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Thoughts on Reading: Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang’s work is so unlike any fiction I read, or at least have read in recent years, that I feel I’m out of my league, and yet totally involved–the science is made understandable, believable, and positive.  I feel hopeful … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Voice and Style

When I think of an author’s voice, I think of far more than just the style of a particular story or even of a group of writings. I think of the philosophy conveyed by that voice, maybe from one piece … Continue reading

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Dastard: a Word to the Wise

I’ve been rereading Faulkner’s The Hamlet, looking for a particular passage I recall that might be a false memory. It’s a scene in which Flem Snopes, a great villainous character, is given a moment of sympathy, and I want to … Continue reading

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Friendship with Trees

Last winter was particularly hard on this plum tree and the skeleton frame has had me worried.  But I see that she is back to her best, plums coming along everywhere.  Maybe she will leaf out and be as lovely … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter Near My Hometown

I’m proud of these protesters near my hometown for acting on their convictions and wearing masks, too. Bless them. The article is by Ben Matthews, with the Southeast Missourian.  

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Judging Fiction Contests

I have fallen in love with someone’s style or goal and wanted to introduce that writer to the world. Usually it’s not one writer, but many, for a different skill or thought. These writers stay with me. I remember certain story lines or characters for years. Continue reading

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Bird Bouquet

On a recent spring-like day, I went into the back yard and was stunned by a change in our hackberry tree.  It was like a bouquet of birds in the wind.  They lit on branches singly and in clusters and … Continue reading

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Grasshopper Doings on Grover Street

When I parked in our driveway yesterday, a huge grasshopper lighted on the car hood, then hopped-flew to the top façade of the garage door. If there was a spider web there, I couldn’t see it, and it had to … Continue reading

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Stone, Cold, Sober, Thought

A friend, very bright and keen about language rules, recently advised me that “stone” is a noun and can’t be an adjective.  The reason: there’s no comparative form, such as stoner, stonest, more stone, most stone.  The proper designation for … Continue reading

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That Turtle Dove

Turtle doves are in the neighborhood for the fourth year in a row.  One is huge and slow, the other dainty and somewhat quicker.  Sometimes they’re side by side on the power line and sometimes stepping around on the parking … Continue reading

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