Best Books of 2020: Old Favorites

Happy New Year! I mentioned a few days ago that I completed my 2020 Reading Challenge on the Goodreads website. I’d set my goal at 130 books read during the year, and I reached that goal, with just a few days left in the year. I may still finish another book today, so the numberContinue reading “Best Books of 2020: Old Favorites”

Blog Like Crazy: Wrapping Up the Month

The Blog Like Crazy challenge ends tonight. For the month of November, participants vowed to post a blog entry of at least 300 words each day. I did manage to post every day. In fact, most days I posted more than one entry, if you count my writer birthday lists. And many of my entriesContinue reading “Blog Like Crazy: Wrapping Up the Month”

Journaling 2: These Dreams

A couple days ago I pulled out an old journal I kept, back in November and December 1998, and I posted on this blog about the entries I found there. One surprise for me was just how often I recounted my dreams in the journal. I’ve always been someone who has strange and vivid dreams.Continue reading “Journaling 2: These Dreams”

Happy Birthday, Blog!

One year ago today, my blog debuted on this platform. I’d been writing a blog for years, but it was on a different site, and the host company had become increasingly difficult to work with, so it was time for a change. Here’s a link to my very first entry on this site. So, whatContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Blog!”

Drinking with Robert Duvall

It was my senior year of college, and I turned 21 in December, the day before I left school to see my family for winter break. I was at the University of Virginia, and my parents lived in California, so I didn’t visit often. In fact, it was the first time I’d seen them sinceContinue reading “Drinking with Robert Duvall”

There and Back Again: College Edition

In a dorm room on a hill, there lived a student. Not a nasty, dirty, wet dorm room, filled with empty beer cans and an oozy dirty-laundry smell, nor yet a lovely, well-decorated, sparkling clean dorm room with nothing in it to sit down on and no chocolate to eat; it was my son’s dormContinue reading “There and Back Again: College Edition”

On Escaping to the Country

Lately I’ve been getting into the BBC series Escape to the Country. Have you seen it? The host introduces a couple who are living in or near a city but now want to move to the British countryside. The family has a county or area in mind, and describes the kind of place they’re lookingContinue reading “On Escaping to the Country”

Notes on NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo starts today! For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, which challenges participants to write a 50,000-word novel (or 50,000 words of a longer novel) during the month of November. I have been participating for years in this event and in Camp NaNoWriMo, a more flexible, informal version that takes place twice aContinue reading “Notes on NaNoWriMo”

Postcards From the World: Author’s Day

Today I want to feature a postcard I received from a Postcrosser in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The card comes from Trang, a Vietnamese immigrant to Canada who is working on her PhD. She didn’t say much about her field of study, but her research seems to be about the use of psychology in marketing. I choseContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Author’s Day”

Photo Friday: Get Out the Vote

I chose today’s photo because Election Day is this Tuesday. I voted, in person, more than a month ago. And I brought my son along. I’ve often brought him with me to the polls, but this year is different. He’s 18 now, and he voted in his first general election! (He did vote in aContinue reading “Photo Friday: Get Out the Vote”