Three ways to evaluate those who hold political power: when to run away and when to give them another week

I've created a list by which I gauge those in power: who I should run away from and who I'll trust for another week. (By the way, the purpose of the world is NOT to serve us; this is how every major conflict begins.) Now I won't be naive and pretend that in the past … Continue reading Three ways to evaluate those who hold political power: when to run away and when to give them another week

The world isn’t what you think it is, and why should it be?

I feel stupid confessing this, but I was slightly freaked out by Europe. We came back last month from eleven days in Rome and Greece, and while I was prepared for the trip, many silly things deeply worried me. For example, the electrical outlets--two little holes? And their electricity is "different" than American/Canadian electricity? Isn't … Continue reading The world isn’t what you think it is, and why should it be?

Books? Thinking? Are those “lit”?

["Lit," by the way, is the trendy way to say "cool," or "neato, daddio." Just typing that last one is totally not "lit".] These lines are what I hope none of my students will ever say about my class: These lines are also why I often read out loud to them, because even though they're 10th graders, … Continue reading Books? Thinking? Are those “lit”?

Admit it–you want unpredictability and challenges!

Ever have one of those years when everything changes on you? And does it seem that it happens every year? Yeah, me too. I've come to the conclusion that there's no such thing as "regular" life, that the "good old days" when life was predictable and easy never in fact existed, that when we long … Continue reading Admit it–you want unpredictability and challenges!

Official Forest at the Edge clock is here–just in time for Christmas!

I'll be honest: I made this for me. I love unique clocks, and while I've made clocks for other genres, I never made one based on my own books. The other day I thought, "Why not? I wrote the kind of books I want to read, because I couldn't find them. Why not make the … Continue reading Official Forest at the Edge clock is here–just in time for Christmas!

Why in the world am I giving away my books for free?

As I've done with my other books, I'm offering Book 5, Safety Assured Leaving East of Medicetti for free as a .pdf file on my website. No, this makes absolutely no financial sense whatsoever. It's the second place I'm offering it for free (Smashwords has the download for free) and when Amazon notices, it too will … Continue reading Why in the world am I giving away my books for free?

Book 5 IS HERE! Get it in e-book or paperback!

It's HERE! Safety Assured Leaving East of Medicetti, Book 5 is now available as an e-book ($.99) and in paperback ($13.50) (soon to be as a paperback on Amazon, too). You can also find it on Smashwords for FREE!   (Why for free? When you read Chapter 13, I think you'll understand. "Freely given, freely shared." And … Continue reading Book 5 IS HERE! Get it in e-book or paperback!