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Karl Marlantes’ New Book:  “A Cold Victory”

Karl Marlantes’ New Book: “A Cold Victory”

I spent almost all of last night with Karl Marlantes' latest book, "A Cold Victory."  For some reason I had thought that it was going to be a sort of sequel to his first book -- his blockbuster bests-seller, "Matterhorn" about the Viet Nam War. ...

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Sue! Leigh! Kitt! Are you paying attention?

Sue! Leigh! Kitt! Are you paying attention?

On March 30, 2010 I wrote in my Blog that I had joined a new Mystery Book Club -- though that in itself is a bit of a mystery. In another blog I have a picture of the "Mystery Book Club Founders" which is dated 2009. It was a small group -- just...

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May the birdwalking long continue!

May the birdwalking long continue!

I just ran across this statement online: Commentator Bill Harley recounts how his best teacher meandered off the subject at hand and left an indelible impression on him. "Birdwalking" is a term of derision used by educators about this practice.  ...

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One almost down; another on the horizon!

One almost down; another on the horizon!

As I wrote the title of this blog, I wondered if readers would think I'm referring to books that I have in the works.  So, let me disabuse you of that idea right off the bat.  I'm talking about books I'm reading, not writing.  They are companion...

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THE OYSTERVILLE SCHOOLHOUSE!

THE OYSTERVILLE SCHOOLHOUSE!

YIKES!  Miss Giraldo, my first journalism teacher at San Rafael High School, would never forgive me!  In my blog yesterday about Maggie Stuckey's Soup Event I left out the fourth crucial W that every beginning journalist knows by heart.  WHERE? ...

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March 20th!  One week from tomorrow!

March 20th! One week from tomorrow!

Mark your calendar.  Save your appetite!  Maggie Stuckey is coming to town!  And if you know anything at all about Maggie, you know that she is the Quintessential Queen of Nurturing -- whether it be growing a garden, serving up a delicious homemade...

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Me ‘N’ My Kindle – A Love/Hate Relationship

Me ‘N’ My Kindle – A Love/Hate Relationship

I protested for a number of years.  "I like the feel of a book," I said.  "I like it that I can keep track of where I am with a bookmark or dogear the pages if it's one I own -- or even write a note in the margin if it seems important."  But then...

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Taking another look… with love!

Taking another look… with love!

February 19. 2024 A blog reader wrote me the other day and said she remembered "my" house (now belonging to my cousin Lina and her husband Dave):  I remember seeing this house and reading about it in one of the Northwest Home books. It was so...

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Shouldna done that!  Glad I did!

Shouldna done that! Glad I did!

Yesterday afternoon I bit the weather bullet (and my night-blind vision bullet) and attended a gathering of poets at Time Enough Books. They were there to celebrate the publication of Cascadian Zen and to read some of their poems included in this...

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The Biggest Mistake I Ever Made, Book-wise!

The Biggest Mistake I Ever Made, Book-wise!

As much as it pains me to admit it, I am still trying to recover from the biggest mistake I ever made.  Book-wise that is.  This was a mistake in judgment pure and simple.  My intentions were good but... we already know about that road to hell.  It...

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Fun! Fun! Fun! And who’da thunk it?

Fun! Fun! Fun! And who’da thunk it?

Yesterday, I was busier than that proverbial bird dog during hunting season -- seeing my cousins off after a fabulous two-day stay, gathering my books (and my wits) for a Book Talk at Timberland Library, and fixing myself a  fabulous crab salad...

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“Plan your work; work your plan!” he said.

“Plan your work; work your plan!” he said.

John Matthews, the first school principal I ever worked with in Hayward, California, was big on lesson plans and their subsequent accomplishment.  His words of wisdom -- "Plan your work and work your plan." became words to live by for most of the...

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