Category Archives: Reading? Ugh!

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Haruki Murakami’s Fairy Tales

Goldilocks and the Three Bears One day, a salaryman named Tatsuhiro receives a phone call from a stranger who calls herself Goldilocks. Her voice reminds him of a young woman named Sakura who was found murdered in a field when … Continue reading

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Things I Liked 2020

It wasn’t all bad… Books I read fewer novels than average in 2020, and I suspect I’m not alone. It was not a great year for concentration, although I did manage to glide through a re-read of Jane Austen’s Emma, … Continue reading

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Margaret Freaking Atwood Is Stopping By My House!

Holy crap! Margaret Atwood just called to ask if she could stop by. She heard about our Halloween pumpkin that looks like author Gabriel Garcia Marquez and she hoped she could see it. What could I do? I said yes, … Continue reading

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“Like That!” Very Good Entertainment Show in Dernovkia!

[Theme Song: Accordions, bouzouki and synthesized drums play an upbeat song. Title flashes on the screen in white block letters: “LIKE THAT!”] VLAD: Hello, people! BIANCA:  Everyone, hello! VLAD: Bianca-a-a? BIANCA: Vla-a-a-a-d? TOGETHER: HELLO! VLAD: Ha-ha-ha! We are good greeters. … Continue reading

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Over-achieving, under-prepared and loving it

Friday evening, Deb and I had settled around our campfire, which had generated a lot of smoke but been stubborn to start (coincidentally, how I’d also describe our early dating days). We had set up our old tent, which was … Continue reading

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