Laughter and the love of friends . . . a great weekend!

Poet Hilaire Belloc wrote, in his “Dedicatory Ode”: From quiet homes and first beginning, Out to the undiscovered ends, There’s nothing worth the wear of winning, But laughter and the love of friends. This weekend renewed that sentiment for me, as more than a dozen friends from the blogosphere, our annual gathering at Blogorado, and other points of contact gathered to celebrate my newly-conferred US citizenship with me.  They traveled from nearby and from hundreds of miles away, by road and by air, drawn only by the common desire to be together with our “tribe” once more and have a good time.  I was very

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For Oleg’s friends – Gremlin is in trouble

Those who know the photographer Oleg Volk (a decades-long friend of mine) will also probably know his cat Gremlin, who adopted him more than a decade ago, and rules his life with an iron paw. Sadly, Gremlin got into a fight with something bigger and more bitey than himself a few days ago.  He’s in a bad way in kitty hospital.  Right now, it’s unclear if he’ll pull through. His treatment and recovery is going to cost a lot, and Oleg’s asking his friends to help.  He’s set up a GoFundMe to cover some of the costs.  Needless to say, Miss D.and I have

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An excellent first novel

Jason Fuesting and his wife have been online friends with my wife for some time, although I’ve only met them once, during a trip to St. Louis some months ago.  Jason’s a military veteran, and has been working hard on a science fiction trilogy for a long time.  He’s finally let loose Volume 1 on the world – and it’s a very good effort indeed. I had the privilege of beta-reading “By Dawn’s Early Light” prior to publication, and found it absorbing and interesting.  Jason certainly has his own voice, and a gifted way of setting up his characters and

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Quick road trip on a sad occasion

Sadly, and suddenly and without warning, the father of a friend died last weekend.  Miss D. and I will be heading south this morning for the funeral.  Please keep us in your prayers for traveling safety and the like; and also for the survivors of the departed, for whom funerals are always tough. We hope to be back by this evening. I’ve queued up a couple of blog posts for later in the morning, so you won’t be short of reading matter. Peter

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Hedgehog man?

A man in Brazil learned the hard way that with “friends” like his, who needs enemies?  They glued several dildos onto his back, which eventually required the services of a hospital to remove them.  I don’t know what he’s saying, but it doesn’t sound very friendly! The video, which you can watch here (I won’t embed it, because I try to keep this blog family-friendly), isn’t safe for work . . . but it is very funny.  His “friends” remind me of some of my fellow servicemen during my military days! You can read more about the story here. Peter

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On the road again

Miss D. and I are driving home today, after a brief but enjoyable research trip which included meeting some friends.  It’s going to be a long day on the road, about 11 hours including stops, so we’ll make an early start. Prayers for travelling mercies are, as always, appreciated.  Blogging will be light today (and, as usual on Sundays, tomorrow too).  Regular service will resume Monday, the good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise. Peter

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A happy and blessed Thanksgiving to all my readers

Miss D. and I are several hundred miles from home this Thanksgiving, but we’ll be joining many of her family to celebrate the season.  We had a safe (albeit long and tiring) journey yesterday, and are looking forward to some fun and interesting times over the next couple of days as we do some research for a future book and also meet interesting people. Despite all the challenges of the past year, we have a lot for which to be thankful.  So does our nation, despite the many things wrong with it that seem intractable amid the political polarization and meanness

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A special Sunday morning request

Normally I don’t put up regular blog posts on Sundays, instead offering something in my “Sunday Morning Music” series.  However, Kevin Baker, all-round good guy and author of “The Smallest Minority” blog, is in hospital.  He needs our help. Let his daughter describe what’s going on.  From the GoFundMe appeal she’s launched: Kevin was admitted back to the hospital last night (8/15/18) after collapsing and having to be taken by ambulance to emergency. He had just gotten out of the hospital on Tuesday. . . . A little about my fabulous father. This is a man who took me under his wing

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On the ground at Blogorado

Miss D. and I arrived in Colorado yesterday afternoon, to check in with the gathering crowd of writers, bloggers and shooters at our annual Blogoradogathering.  It was great to exchange hugs and greetings with old friends, and make a couple of new ones, as we rendezvoused at the farm HQ.  The chatter was ceaseless as we caught up on each other’s news, inquired after those who hadn’t yet arrived, and giggled over inanities. There’s a fine crop of kittens at the farm this year (you’ll remember, it’s where we got Ashbutt a couple of years ago).  These aren’t tame at all, and avoid

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