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Updates on Projects

The warehouse is cleared, pallets removed, boxes shifted. I’m almost ready for a shipment of books to arrive next week. I just need to shift a few more things and sweep the newly available space.

I’ve been working hard on Planet Mercenary. Much of what I’ve been doing is organizational. I took on half of […]

Merry Christmas

Church Breakfast Stockings Family Laughing Wrapping paper That one weird present everyone boggles over The present which is exactly what a person was hoping for The present that was handmade and tailored to the recipient The gift that doesn’t work out of the box and will need to be exchanged The note card which […]

The Evolution of Imaginative Play

My first exposure to Role Playing Games was laying on the floor underneath the table while my three older siblings hunched over Advanced D&D books, rolling dice to kill masses of Gnolls. I was six. When they started up a new campaign, I begged to play. They reluctantly allowed me to. So for me Role […]

Working in the Warehouse

The shipment is expected the first week of January. Two pallets, one thousand pounds. It is a small shipment by our usual standards, but the warehouse space wasn’t organized to receive it. I still had four pallets of Force Multiplication sitting in the middle of the floor. They needed to be combined into two pallets […]

On the Writing I Haven’t Been Doing

“And how is your writing coming?” my friend asked after we’d spent half an hour talking about various business things having to do with the publishing industry and Schlock Mercenary. I had to answer “not doing much lately.”

My neighbor came to my door with chocolates. “My mother said that I should give these to […]

A List of Medical Specialties My Family has Needed over the Years

This list could also be called, Reasons I am Glad to Live in a World of Modern Medicine. Pediatrician Family practice doctor Obstetrician Gynecologist ENT Many nurses and PAs ENT surgeon Radiation Oncologist Cardiologist Cardiac care nurse Pediatric urologist Gastroenterologist Ultrasound technician X-ray technician MRI technician CAT scan technician Phlebotomist Pediatric surgeon Pediatric neurologist EEG […]

Notes from a Class on Building Good Digital Habits

The class was billed as being about digital addictions, but it turned out to be far more generally useful and less alarmist than the description made me fear. It was taught by Dr. Ryan Anderson, who wrote a book on the topic Navigating the Cyberscape: Evaluating and Improving our Relationship with Smartphones, Social Media, Video […]

Stories and Reading Aloud

The house is quiet and feels calm in this hour before everyone goes to sleep. Bedtime used to be the most energy intensive part of my day as I attempted to convince small children that they should lay still long enough for sleep to arrive. I spent years laying down with kids, sitting in the […]

A Week in Three Photos

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas? Well, not exactly. But that spot where the ladder is will be where the Christmas tree goes. That’s the plan anyway. I need to get the last of the sheetrock removed. There used to be a closet where the ladder currently stands. This is step one […]