Home and New Year

I’m back up and running. Well, jogging along. I suppose. Travel takes it out of me, and this trip was a great visit, but I got home exhausted. After falling asleep yesterday afternoon and sleeping for twelve hours straight, I feel human again today. Which is good, because I have a ton of stuff that… Read More Home and New Year

Odd Prompts

Odd Prompts: Snip

This isn’t anything just yet. Maybe later it will become more.  *** “Who did this?” He gently picked up one of the tiny birds.  “I have no idea. I haven’t seen anyone down there.”  He put it back in her hand and looked around. The world was washed clean of the summer’s dust by the… Read More Odd Prompts: Snip

Odd Prompts

Odd prompts: Adrift

The ship was not still, but at least it was no longer under power. The relentless drive had been silenced, and the marines hung silently in the cargo bay, bunched up with attention pointed outward. Not weapons, with no signs of life or movement, just aware of their surroundings. The comms woke up.  “Engine is… Read More Odd prompts: Adrift

Books, Cooking

Christmas Books

For Christmas this year, I got a little gift certificate from work, to spend at Amazon. What did I want? Well, books! I wrote about this a week or so ago, how my initial foray into selecting a few fun reads was stymied by the state of anthropology these days. I weep for it… but… Read More Christmas Books


Christmas Day

I may not have a tree in the house today, but there are presents wrapped by the fireplace. While all of us are in some degree sick (the First Reader is slowly recovering, I seem to have a mild case, and the Boy was awake coughing but is sleeping in now) we don’t have anywhere… Read More Christmas Day


The Mincemeat Matrix

I grew up with mincemeat. Mom made these mincemeat cookies that were amazingly delicious, but it was usually mincemeat from the jar, once a year. Great-Grandma Ella made her own mincemeat, usually using elk as the meat in it. I didn’t get G’Grandma’s recipe, sadly, but what I did inherit was her Oregon State Grange… Read More The Mincemeat Matrix


Ask Questions

I find myself a little frustrated and annoyed today. I had been given a Christmas giftcard by my boss, for Amazon. My immediate thought was ‘I’ll buy a book!’ because it would enable me to spend a bit more on a book than I’d ordinarily spend on myself. These days, when I buy paper books,… Read More Ask Questions

Cooking, Recipe

Baked Beans

I smoked a brisket for the group dinner, something I don’t do often, and as I like to do when I do manage this sort of thing, I made a pan of baked beans to soak up the yummy drippings. You could, certainly, make up these beans without the smoker involved. Most of the cooking… Read More Baked Beans

Books, Review

A Trio of Reviews

This was a good week for reviews!  Jim McCoy gave Fantasy Treehouse Art & Architecture 5 out of 5 Swamp Chickens (a joke that will make more sense if you’ve read the book). I was tickled he wanted to review the art book, it’s out of his usual zone. If you enjoy fantasy and science… Read More A Trio of Reviews

Art, science fiction


I’ve got a headache, so I’m sharing a few rockets with you. What’s your favorite? All images rendered using MidJourney. Prompt was rocketship landing on busy spaceport, alien planet, ringed planet visible in sky, twin moons –chaos 100 –ar 2:3 –v 4

Ok here's what were gonna do


Part of the difficulty in a long-running blog… ok, there are a lot of difficulties. Those of you who’ve been around for a while know the last couple of years I’ve been erratic at best with posting. This coming year looks to be much more, shall we say, predictable? I can’t, actually, predict a calm… Read More Monday!