Since I retired in July 2015, I have been kind of at a loss to say what it is I'm doing. I am a freelance writer and a novelist, but neither of those provide me with any concrete justification for my existence, especially the latter. My reviews for Chapter 16 are the sole exception. People … Continue reading Protest as a Way of Life
Pistaco: A Tale of Love in the Andes by Lynn F MonahanMy rating: 4 of 5 starsPistaco is a tale of a conflicted young American priest called to the high Andes, where he finds both love and death in the height of the Maoist Shining Path uprising. Pistaco is billed as a thriller, and it … Continue reading Pistaco Review
Dibby Hill Book AwardsGeneral Fiction:A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor TowlesYoung-Adult:This Savage Song, Victoria SchwabSci-Fi/Fantasy:The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick RothfussNon-Fiction:H is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald2017 List:6. To the Bright Edge of the World, Eowyn Ivey5. A Conjuring of Light, V.E. Schwab2-4.. Natchez Burning, The Bone Tree, Mississippi Blood, Greg Iles1. All the Things I … Continue reading Dibby Hill Awards
Terrible year (see these photos from 2016). Hope we have another year, but it's too much to hope that it won't be terrible.This is an image from 2016 I will cherish. Next time I am in Colorado it will probably be a strip mine.I surpassed my goal of reading 50 books in 2016 and hit 73, including re-reads. I … Continue reading Goodbye 2016, and don’t let the door hit you in the ass …
I wrote this in July. And already, the catastrophe is playing out. Our democracy, this precious freedom we've enjoyed and defended for 240 years, is in danger. ****If Trump is elected, here is how I think it would go down.He wins by a small margin, maybe 46-44, less than a majority because of the Libertarian and … Continue reading Here’s How It Will Go Down UPDATE
The Journey of the Fur TrapperNow available for a limited time: the iconic travels of the fur trapper and his companions.A photographic romp through the American West narrated by a faux fur trapper. A month and a day on the road with a 15-year-old dog. Seven national parks, diverse flora and fauna. Running commentary … Continue reading The Journey of the Fur Trapper
Is this the end of civil society, of progressive values, our dreams of a more inclusive, sustainable, just future?This lady's comments on a friend's post last night seem to sum up what has been unleashed upon us, enabled by craven "establishment" Republicans.I am sorry I am a Christian and I voted for him just like … Continue reading Is This the End?