front of the police box: http://bit.ly/1cxYga2 How cool is that?? … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Google Maps Geeky Easter Egg, Island with Ancient Plant Life, and 50 Things You Should Know

Monday Musings: Am I Really Alone?

No, this is not about ETs or the search for interstellar intelligence. It was inspired, and is my answer to, a recent blog post by John Anealio. The post is here: http://scifisongs.blogspot.com/ He asks if the creators out there are more comfortable, or think they can do their best work, alone or with others? It's … Continue reading Monday Musings: Am I Really Alone?

Friday Review: All the Windwracked Stars (Edda of Burdens #1) by Elizabeth Bear

My rating: 3 of 5 stars The story begins with Ragnorak, the epic battle between the forces of Light and Dark. Both sides have fallen, all are dead, except one lone waelcyrge and a single, mortally wounded valraven. Muire survived because she ran away where her sisters fought, and she asks one last miracle for … Continue reading Friday Review: All the Windwracked Stars (Edda of Burdens #1) by Elizabeth Bear

Wednesday Wanderings: Dominoes Falling, 16 New-Old Words, Freaky Eyes, and Dogs are Good for You

If you like dominoes, and the intricate displays that can be made with the little blocks, then this is for you. Setting up and knocking down some pretty awesome stuff: http://yhoo.it/1eqsaIO Here are sixteen words that you may not realize are as old as they really are: http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/51857/16-words-are-much-older-they-seem In the "Freaky Things People Photograph", here … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Dominoes Falling, 16 New-Old Words, Freaky Eyes, and Dogs are Good for You