Category Archives: Blog

The Suitcases

They sent her overseas to save her life. A small-boned young woman just beginning her twenties, hair fashionably short in the American style swinging against her strong jaw, her black eyes proud and watchful, ranging over the seething common crowd of Chinese at the dock. She moved, flanked by the black and white of two … Continue reading →

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Interview Dinners

Our geology department has faculty job candidates coming through and to hold down costs, candidates will not be put up in hotels but in faculty guest accommodations. The advantages? Casual discussions over coffee in the morning and with that a far better sense of what living and working here is like. As I used to … Continue reading →

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What the choices are…

Warning– this is a post that includes cleaning, garbage, purity, diapers and a rant. It’s not about our trip to Ramsey Canyon in Arizona and what we saw there… I will get to that after the clean up. We hosted our Earth Sciences Department party yesterday and about seventy people attended. We prepared and cooked … Continue reading →

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The Sequel to All for Pie

Time has passed and we¬†are harvesting the concord grapes. My little rat proofs have worked. If you try it, I have a couple of observations. One, simply having these strange objects in the vines will decrease rat activity. It won’t stop the little brats, but there will be less damage. Two, a trick I learned … Continue reading →

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Rats!

  I am done with these rats. Traps do not suffice, poison feels unethical and gives a horrible death, the tricks of radios and deterrents are fantasies. Plus, I refuse to have an outdoors cat because of traffic, coyotes, parasites, and the mass slaughter of birds and my delightful lizards. But these rats are eating … Continue reading →

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Portrait

I’m posting this one because I came across it in the pursuit of something quite different in my files. However, it illustrates what I think portraits should do– depict body language more than features, and give a sense of context. Here are three people I know well, exploring the land and the plants they love. … Continue reading →

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Chapter Twenty Seven: Upon a Field

  We assembled before the dawn was more than a suggestion, and ate our cold breakfast with slow care. As color entered the world, sunlight touching the golden leaves of the woodland, we checked our swords and other weapons, pulled on our chill helmets and settled the straps snugly. Berann muttered to herself her regret … Continue reading →

Posted in: A Stranger's Blood, Blog, free novel, writing

Chapter Twenty-Six: A Ghost Walks

  I took Kassh from startled horrified handlers at the stables in the late morning, and rode with Mell and my people to the great assembly that King Matthew had ordered. We talked little, so I felt keenly the disturbance my presence made in the streets of the City. A ghost upon her favored steed. … Continue reading →

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Chapter Twenty Five: Gathering to Violence

  This time we fell onto the floor, for Thane Gehir had run with enough energy to lose his footing. I came fast to my feet, my heart bounding to see that familiar room around me. “You have returned,” Prince Evandir said with plain relief, stepping in through the doorway. He bit his lip, staring … Continue reading →

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Chapter Twenty-Four: From Another Angle

A bearded man stood staring at the three of us in a room too bright, so black and white it hurt my eyes. As I blinked back at him, shaking, I felt his eyes lingered hungry on my face, yet in a manner charged with eagerness. I did not know him. He was clad in … Continue reading →

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