Monthly Archives: August 2014

Can’t get to the ocean this summer? Watch and listen to the waves at Huntington Beach, California

Watch and listen: Below is the pier at Huntington Beach, July 2014. I’ve done very little fishing in my life, but most of that was from the Huntington Beach pier  with my father and older brother on rare days when … Continue reading

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Chicago is a great place to change trains.

While walking around Chicago between trains, I took the picture above, of the Chicago River in downtown, and the picture below, of a beach very different from California’s Huntington Beach (shown in the post above). Todd and I also have … Continue reading

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Book covers: what we can learn from postage stamps

I love Maryland, the first state to pass gay marriage at the ballot. But that’s not why the Maryland flag is here. I found an image of the flag for the cover of my novel, THE MAN WHO ASKED TO … Continue reading

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Humor in a flute: the difficulty of defining “flute” or “fluted” for someone new to the English language

On a recent stay with a friend who teaches at the University of Arizona, she told Todd and me that a foreign visitor to the university who was mastering English quite nicely asked what “fluted” meant. My friend and her … Continue reading

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