Oysterville Daybook Archives

What is the opposite of patience?

What is the opposite of patience?

This morning I woke up in leisurely fashion to find that it was a half hour later than my usual five ayem internal alarm says "up-and-at-'em!"  I guess I'm only halfway ready for Daylight Savings Time -- a concept that, try as I might, I can't wrap...

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So whadjathink?

So whadjathink?

Or maybe you don't get our weekly paper, the Chinook Observer.  If not, you might as well stop reading here, because this is going to be all about yesterday's issue.  And me. One of my grandmother's is rolling over in her grave at that first...

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What a great title, Jim Tweedie!

What a great title, Jim Tweedie!

You know, there are some things about this aging process that don't bear thinking about.  Like the wonky ways of one's memory. Some years ago, Jim Tweedie asked me if I'd be willing to read a draft of his first book and, perhaps, write a foreword...

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Of course I turned to page 188 first!

Of course I turned to page 188 first!

Stevens, Nyel, 188.  That's what the index said and that's the page I went to right off the bat.  Maggie's book, The Container Victory Garden, arrived last night, and although it was addressed to me, I knew it was truly Nyel's.  Maggie had said...

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Maggie’s New Book – COMING SOON!

Maggie’s New Book – COMING SOON!

In less than a week-- on February 21st to be precise -- Maggie Stuckey's new book, The Container Victory Garden: A Beginner's Guide to Growing Your Own Groceries will be in readers' hands.  Order now (from your local bookstore, from your favorite...

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In 1991 – “Little Creatures Everywhere”

In 1991 – “Little Creatures Everywhere”

If you lived on the Peninsula in 1991, you may remember a rather poorly written murder mystery centered on the Moby Dick Hotel, thinly disguised as the "Grey Whale."  Also thinly disguised were a number of well-known Peninsula northenders who...

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“Three Pines” – Two Thumbs Down

“Three Pines” – Two Thumbs Down

FINALLY!  I watched "White Out," the first two episodes of the "Three Pines" series.  I doubt that I will watch any more.  I was really disappointed -- mostly that Louise Penny had endorsed it so heartily.  (But then her last book was a bit of a...

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So now that January is almost over…

So now that January is almost over…

“If January is the month of change, February is the month of lasting change. January is for dreamers… February is for doers.” — Marc Parent. “ ... I'm not sure who Marc Parent is, or more to the point, which Marc Parent I have quoted here.  There...

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“One Hundred Saturdays” by Michael Frank

“One Hundred Saturdays” by Michael Frank

I've not quite finished Michael Frank's latest book -- three pages to go -- but "my eyes say quit" as my grandmother used to say.  And I can't wait to tell you about it!  Mostly, I just want to say:  "Get it!  Read it!" And by the time you get to...

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Wow!  This one is tough!

Wow! This one is tough!

Louise Penny's latest book arrived on my front porch right on time.  In fact, probably 12 hours earlier than the "pub date" which was November 30th.  I was waiting with baited breath, having timed my life so I could dive right in. A World of...

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I definitely know the feeling…

I definitely know the feeling…

I have thoroughly enjoyed re-reading the few books of Ellis Peters' Cadfael series that I've found on my shelves.  I love her use of language, her character development and the way she puts me right into the midst of England's twelfth century...

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There’s always a flip side!

There’s always a flip side!

The invitation arrived this morning by email from Josephine LaCosta, a woman I'd never heard of (or so I thought) and, apparently an author.  I was a part of a string of folks being invited to a book launch party because I was "so generous as to...

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