> The men at the next table are talking about their weight. They are average-sized, middle-age men, drinking coffee. They are talking about the calories in various foods, about gaining a pound but then losing it again, about the best time to weigh yourself. My word. I thought only women had to have conversations like this.
> This is a test because I’m messing around with Digg, which I can’t for the life of me get to work. What I really want is to show you a picture from a birthing clinic in Haiti. I told Chuck I want to go there and help. I said probably if I really wanted to help I’d just get a second job and send the money, but that doesn’t […]
>I have every current Oregon Book Award contestant book I can find sitting in a pile on my table. I spent yesterday reading All God’s Children, Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families, by Rene Denfield. A well- written, important and compelling book. Denfield focuses on a particular Portland group of street kids that was violent, sadistic, and disturbingly anonmic.anomic—alienation and purposelessness experienced by a person or a […]
>Last week we went to The Oak Grove Restaurant at the Hood River, Oregon Golf Club to hear an Austin band called GypZee Soul. Don’t let the golf club idea fool you– the place actually a funky little restaurant/bar with a dance floor and music, big windows with trees outside, and nice folks dancing and drinking and have a good time. GypZee Soul is two piece, soul/bluesy/eastern European group that […]
>I don’t know how there can be so many movies about writers. What could be more boring than a writer? Chuck is in South Africa at the Society for Conservation Biology Conference, and I am having a personal writing retreat at my house, just me and the laptop. My dog doesn’t like it. He is trying to mind control me into playing catch, but sorry, it’s not working.
>I’m reading a science fiction novel for my book group. Usually we read international novels. We went through a long Middle Eastern phase. We read several Turkish novels. We read several Indian books. We also read Faulkner. This month it’s science fiction though. Science fiction is the only thing my son reads. I was telling him tonight that what I don’t like is reading descriptions of a world that someone […]