Day 3 on the road: onward to Ohio

Yesterday (Tuesday) Miss D. and I rose at a leisurely hour and hit the road for the short hop from Indianapolis to Dayton, Ohio.  It’s only a couple of hours’ drive, by far the shortest leg of our journey, so we weren’t stressed for time and could relax and enjoy the sights. We were glad to see that agriculture in this part of the world is in a somewhat healthier condition than any other state we’ve been through so far this trip.  We began to see fields where planting had been accomplished, although the crops weren’t as tall as they should be

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Day 2 on the road: onward to Indianapolis

Following our exhausting day’s drive yesterday, Miss D. and I took extra time to rest this morning, rather than make an early start.  That was no problem, because our destination, Indianapolis, was less than four hours by road from St. Louis.  We hit the road by about 10 a.m., and got in at about 3 p.m. local time (changing from Central to Eastern time zones in the process, thus gaining an hour). The roads through Illinois and Indiana were not very impressive.  I don’t know whether it’s the more extreme climate in the north central USA, or a different way of doing things, or

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A new book from Cedar Sanderson

Miss D.‘s and my friend in meatspace and cyberspace, Cedar Sanderson (whom you’ve met in these pages several times before), has just published a new paranormal/crime/whodunnit novel.  This one’s called “Possum Creek Massacre“. This is the second novel in the “Witchward” series.  We met paranormal detective Amaya Lombard previously in the novella “Snow In Her Eyes” (which I also highly recommend). The blurb for “Possum Creek Massacre” reads: Renowned for her witch hunting skills, Detective Amaya Lombard knew that being summoned from the coastal rainforest of Oregon to the backwoods hollers of Kentucky meant the case was something special. From the moment

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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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