Welcoming 2012

All together now: “All I want for Christmas is a root canal ….” I seriously didn’t have any intention of celebrating the holidays with a two-stage root canal, but that’s what happened. Stage 1 happened a few days before Christmas and Stage 2 happened a couple of days before New … Read more…

One Down and Two to Go

We have made it through Thanksgiving after much trepidation. My employer is in the throes of handing out many more layoffs and none of us really know what to expect before Christmas and New Year’s holidays are upon us. For that matter, 2012 is a huge question mark in many … Read more…

Venturing further into eBooks

Discoveries and What Shall I Write? have both been available as e-books as well as trade paperbacks for the past year or so. And like many other authors, I’ve been considering digital editions on a wider scale. In fact, Between the Spaces of A Writer’s Life first came out as … Read more…

A Satisfying Genealogy Conference

People came from all over the country, not just from Southern California, to attend this 42nd annual event. The conference is run entirely by volunteers and represents a humongous investment of time and effort and dedication. Of course, a few glitches crept in but there was so much to learn … Read more…

Ten Things to be Grateful for – Part 2

I make no pretense of being all things to all people. God Bless Us all in this joyous Christmas season! And so to my final five things to be grateful for: Comprehending that a dear friend in San Diego area, who only gets TV news from The Weather Channel, is … Read more…

Ten Things to be Grateful for – Part 1

Coming off a Thanksgiving season I wasn’t sure we’d see, led into by watching the movie The Secret, it occurred to me last weekend that I did indeed have much to be grateful for as we approach the end of this wild 2010: In today’s excruciating economy, having a job, even one where … Read more…

Blog is suspended until further notice

As should be obvious by now, I have not posted any blog material in a long time. The comment-spam issues have not been resolved by the host, and I lack the time or the interest to deal with missing plug-ins. However, of greater concern is that my [previous] employer has … Read more…

Patricia Highsmith Understood

If you can find an article from the November 1964 issue of The Writer (reprinted in February 2008), there is a wonderful article by suspense novelist Patricia Highsmith. As we all know, or eventually learn, writers must write or go crazy from the frustration of dealing with our chaotic lives. … Read more…

Comment-Spam

We continue to experience a flood of “comment-spam” with multiple links to mostly salacious websites. There are solutions for this and I have been waiting for [past] host to implement one of them. For example, a software plug-in to eliminate the comment-spam would be a good decision, with multiple choices … Read more…

Earth Hour 2008

Southern California cities made a rather miserable showing for Earth Hour 2008. None of them participated, on a municipal level, that is. In fact, had a local weathercaster not mentioned Earth Hour in his daily e-mail yesterday morning, I myself would have been totally unaware that it was happening. Fortunately, … Read more…