Monthly Archives: August 2007


So I have this story. It’s called "Salamander, or the Summoner’s Tale." It’s about a salamander–the mythical creature of elemental Fire, not the wriggly amphibian–and the young man who conjures her into the physical world. It’s about 5000 words long. … Continue reading

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Eighties-off! Part Deux

Here it is… the long-awaited sequel to the original Eighties-Off! Your suggestions for Eighties-Off! III: Return of the Son of the Eighties-Off! are welcome as always. The Pretenders: "Brass in Pocket" or "10,000 Miles?" Wham!: "Careless Whisper" or "Everything She … Continue reading

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Schayonara, schweethearts

Duty calls! I’m leaving this afternoon for a three-day meeting in Salt Lake City, that international capital of hedonistic excitement. And I’m not… bringing… my laptop. (Heresy!) Behave yourselves while I’m gone, and do pop back in for round two … Continue reading

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Pluttification, a deadline and a meme

Today was Day 2 of the Great Homeschool Experiment–it should’ve been Day 4, but ha ha ha, I’m not really that organized or disciplined of a person. I guess there’s actually been some degree of homeschooling going on every day … Continue reading

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No, kitty, it’s a bad kitty!

This is the wee fluff-chunk that has become simultaneously the light of our lives and the bane of our existences. That’s Mean Jean Grey Thunderbird, captured during a rare moment of quiescence. Isn’t she cute? Can’t you just tell she’s … Continue reading

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Best-laid plans

Monday dawned gray and cheerless… just perfect for staying inside and embarking on our first official day of homeschool. A funny thing about my boys: they love them some workbooks. Filling in blanks. Circling words. Completing math drill sheets (well, … Continue reading

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Fisher, again

So remember how Fisher’s arm was sprained, not broken? About one o’clock today, I got a call from the urgent care clinic. They’d had an official radiologist officially review Fisher’s X-rays, and it was that radiologist’s informed opinion that the … Continue reading

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Fisher and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day(s)

A good rule for life: Never mess with a boy named Bopeep. Fisher learned this the hard way at day camp the other day. Bopeep, apparently more interested in harassing campmates than finding his sheep, sat down in Fisher’s chair … Continue reading

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Look, look; I’m a book

Which book am I? (via Imperceptibility) You’re Catch-22! by Joseph Heller Incredibly witty and funny, you have a taste for irony in all that you see. It seems that life has put you in perpetually untenable situations, and your sense … Continue reading

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Karl Rove, we hardly knew ye

…but as little as it was, it was still better than we’d have liked. So Turd Blossom is leaving the White House. Huh. I’d feel better about this news if I didn’t have a sneaking feeling he’s off to concentrate … Continue reading

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