A Raisin Chronicles First: Asparagus Soup Recipe

Posted May 31 2009

There are two things you should know about me:1) I seldom cook2) I hate seeing food go to wasteThe two were bound to collide eventually. On Memorial Day, I discovered some asparagus in the crisper drawer. There was too much to simply steam and serve and it didn’t look like it would make it to […]

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A Bit of the Old In and Out

Posted May 30 2009 in

Well, that brought you here in a hurry, didn’t it? The purpose of this post is to apologize to everyone whom I haven’t been getting around to see much lately, and to let you know that I will probably be popping in and out over the summer. My plan is to visit a given blog […]

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Fiction Friday – Last Week’s Winner and Prompt V

Posted May 29 2009 in

First, I want to take a minute to pimp my own short story, Tangles, which I posted last week. I’ve gotten some great feedback, but I would love more input. In particular, I’m interested in the answer to this question: Why does Melissa refuse to take the shampoo? Several people have said, “Guilt,” and while […]

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Of Neighbors and Fences

Posted May 27 2009

You already know that I have a fix-it drive, so it won’t surprise you to hear that it also appears at home. This is what the view from the back door looked like when we bought our house eight and a half years ago: In 2006, we tore down the old garage and put up […]

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War Stories

Posted May 25 2009 in

In honor of Memorial Day, I thought I’d share a couple of stories that my dad, who served during WWII in Afghanistan and Burma, used to tell. Dad was the best cook at our house, a skill he learned in the Army. During the war, food sometimes got so scarce, he said, that even C-rations […]

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Fiction Friday — A Winner and Prompt IV

Posted May 22 2009 in

And now, the moment you’ve all (okay, the 8 of you who submitted entries) been waiting for: the winner of this week’s Raisin Chronicles Flash Fiction Competition is: Jeff If he lived to be a hundred, he would never forget late May in the park. The solid feel of the earth under him, the warmth […]

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Tangles

Posted May 21 2009 in

This is a short story I wrote a couple of years back. For anyone who can find the time, please read and comment (and don’t feel like you have to say nice things — I’m more interested in knowing how I can improve my work than in being patted on the head). Also, after you’ve […]

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The Yoke’s On Us

Posted May 18 2009

Old Dog and I do not work well together. Although our socio-economic backgrounds are similar (Appalachian/working class), our working backgrounds are very different. I’ve been in computers most of my life, most recently as a manager; he’s a union electrician in a factory. Sometimes, if a task requires we both participate, we can pull together […]

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Fiction Friday – Prompt III

Posted May 15 2009 in

Before I provide this weekend’s prompt, I want to talk a little about the concept of story. A description, a conversation, a set of random observations, while they may be interesting, even fascinating, do not automatically qualify as a story. In the world of fiction, to meet the definition of story, the protagonist must change […]

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Just Call Me Ms. Fix-It! (But What If It IS Broken, Part 2)

Posted May 13 2009

The above is a Process Flow Diagram (aka SwimLanes) for the check-in process at the clinic. (See this post for a description of the challenges we face.) I built this in Excel because the money we’d spend for a tool like Visio will buy 8 bottles of insulin. And it’s okay, because Excel actually worked […]

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