Free Pass Giveaway

Writer’s Digest if giving away a pass for the San Francisco’s Writer Conference that is coming up NEXT WEEK: Feb 16th – 19th, 2012.  I can’t justify the cost, but free?  Hell, yeah, I’ll call in sick. Anyway, even if you wanted to go, and had the money and time to go, it is sold […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

Truckee, California is one of the coldest locations in the lower 48.  Hard to believe, seeing as I just wrote California after Truckee, but it is true.  The numbers do not lie: The top ten spots for the most number of days with the lowest temperature in the contiguous US between 1995 and 2005: Location Days of Lowest […]

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What happened to the cows?

I’ve tried to figure out my feelings towards what happened last week on the UC Davis campus. I am a UC Davis alumni. The UC Davis campus sprawls on almost 800 acres on some of the best farm land in  California.  During the five years I spent there, I learned, worked, and rode my bike […]

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My America

Over on SFFWorld.com there’s a discussion going on about US Tropes.  It’s spilled over to American culture and culture in general.  The whole thing got started by this writer who ranted against the American big-box story mill called Hollywood and how it influences all stories told throughout the world. The whole thing got me thinking about my culture.  Just what […]

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Allergic Rhinitis

Ah, in gentler times, it was called hay fever. Well, when I was a kid, that’s what we called it.  And it was treated with a hot shower and an afternoon off from mowing the grass.  (Yes!) I’ve always had hay fever, and I pretty much knew I was allergic to grasses, so when I […]

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Homeless People

I’ve meant to post about homeless people.  I see homeless people every day I ride into work. I see them at other times, too, but they are much easier to ignore when you are in a warm or air-conditioned car (depending on the season or time of day). I’m new to homeless people.  Or, rather, […]

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