Category Archives for "Life"

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The Flavors of Autumn

It was 97F when I left the office on Friday evening. Yet it’s the middle of September, so when I stopped by the store to pick up groceries, I saw that all of the autumn flavored items were in stock.  This photo shows my favorites.A cinnamon stick mini whisk broom. I love the scent of cinnamon […]

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Science and Pop Fiction

​Over this long Labor Day weekend, I’ve been listening to older episodes of StarTalk Radio hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. I particularly enjoyed the two-part Cosmic Queries – Science in Pop Fiction. Ever wonder whether it’s possible to develop stealth technology that will make us invisible like the Invisible Man? What type of solar system […]

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Rediscovering Silence

I’ve recently developed a renewed appreciation for silence. During the week, I work in an office with an open floor plan. It’s rarely quiet. Even when no one is talking, we have music playing. When I’m home, I usually play either a podcast or music. I listen to podcasts while driving. But since starting this job back […]

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My Favorite Non-Writing Podcasts

I listen to a lot of writing and publishing related podcasts, many of which are listed on my resources for writers page. But sometimes I want to listen to something different.  Here are the non-writing and non-business podcasts I listen to the most: Science Friday – My go-to podcast for when I’m driving. Sometimes the science […]

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Toe (not tow) the line

Recently, as I was reading a novel published by a well-known New York publishing house, I came across a sentence about how the heroine was not the type of person to tow the line. Um, no. The expression is to toe the line. The mistaken phrase pulled me out of the book and it took a […]

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Library Book Weeding

Last week our county library system held its annual book giveaway, where they take the books they’re weeding out of their collection and offer them to the public for free. I’m ashamed to admit that I had no idea this event existed. The only reason I found out about it this year was that I […]

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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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