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
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
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?
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
Common Yellowthroat, a Chapter16 essay about my parents when they started to bird and I started to drive.2016 Reading List:13. A Cup of Water under My Bed, Daisy Hernandez12. In the Labyrinth of Drakes, Marie Brennan11. The New Neighbor, Leah Stewart10. The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson9. Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Ed Tarkington8. Chasing the … Continue reading