Apropos of Nothing I:

A periodic series in which I practice irrelevancy, but hopefully not boringness (if you want that, go here), and numbering with Roman Numerals. Can you ever get enough practice at that?

Just so you know, don’t expect any sage advice, or morals to these stories (unless of course you want to provide a moral in . . . → keep reading

Wanted: New Cliches Please

It’s no secret that I love words and language. I’ve devoted more than a few blog posts to the topic, like this one, and this one, and this one.

Lately I’ve been noticing how much violence sneaks into every day conversation. Once I started paying attention, I was a little stunned at the amount of . . . → keep reading

Three and a half things I'm embarrassed to admit

1. Yesterday was the end of NaNoWriMo, and I didn’t finish my novel.

After writing nearly 33,000 words I realized the tingling and numbness in my hands and pain in my wrists that started around 20,000 words, wasn’t getting any better. I bought Speech Recognition software and I wrote another 1000 words or so, but . . . → keep reading

I'm in Wikipedia! And other random tidbits.

Tidbit #1 – I’m in Wikipedia.

And, by “in” Wikipedia I mean that I was part of the “group of climbers” that aided an injured climber in one of the listed accidents. It remains one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

Tidbit #2 – I’m writing a novel in November.

Don’t you love . . . → keep reading

Listen to this!

Today on Twitter and Facebook I mentioned that my to dos for today include:

1. Finish newsletter. There’s still time to sign up before this issue goes out.

2. Make granola. My favorite is based off of this recipe. But I’ve tweaked it a bit. Way more nuts (whole almonds, walnuts, pecans!), vanilla, cinnamon and . . . → keep reading

Ridiculously Proud of Myself

I recently had the amazing and talented Kate Harding migrate my website from Textpattern to WordPress. It was a little scary, but she was wonderful and did an amazing job. I’ve been messing around with it now for a few days, changing content, trying to understand how it all works, playing with the widgets and . . . → keep reading

Thanks for telling me!

Know who cares? The United States Postal Service. Know how I know? They told me. They told me WE CARE in big giant, bold block letters at the top of the plastic bag in which they carefully sealed the shredded remains of a piece of my mail. Which I found wadded up in the back . . . → keep reading

Is this a joke?

Okay, I just came across something called Bacon Salt. The creators claim to be on a quest to make everything taste like bacon. Now, I’m not against that, in fact it was just Sunday, after climbing Middle Sister that I was heard saying, “mmmm, everything’s better with bacon,” while stuffing a bacon, cheeseburger down my . . . → keep reading

Acts of Kindness

Yesterday I was driving home and a little grumpy because of traffic. I’m not used to being in rush-hour traffic, since my commute has entailed just walking down the hall for more than 10 years. I found myself doing the typical stuff, trying to get through lights, staying right on the tail of the guy . . . → keep reading

Road Trip!

The snow is beautiful but makes for treacherous driving.

I love road trips. I just arrived home from the last one of 2007. We traveled around Northern California and the Southern Oregon coast. We saw sun and surf, mountains and snow, city and country, familiar and new. It was a great trip!

It . . . → keep reading