A Dying Lake and a Dead Man

Don’t Cry, Tai Lake by Qiu Xiaolong (2012) - Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police is sent to a resort reserved for higher levels cadres in China. The compound is in a town he visited as a child and has changed as much as he has. During his stay, Inspector Chen meets a... Continue Reading →

The Textures of the World

I have been fascinated by the textures all around me for years. One of the things that appeal to me about photography is the boundary of vision. You only see a fraction of the world through the viewfinder, far less than your normal vision. As your field of sight is tightened, new details will leap... Continue Reading →

Another Obstacle In My Way

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that I am struggling to get back into reading again. That’s a sentence that I never would have thought would come out of my mouth. I have been a voracious reader my entire life. The stereotype of the kid who ordered to “Get your nose out of that book and go outside!”... Continue Reading →

The Unwelcome Voice

So, if I start telling you about a small "voice inside my head", you won't freak out, will you? Because, while it's a problem, it's not THAT kind of problem. I promise. I call this voice "The Critic". Some of you are nodding your heads now. You know this nasty little swine, don't you? I... Continue Reading →

Our Other Lives

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (2020) - In the Midnight Library, you will find all the books of all the other lives you might have lived. And then go live them. Nora Seed arrives there, in this place between Life and Death, and sees the chance to change the misery and disappointment of her... Continue Reading →

Learning New Skills

One of the "discoveries" on my journey into watercolor painting is that I have no background in drawing. I am an inveterate doodler, but my preferred style there are geometric shapes. Flat squares, triangles, and -gons of various descriptions. Most of which is no help when I'm trying to paint leaves, trees, houses, and stuff.... Continue Reading →

The Question of Creativity

Let’s talk about creativity. Whatever that is! I wanted to create (there’s that word again) a blog that talked about creativity and that might offer a little encouragement for those of us trying to do it. Not in one form, but in the larger sense. Just as I believe that all human communication is storytelling,... Continue Reading →

The Multiverse May Kill You

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson (2020) - Earth Zero has discovered how to traverse between worlds. Cara is valued as a traverser because her doppelgangers are dead on most of the worlds known. If you arrive in a world where the other you is still alive, your death will be kind of quick... Continue Reading →

Managing Expectations

Managing Expectations A new year and with it a tradition of New Year’s Resolutions(NYR)! Let’s talk about my history with NYR. Like most people, my list of failed, foiled, and forgotten resolutions is longer than the list of resolutions completed. Part of this is my boundless optimism and expectation. In 2017, my NYR ran to... Continue Reading →

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