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4 ibuprofen and 12 hours’ sleep later …

Posted by on Aug 11, 2008 in Palaver |

… I deem myself recovered from Dads’ Weekend at my son’s camp. I hesitate to post about him for fear of oozing treacle (other than to say I am insanely proud of my boy at his first-ever sleep-away camp. There, no more, I promise). But I will say this about the camp itself (a YMCA-run outfit in western Massachusetts): what leapt out was a...

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Prediction: Beijing a bust

Posted by on Aug 5, 2008 in Palaver |

I find, often to my chagrin, that I am an utterly typical consumer. When I buy a 32-inch HD flatscreen TV, believing I’m a leading-edge electronics guy, I soon learn that everybody bought a 32-inch TV that month. Ditto dining-out trends, footwear, online purchasing habits, you name it … I’m a human Columbus, Ohio, the city that’s...

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Procrastination pays

Posted by on Aug 1, 2008 in Palaver |

Went off to do errands. Needed gas, saw Regular was $3.83 a gallon at the local Genero-Cheep. Knew I should swing in, but didn’t want to take a left across traffic. Went on my merry way, did my errands with the amber Empty eye staring at me. Two hours later, pulled into Genero-Cheep, which was now blessedly on my right, of course. Regular was down to...

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Gorging on mysteries

Posted by on Jul 23, 2008 in Palaver, Writing |

As a quick glance to the right demonstrates, my Recently read list is all mysteries, while my TBR stack is nonfiction. Reason: I don’t like to read fiction while I’m writing it. It’s too easy to slip into somebody else’s voice. I can point at a couple of sentences in my first novel and tell you with dead certainty that when I wrote...

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