I Kissed a Vampire

Posted Feb 8 2012

(Credit to ftwapples, who’s got an amazing singing voice and several other parodies on YouTube.) So, if you’ve been hanging around the Raisin Chronicles at all lately, you know I’m currently obsessed with Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. One thing I don’t get, though, is how hot Bella finds it that Edward is so cold. She […]

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Fiction Friday: Love Stories and Lumpy Goods

Posted Feb 3 2012

Still Twilit here…. In the world of negotiation/gamesmanship, a “lumpy good” is something over which people are unwilling/unable to compromise. One example we’re all familiar with is Palestine. Neither side is willing to share the city. Each feels that if they don’t win complete control of the geography, they’ve lost. Another is Solomon’s Baby. Well, […]

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My Little Town Tuesday: Heads Will Roll

Posted Jan 31 2012

Last week in the Dayton Daily News, my old company announced another round of layoffs–75 people of the remaining 612. Sometimes it’s nice to have already gotten the ax. (Pictorial beheading courtesy of Dave Wells, GIMPer extraordinaire.)

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Fiction Friday: What Makes a Great Love Story?

Posted Jan 27 2012

As warned, I’m going to spend a few weeks deconstructing the Twilight saga and trying to understand what made it so compelling. In all the really great love stories I’ve ever read, the hero had the following characteristics:o Richo Attractive to women (in the same way that cocaine is attractive to addicts)o Is prepared to […]

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Third Annual Toddler New Year’s Eve Party

Posted Jan 24 2012

(Better late than never….) The plan was for the boys to sleep upstairs under Old Dog’s supervision while the girls bedded down on the first floor, with me on the couch. After yelling at the boys to settle down and go to sleep, Old Dog dozed off, only to awaken to the following whispered conversation: […]

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Fiction Friday: The Twilight Zone

Posted Jan 20 2012

When Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer, became a bestseller back in 2005, I had no real desire to read it. I didn’t care for Young Adult fiction even when I was a Young Adult, and a love affair between a human girl and an ageless vampire struck me as a particularly silly concept. Beyond that, I’d […]

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Sponge Brain SAS Pants

Posted Dec 27 2011

I only had to get 46 questions right. Out of 70. In 2 hours. That doesn’t sound too hard, does it? The thing is, when I was younger, I was pretty spongey. Learning new stuff came easily to me. I’d read through the material a couple of times, maybe copy it out once, and remember […]

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A Birthday and a Funeral

Posted Dec 19 2011

She was my mother’s younger sister. Born just 18 months apart in the early 1920’s, in the steep hills of Eastern Kentucky coal mining country, they were best friends as well as sisters. On their front porch they cut out paper dolls from old newspapers and whisked “cherries from the basket” in games of jacks. […]

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Raisin Rules: Facebook Rule #2

Posted Dec 11 2011

As with the rest of life, you can’t just “Like” everything on Facebook. Some discrimination is called for. The other day, I saw a post saying a woman’s grandfather had died and someone, I kid you not, had clicked Like. A couple of posts later, I read where a ton of granite fell on a […]

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A Lovely Story

Posted Dec 6 2011

Lovely Abraham Powell, along with being my great-great-great grandfather, was reputed to be the meanest man who ever lived. One day a deputy named Moody rode out to Lovely’s cabin in Big Hill, KY, to arrest him for moonshining and tax evasion. Lovely came out of his cabin just as the deputy rode up. “My […]

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