Category Archives: Words and how we use them

Post 1 of 2: A Real Reader’s Bill Of Rights

I’ve got the best job in the world; I get paid to talk about books and maps and history and philosophy and yes, even grammar and punctuation. Now, lest you write me off as one of those jerks who claim … Continue reading

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Sea Sprite

  She’s running – leaping really – across the wet sand – sand so saturated that its surface shimmers like glass and stretches down the shoreline like an antique window pane,  wavy and inconstant, but beautiful nonetheless. She is skimming … Continue reading

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

I was honored to be a part of my friend C.L.’s 50th birthday celebration this weekend.  I wanted to present her with something special to commemorate this milestone birthday, something that would express my admiration for her thoughtful mind and her love … Continue reading

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Good Girl Goes Bad

I did something naughty today.   To be honest, I am more than a little surprised at my brazenness.  I did it in the full morning sun… at 9 am… on a Tuesday, of all things.   Before I make my full … Continue reading

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The Syntax of Starbucks

For years after moving to the Pacific Northwest I avoided Starbucks, and not for any altruistic anti-big corporation reasons either; no, what kept me away for so long was a strong aversion to the humiliation of being unable to order … Continue reading

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