Oysterville Daybook Archives

My First (and last) April Fool’s Lesson

My First (and last) April Fool’s Lesson

I must have been seven or eight when I played my one and only April Fool's trick -- on my dignified, Bostonian father, of all people!  It wasn't that he didn't have a sense of humor  -- he did.  But probably not when the joke was on him.  And...

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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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And so it begins…

And so it begins…

I've blocked out the week to work on my upgraded (though actually much simplified) website so the Oysterville Daybook reports are likely to be slim-to-non-existent.  However, I do want to thank all of my readers who took the time to respond to my...

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Deer and Daffodils Everywhere You Look!

Deer and Daffodils Everywhere You Look!

The sun shines betwixt and between scattered showers.  The peepers are peeping out in the bogs and the geese and ducks are honking and quacking as they fly overhead.  And just in case you doubted the season, daffodils are everywhere.  And so are...

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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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Any thoughts about the Oysterville Daybook?

Any thoughts about the Oysterville Daybook?

Next week I'm embarking on a scary (for me) adventure with a new Webmaster -- revising my now almost 20-year-old website to make it more streamlined, more accessible (I hope), and more focused on 1) my daily blog and 2) my books, both old and...

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Old People/Houses: The same rules apply!

Old People/Houses: The same rules apply!

Remember that old joke --- after you reach 40 it's Patch Patch Patch but after 60 it's PatchPatchPatch?  Well. I'm here to tell you that the same goes for houses, but since this house was built in 1869 (and never mind that I'm way past the Age 60...

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‘Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit’

‘Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit’

Since our Friday Night Gathering was the nearest date to St. Patrick's Day that we'd all be together, Bill Grennan took the opportunity to come in full regalia -- an Irish Green Kilt with all the accoutrements, including a matching Green Bowler! ...

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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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Delbert Knapp, Esq. – The Old Lamp Lighter

Delbert Knapp, Esq. – The Old Lamp Lighter

In the case of Tucker's friend, Del, and the lamps in my house -- it's the lamps which are old, not the lamp lighter!  (And speaking of age... are you old enough to remember that song, "The Old Lamplighter of Long, Long Ago"?)  I can't help...

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