A final reminder about the Dragon Awards

As I mentioned some days ago, a reader contacted me to ask about nominating one of my books for this year’s Dragon Awards.  That was a pleasant surprise, and I invited him to go ahead, on the understanding that there are many good books out there, and I don’t think I’m likely to be in the running this year. Be that as it may, the deadline for nominations is July 20th.  Therefore, if you think the book is good enough, please use the DragonCon nomination form to nominate “An Airless Storm” for this year’s awards, in the category “Best Military

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Aaaawwwww!

From a collection of pictures of heartwarming kids and their antics over at Pitsnipes Grips (warning:  that blog is sometimes NSFW, although this post is OK), here’s one that made me smile. There are lots more at the link.  Enjoy! Peter

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Sometimes Nature is just too cool for words

Here’s a wonderful video clip, filmed from a drone, of a blue whale mother and her calf swimming with dolphins off San Diego on June 4th.  I recommend muting the music soundtrack and watching in full-screen mode.  Clearly, the dolphins are treating the blue whale just as they would a ship, and swimming in front of her and her calf in playful mode. All together, now:  Aaaawww! Peter

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Cabin pron

I’ve seen posts on several blogs from time to time offering pictures of picturesque cabins in the woods, in the mountains, at the seashore, etc.  I was reminded of them when I found this image on Gab this morning.  Clickit to biggit. Imagine waking up to that view in summer!  It’d be great.  Winter . . . not so much, I guess.  I imagine it’d be really cold up there! Peter

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Not the Moodiest of Blues

I’ve enjoyed the music of the Moody Blues, particularly their original seven albums, for many years.  I was therefore intrigued to learn that an early version of their song “The Story In Your Eyes“, slightly extended from the one that was released and with slightly different vocal patterns, had been recorded in 1970.  It languished unremembered until 2008, when it appeared on the remastered version of their album “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour”.  It’s different enough that it caught my attention, so here it is. How young they were then – and how young I was . . . innocents

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So much for emotional support animals

Considering our recent discussion of emotional support animals (ESA’s), I couldn’t help laughing at yesterday’s Pearls Before Swine comic strip.  Click the image for a larger version at the comic’s Web page. I still think the best ESA story I’ve ever heard of comes from the boss of Dreadnaught Industries here in Texas.  He registered a longhorn steer as his emotional support animal!  I’d pay money to watch the reactions of airline employees as he tried to take that on board a plane with him . . . Peter

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What goes around, comes around

Many were outraged by the formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2011.  I wrote about it at the time, as did many others.  It was Big Brother writ large, bypassing constitutional limitations and congressional oversight.  Sure enough, it became a means to funnel large sums to left-wing, progressive causes with no way to monitor or control the flow. However, by appointing (not without opposition) a new director for the CFPB, President Trump has stripped away its veil of self-created secrecy, and the light is beginning to dawn.  Schadenfreude was the order of the day on Capitol Hill yesterday. 

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Good news! The Home is back on the Range!

Fellow blogger, author and friend in meatspace and cyberspace, Brigid, has returned to active blogging.  She has a post up explaining what made her stop for a while. Brigid’s always been one of the more thoughtful and thought-provoking bloggers out there.  She has depths to her, and is able to express them poetically and poignantly.  If you’ve been a fan of hers in the past, you’ll rejoice with me that she’s back.  If you haven’t read her work before, it’s high time you did! Click over to “Home on the Range” and bookmark it for future reference. Peter

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