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:¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_4zm5GBSh4 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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