Surprised and Delighted

I know I said my next post would be about Fahrenheit 451, but I got some exciting news last night that I had to share. Cthulhu Invictus has been nominated for a 2010 Golden Geek Award for Best RPG Supplement! If you can’t tell, I’m thrilled. 😀 And I’ll be … Continue reading

Banned Books Week Recap: A Farewell to Arms

Last week was Banned Books Week, so Chad and I headed to the library to look for something to read that at one point had been challenged or banned in the US. I was a little disappointed that the Winston-Salem Central Library didn’t have a display or any programs for … Continue reading

Would the One-Eyed Man Really be King?

I love the imagery and imagination in Tom Waits’ “Singapore”. But there’s one line that pulls me up short every time I hear it: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Continue reading

The Worshipful Order of Horologists

Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook might recall me talking about a project I called “WOH” last year. And now it’s out. The Worshipful Order of Horologists is… Continue reading

Staying on the Horse Works Much Better

The first time I rode a horse, I was about five years old. I was briefly on the horse, then briefly flying through the air, then waking up in my Aunt Mary’s living room with everyone around me looking very worried and debating whether they should take me to the hospital… Continue reading

On Yard Work and Baby Bunnies

There’s something so welcoming about sitting on your porch reading a book while your neighbors mow the lawn, or weed the flowerbeds, or clean the garage. It’s a friendly kind of neighborhood, one that’s comforting in its quiet diligence.

I sat on the steps and read until… Continue reading

On Needing to Always Carry My Keys

Every day after lunch, Chad and I take a leisurely stroll down our very long driveway to check the mail. It’s a nice break in the middle of the day, a chance to get outside for two people who work from home and could go from the time they wake up until the end of the working day without ever seeing the sun. Continue reading

Liquid Graphite Zen Code

Just a quick housekeeping post to let folks know that I’ve added my Twitter feed and journal updates to the main page of my website. You can subscribe to the journal updates there through either RSS (powered by Feedburner) or email. If you run into any problems with the feed … Continue reading

A Profusion of Tiny Leaves

I’ve been fascinated by bonsai trees for over twenty years. I started out buying pre-made bonsais from places like Sam’s Club or Target. Invariably, they all died. After reading a few bonsai books, I understood why and decided to follow the advice of those same books — grow and train my own. I placed seeds in the freezer for a few weeks, like the books said, then planted them in pots at the precise depth the books said — and watched them fail to sprout. I bought junipers, box elders, and other evergreen shrubs from places like Lowes and Home Depot, carefully transferred them to bonsai pots, trimmed them, watered them, did everything the books told me to do. And, invariably, they all died. Continue reading

The Addictive Nature of Birdwatching

I’m not a bird person. It’s not that I don’t like birds. It’s just that I’ve never been very interested in them, beyond pointing out hawks sitting on poles by the highway, or looking for owls in the trees by my old house, or being entranced as a massive flock of unspecified birds wheels left and right, up and down in perfect choreography (which is, if you’ve never seen it, amazingly cool to watch). Continue reading