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The Creepy Crawly Earring

One evening not too long ago, I turned my head and noticed an irregular shadow underneath my chest of drawers. I could tell from the shape that it wasn’t a spider. But I had no idea what kind of insect would have that sort of wiggly, oval shape. Some kind of beetle? I prepared to get […]

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Independence Day Musings

Tomorrow, July 4th, is Independence Day here in the United States. For the past several years, National Public Radio has had their hosts take turns reading out loud lines from the Declaration of Independence. Hearing this always brings home to me the meaning of the holiday, despite it sometimes being lost underneath barbecues and fireworks. This year, […]

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How Many Spiders?

Question: How many baby spiders does a momma spider have? Answer: Waaay too many! Yeah, tonight’s drama involved lots of baby spiders emerging from behind the splashboard of my kitchen sink. I found them crawling in the sink, on the counter, and on the windowsill. The momma was on the ceiling. Let’s just say that this is another […]

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Diving Universe Kickstarter

I love the Diving Universe novels by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. They’re science fiction, but heavier on the adventure than on hardcore science. So they could probably also be classified as space opera. At the core, the books are about a woman who “dives” space wrecks much as scuba divers here on Earth might dive the wrecks […]

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A Bookstore!

I’m so excited that a new Barnes & Noble bookstore is opening up across from my office tomorrow! I’ve been saving the gift card I got at Christmas for this moment and I know exactly what book I’m going to buy. We haven’t had any bookstores that primarily sell new books in this area since Barnes […]

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Creative Cursing

If you’ve read Book 2 in the SSU series, Betrayal, you probably remember that Susana used some unusual curses when she lost her temper. Having a character use curses that could be said in front of young children was triggered by me trying not to swear in front of my nieces. My curses, such as “Son […]

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I’m Cerebrating!

​Cerebrating. That’s a pretty fancy sounding word, isn’t it? Since it’s similar to cerebrum, you’ve probably guessed that it means to think. I didn’t even know this word existed until a few weeks ago when it appeared as the Word of the Day on my Merriam-Webster app. But I loved the sound of it. I sure wish […]

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Long Live the Lemonade Stand!

Last weekend I went for a walk on a nearby paved trail. When I arrived at the start of the trail, I was surprised to see that a boy had set up a table and was selling both lemonade and fresh eggs. His mother sat on a nearby bench. He’d set up his stand across the […]

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Remembering Notre Dame

I was saddened to wake up this morning and hear that Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France had been gutted by a fire. The French people interviewed in the news story all referred to the cathedral as “she” and that fits my memories. She was a stately, reassuring presence. As with many buildings built long ago, […]

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Accidentally International

We like to have music playing in the background at my office. However, with five people sharing one room, it can sometimes be difficult to find music that doesn’t annoy one of us or that we haven’t heard repeatedly over the week. Last week, one of my colleagues told Alexa to play an easy listening radio […]

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