Category: Musings

Do You Name Your Devices?

Do You Name Your Devices?

The naming of names My niece calls her computer “Gandalf.” Our daughter calls her Kindle “Lupin.” We named our Garmin GPS “Mabel.” And my first car was “George,” because the license plate letters, JRG, sounded a little like “George” when you tried to pronounce them. (It could have been Jorge, but George fit the… Read more »

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole

  If you’re like me, you can get on the Internet to do one thing–write a blog post or check Facebook, for instance–and surface hours later, wondering where on earth the time went.  I thought it might be fun (and dangerous!) to look at where I go when I’m playing on… Read more »

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Why I Read Banned Books

Why I Read Banned Books

  I read banned and challenged books because:  the only person who should choose what I can read is me. the concerns of a few people should not limit what other people’s children can read.* the same books that some people want to ban are considered great literary classics or award-winning children’s… Read more »

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Finding Ebook Freebies & Bargains

Finding Ebook Freebies & Bargains

When I first started the whole ebook thing, I went a little crazy with the self-published freebies, including a lot I’m probably never going to read (and really ought to purge!) I also discovered at least one author I really like, as well as several more that I will never… Read more »

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Gender, books, and publishing

Gender, books, and publishing

“Far more books are published by men than by women, perhaps because publishers feel that books by men are a safer bet. We can affect this by making a choice when it comes to the books we buy, since how we chose to spend our money is the most effective… Read more »

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Why I prefer “good” endings

Why I prefer “good” endings

A few weeks ago, I read Paper Fury’s post about books that don’t have conclusions, books where there’s a problem and it doesn’t get solved. She likes them even when they frustrate her. I can’t stand them even if well written. In trying to formulate why I feel that way,… Read more »

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He’s Dead, Jim

He’s Dead, Jim

Spock is dead. And I am crying. When I was growing up, Spock was one of my favorite characters on Star Trek. I loved that he was smart and didn’t have to hide it, and I loved the humanity that lurked beneath the cool Vulcan exterior. I loved the usually… Read more »

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