The Shadow Knows…

... that aliens, apparently, live among us.

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Virginia Kids, Illinois Snow

And unseasonably deep and cold Illinois, too. While we've been visiting family this last month, it has been more like December than November. I haven't gotten this much cold and snow all at once since my family left Wisconsin when I was 11. It has been a nice walk down nostalgia lane, and great fun... Continue Reading →

My New Hip Is Settling In Nicely…

...and I'm starting to write again. Healing has occupied a lot of my energy over the last couple of weeks, just as contemplating major surgery sapped a lot of my mental energy for a few weeks leading up to it. There's a big wad of post-surgery slacker inertia to overcome, but I'm starting to break... Continue Reading →

Commander Kitty Is Unsure…

...as to whether or not he digs his new digs. We humans, though, ARE sure. This is a definite improvement! I've been silent here for a while. We've been moving. Goodbye 1968 sub-single-wide trailer home with slowly collapsing floors and significant amounts of black mold. Hello 2nd floor apartment with balconies in a 100+ year... Continue Reading →

Urban Nature, Write?

We live in the middle of either a medium-large metro of close to two million people or seven mid-sized cities jammed shoulder to shoulder around the area where the James River empties into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It depends who you ask. We've long been a family to enjoy a walk. Being temporarily... Continue Reading →

How To Black Friday

You can shop any day. Deals aren't worth suffering for. Whether you're fishing or reading a book or hugging your loved ones, an extra-cheap television or whatever isn't better. It's not even equal. It's a distant, distant 47th place behind all the other things that actually make you happy and make your life a genuinely... Continue Reading →

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