Oysterville Daybook Archives

In my eyes as the beholder?  Fun!  Fun!  Fun!

In my eyes as the beholder? Fun! Fun! Fun!

Yesterday, at last, I dove into my new book -- or at least I'm hoping that it will come together in book form eventually, as planned.  The subject?  People! Working title:  "Saints or Sinners?" Some of my subjects I've known (and some of those all...

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It’s hard to keep up!

It’s hard to keep up!

Sometimes (maybe oftener and oftener) I am totally confused by what I read.  The source doesn't seem to matter.  This morning  it was a sentence in the New York Times.  It went like this: Nine-year-olds lost the equivalent of two decades of...

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Coming Soon!  May 2nd, to be exact!

Coming Soon! May 2nd, to be exact!

According to the Arcadia Publishing website, my newest book with them makes its debut on May 2nd, two weeks from this coming Monday.  WOOT! WOOT!  Look for it beginning that day on the shelves at your local book stores! The book is called The...

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O is for Over the Moon in Oz & O’ville

O is for Over the Moon in Oz & O’ville

The word is just in -- Nyel comes home tomorrow! Meanwhile -- 'O' has been for Overload here.  The editor literally pulled my Spooky Stories book off the press and has given me 48 hours (beginning yesterday morning) to review the PDF, note the...

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Oz, O’ville, & bad juju you betcha-Day 23

Oz, O’ville, & bad juju you betcha-Day 23

NO WONDER EVERYONE'S BEEN ASKING WHAT'S GOING ON.  APPARENTLY  I FORGOT TO ACTUALLY PUBLISH THIS BLOG AFTER I WROTE IT FRIDAY.  SO THIS WILL HELP CATCH YOU UP. From Oz -- All Good News!  Nyel is responding well to oral meds and, if the gods...

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Fewer than the proverbial “six degrees”…

Fewer than the proverbial “six degrees”…

If you have been associated with our Peninsula for very long, you (or someone close to you) has probably been involved with something or someone amazing!  I don't know the reason.  Perhaps it's just that there are few enough of us that everyone...

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Wow!  A Drinking Day to Remember!

Wow! A Drinking Day to Remember!

The drinking began at two this afternoon at our neighbors' house -- tea at the Wachsmuths'!  Granddaughters Gabi and Danielle, their parents Charlie and Amy and, of course, Oma and Opa were there.  Petit fours and Marion's walnut cake plus tea or...

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NOW WHY I ASK YOU

NOW WHY I ASK YOU

Now why I ask you Do won and won make too And why I ask some more Do too and too make for And why I further state Do for and for make ate? Won too for ate they go But why I do not know. --Willard Espy Downsizing in this household is endlessly fun! ...

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Every little once in a while…

Every little once in a while…

I'm sure it happens to other people, but maybe not in quite the same way as it happens to writers.  Every once in a while, I run across something that I wish I had said or, more to the point, written.  Not often, and usually nothing of great...

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One of the most gratifying things…

One of the most gratifying things…

On May 17, 1914, my fifteen-year-old aunt Medora Espy wrote to her parents in Oysterville from her boarding school in Portland, Oregon: Thursday the girls and I went to see "Tess  O' the Storm Country" at the Peoples.  It was very good – a five...

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Having the last word… an overrated luxury?

Having the last word… an overrated luxury?

The first chapter of John in the King James version of the Bible begins:  In the beginning was the Word...  The final word in the final chapter, Revelation 22:21, is Amen, commonly translated to mean "so be it." I sometimes think of these first and...

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He didn’t suffer fools gladly.

He didn’t suffer fools gladly.

My Uncle Willard was thoughtful, kind, and unfailingly understanding.  But he did not suffer fools gladly, no matter what Paul had to say in his letters to the Church at Corinth (The Holy Bible, King James Version: 2nd Corinthians 11:1-21).  When a...

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