A New Raisin Chronicles Feature: Is This Mean?

Posted Jul 24 2010 in

At dinner the other night, my friend, Teri, said, “By the way…. “By the way…” by the way, is how Old Dog introduces the topic of any mistake I may have made in the past 24 hours. Examples: “By the way, you forgot to lock the back door when you went to work this morning” […]

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Lost in Translation: 葡萄乾編年史*

Posted Jul 19 2010

While few Americans speak a foreign language, people from other countries do, and often that language is English. And one of the things these polyglots enjoy doing with their English skills (apparently) is reading blogs. Unfortunately, either through shyness, or because English is easier to read than to write, they leave their comments in their […]

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Fiction Friday: I Write Like….

Posted Jul 17 2010

Stephanie Meyer. That’s what it said: Stephanie Meyer. If you have zero idea what I’m talking about, check out the NPR story here. To find out who you write like, submit a writing sample here. Update: I just submitted another sample (the Gladwell post below) and now it says Ray Bradbury. This may sound strange, […]

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Glad(well) You Asked

Posted Jul 12 2010

I’m currently obsessed with Malcolm Gladwell. His first book, The Tipping Point, is about how certain factors aggregate to cause things (epidemics, fashion trends, things) to spread like wildfire. Blink is about how we think in those nanoseconds before we begin consciously thinking about something. Outliers is about why some people succeed far beyond others. […]

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The Vegetative State

Posted Jul 5 2010

A Plea to My Neighbors, In-Laws and Co-Workers: STOP GIVING ME VEGETABLES!!! I know you’re really proud of these wonderful vegetables that you’ve grown from the soil of your own yard with the back-breaking labor of your own two hands (not to mention your own back), but for pity’s sake, NO MORE PRODUCE! You see, […]

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