Doctor Dating

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  • 12/15/2014 |
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Doctor Dating
I got dumped by my doctor. Okay, that’s a little dramatic. The truth is, he retired. After spending his entire adult life caring for others and dispensing both medical advice and gentle suggestions, he has moved on to a life of hiking, reading, and enjoying his grandkids. The result, though, is like a breakup for me. I’ve gone to see Dr. Don for 28 years, which, as a sarcastic friend of mine pointed out, is the longest personal relationship I’ve ever had. What a comedian. (Note to self: Find a new friend.) So now I’m sort of in the ‘doctor dating …

Page Count

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  • 12/11/2014 |
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Page Count
About fifteen or twenty years ago I read the first two books in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, then lost interest. The books were fine - and I’d enjoyed many of King’s early pieces - but they just didn’t speak to me for whatever reason. Fast forward to February of this year. I was out with one of my best friends, Paul, and he mentioned the series. He suggested that I give it another chance. So I challenged myself to read the entire seven-book series before the end of the year. Seven books, about 3800 pages. Now, with about three weeks to go, I&rsquo …

Tenth Anniversary of The Comet's Curse

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  • 12/6/2014 |
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Tenth Anniversary of The Comet's Curse
It’s been exactly ten years since I independently published a teenage adventure book called The Comet’s Curse. At the time I had modest expectations; I figured it was a nice companion piece for my school visits and writing assemblies. After all, if you’re going to work with students on developing their creative spark, shouldn’t you write something for them? The book went on to win a shelf-full of awards, including an international grand prize, and was selected by the American Library Association as a Top Pick. Soon it was acquired by one of the most celebrated p …

The Other Side of the Bell

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  • 12/3/2014 |
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The Other Side of the Bell
Disclaimer: This article was written last year, the day after I stood in 4 degree temperatures for three hours. Since I'm heading out again this year - in much nicer weather, thank goodness - I thought it deserved a revival. Feel free to share.   I’ve read that scientists are working on a real cloak of invisibility, one that would allow you to simply disappear. I can save them a lot of time and trouble, because I’ve stumbled onto the secret: Become a bell ringer for a charity during the holidays. A friend of mine volunteers every year, standing outside of …

Interstellar Memories

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  • 12/2/2014 |
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Interstellar Memories
I saw Christopher Nolan’s latest spectacle, the sci-fi film Interstellar. After several people told me it was horrible and several others said it was fantastic, I figured I’d invest a few bucks and find out for myself. My opinion: Somewhere in-between. Visually, it’s very satisfying; story-wise it’s interesting; science-wise it’s borderline, I think. I mean, anytime you’re describing a movie and you say “. . . and then Matthew McConaughey goes into the black hole . . .” Well, I have a problem with that. We don’t seem …