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What I discovered while I was cleaning out my email inbox

The lastest Publisher’s Lunch Weekly with the book deal news — Merlin Mann of 43 folders has sold a book! Business/Investing/Finance founder Merlin Mann’s INBOX ZERO, exploring the popular myths about “email organization,” and provides an inspiring blueprint for managing our attention and making things that matter, to Julia Cheiffetz at Harper Studio, by […]

If I could have met with a mentor on a weekly basis…

If I could have met with a mentor on a weekly basis when I was a teenager, I…. I would have gravitated toward art much, much earlier than I did. (My junior high art teacher rocked. Totally. Utterly. Rocked. High school teachers, not so much. About the time I soured on the high school teachers, […]

Alwin is back!!!!!!!

Current (new) site is WordPress, we’ll see if he goes changing his blog software over and over again like he did before. Very happy to see Alwin Hawkins, very formerly of View from the heart, and then (and now) various incarnations of Code:theWebSocket;, has installed a new version of WordPress on a server somewhere and […]

Debbi goes to Christmas Tree Lane

Debbi Swanson Patrick at Altadena Above It All went to the Christmas Tree Lane festivities Saturday evening. Photo post 1, Photo post 2. (I nearly went. This year we took a hiatus from the new-ish Christmas Tree Lane party tradition. Previously hampered by Mars Won’t Wait mode. Turned out that last weekend was a busy […]

Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people

or not. Dedicated to bloggers everywhere, and to Robert J.C. Parry and comment-thread over at the newly-returned Foothill Cities blog. Comfort ye, my commenters. Comfort ye, my commenters, saith your blog, saith your blog. Speak ye snarkily of politics, and cry unto them, that their ranting is accomplished. Their disagreements hardened. Every political view shall […]

Towers of Gold at Huntington Library Friday night

Towers of Gold at Huntington Library Friday night

So, this woman goes downtown and walks into the historical society. She says, “Archivist, I’ll have a box of great great Grandpa” (his stuff. papers.) Archivist says, “Which box? I’ve got 40 of ’em” 40? Whoa. So this woman digs in and realizes she’s onto something big. Great great Grandpa BUILT California. That’s right. Built. […]

Towers of Gold book review

Towers of Gold book review

I finished reading it a week ago. I posted my review at my other site. It’s a personal family historian’s Best of All Possible Worlds scenario — follow a hankering to learn more family history for the sake of the kids, and go to the state historical society, discover not just one but dozens of […]

The man speaks truth

What I’m most looking forward to after the election I will finally get my brain back. It’s been extremely difficult for me to focus on anything but the election since about midway through September, which has not been a good thing; I admit I’ve been one of those people who has been refreshing like […]

Essay Contest: Win a home in Maui

My friends Julie Sigwart and Micheal Stinson are holding an essay contest ($100 entry fee) to win their Maui home. The New York Times wrote about it today. The web site for the contest:

Aah, it works, actually

Posts made earlier didn’t work. Now they do. I was feeling too busy to dig up the cause. Crap, it still is happening. Oops. Too busy to find out why. Fun. Tom Negrino wrote about listening to Emerson Lake and Palmer for the first time in some years. I did something similar. His reaction was […]