Monthly Archives: January 2013

     I can watch this “Maine Coon: Gentle Giant” video every day and smile every single time, because it reminds me of the coolest cat I ever knew (also because I love the Nick Drake song, River Man, which is sung by … Continue reading

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“Don’t date a girl who reads”

Painting: Girl Reading by Alfred Émile Stevens “Don’t date a girl who reads because girls who read are the storytellers. You with the Joyce, you with the Nabokov, you with the Woolf. You there in the library, on the platform of the … Continue reading

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Humbled by a retired lab tech who proofreads better than a novelist

Again I am humbled. Doug is a retired-early test technician (lab tech sounds better in a header) with no formal training in English – nothing beyond high school for composition, grammar, syntax, or literature – but he does read a … Continue reading

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Welcome to Waxing Poetic and Lyrical!

Welcome to Waxing Poetic and Lyrical!.

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Most people have never seen a fulgurite, and many that have probably did not realize what it was at the time. Fulgurites are natural tubes or crusts of glass formed by the fusion of silica (quartz) sand or rock from … Continue reading

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Fulgurites and lightning strikes

If you read “Mud under pressure can turn into gemstones,” you might have questioned my remark about glass forming in the desert. (Big “if,” I know.) If you read Schistocity and the Slaty Cleavage, you might wonder about my sanity … Continue reading

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Schistosity and the Slaty Cleavage

Nope, not the name of a rock band. (Rock band. Ha ha ha.) It’s a scientific article in a scholarly journal: Schistosity and Slaty Cleavage by George F. Becker How did I find it? By not *writing* my novel, but … Continue reading

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