November 30, 2014

November 27, 2014

thanksgiving 2014

Our nephew Justin hosted Thanksgiving this year. He made a really good turkey. Also, there was pie and baklava and family. 

November 26, 2014


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I planted a seedpod from this tree a month or two ago, but the squirrels will probably dig it up.

November 21, 2014

45 minutes in 24 seconds

i wish all my bus rides were this long

November 20, 2014

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three snippets, 11-20-2014

Snippet 1: Ursula K LeGuin's speech at the 65th National Book Awards.

Snippet 2:
I hate books; they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762

I can't make heads or tails of Rousseau. My first impression was that he needed a punch in the nose, but the more I read, the more I'm warming up to him. He's weird. I like that.

Snippet 3:
Dreams are the other side of life, everything has at least two sides, the moon, rocks, happiness, regret, and betrayal.
 - Jón Kalman Stefánsson, The Sorrow of Angels, 2013

That's a heck of a sentence. Go back and read it again. This is a great novel, best enjoyed by firelight. But read Stefánsson's Heaven and Hell first; Sorrow is the second in a three-part series. (Full disclosure: I'm related to the translator.)

November 16, 2014

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Damp and chilly this morning. We had our first freeze of the season Friday morning - 30 degrees; Thursday was close at 32.5.  Looks like Monday night/Tuesday morning the low will be 23. That's pretty cold for these parts. It's supposed to warm up slowly into next weekend, maybe with a little rain along the way. 

November 11, 2014

November 10, 2014

the game's afoot

This bit of flotsam fluttered from an oak into the fuzzy hair behind Pan's right ear, then tumbled away again. It whispered something, I'm sure of it.

hi finn! hi sarah!

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