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The Lottery

I’ve probably sunburned most of my body at one time or another in my life. Rarely much of it at the same time. There was the time I forgot to put sunblock on the back of my knees when I … Continue reading

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Patience; the virtue of

You get used to rejection letters after a while; in fact, you even grow to expect them. I know that when I submit something, the odds are about 10:1 in favor of it generating a rejection versus an acceptance. So, … Continue reading

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A Rancher and a Gentleman

We don’t often get snow days here in Southeast Texas, but rain days we get. Yesterday we had the (according to one source) rainiest day ever in the Houston area. Harris County, the county that contains Houston and comes to … Continue reading

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Don’t let the fire rush to your head

The previews looked good, and it starred Helen Mirren, a household favorite, so we checked out Eye in the Sky last weekend.  Highly recommended. It’s about a covert operation in Kenya where a group of terrorists, including an American and … Continue reading

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Stories and stories and stories

Being the judge for a literary award means you have to do a lot of reading. A lot. A lot. A lot. I’ve been up to my eyeballs in anthologies and short stories for the past few months. Some novelettes, … Continue reading

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The Revolution Starts Now

I was very nervous about that bag of money on this week’s episode of Vinyl. When Richie was playing blackjack, I had a bad feeling. And then it played out the way I thought it might once they went back … Continue reading

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And Then There Were…

I saw 10 Cloverfield Lane on the weekend. It’s a movie best enjoyed by knowing absolutely nothing about it going in. I was intrigued by the trailer, featuring John Goodman and (to me) a couple of unknown actors. The premise … Continue reading

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Having my head examined

So, what’s this Dark Tower thing all about, the one that’s all over the news today because it’s going to start filming in 7 weeks, with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey (some day I’ll learn how to spell his name … Continue reading

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And the ‘droid goes to

We watched two Academy Award-nominated movies this weekend. On Friday, we saw Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance, the latter the winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. I loved Rylance’s character’s response (perhaps a tad overused) … Continue reading

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The needle and the damage done

One of the cool things about being a Canadian is that I get a check every year from the Public Lending Right Commission just for having my books in libraries across the country. They do a random polling of 7 … Continue reading

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