Monthly Archives: May 2014

vintage videos: “karma police”

Haunting.     Radiohead    

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when the world was young: dungeons & dragons

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days   Good grief, is D&D really 40 years old?   I first encountered Dungeons & Dragons back in my sophomore year of high school (so we’re talking 1981 or … Continue reading

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vintage videos: “say it isn’t so”

I could have included this in the list of guilty pleasures I posted awhile back, but I was saving it for now.  I never cared for Hall & Oates, but I have to confess that I really, really like this … Continue reading

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a quick review of “godzilla”

Like many of you, I saw Godzilla over the weekend.  I’ve been a fan since I was a little kid, watching old monster movies on Saturday morning TV, right after cartoons.  So what did I think?     What I … Continue reading

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vintage videos: “modern love”

If you hear a song and it has keyboards + saxophone + cymbal/snare drumming only, odds are good it’s from the ’80’s.     Boys and girls, this fellow’s name is David Bowie, and…well, he’s hard to sum up, because … Continue reading

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teacher appreciation: the early years

The latest in a series recognizing the best teachers I had.   Through almost all of my school years, I was lucky to have several outstanding teachers, beginning as early as 4th grade, with Roger Ricketts, my homeroom teacher at … Continue reading

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vintage videos: monkey

It’s true that I am a hard-rock metal head, but I do appreciate some dance music every now and then, and this song was pretty kickin’.  For those of you of the younger persuasion, this is the guy your mom … Continue reading

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our wild place

I wrote Our Wild Place in 2006 as a proposed picture book, back when I was contemplating doing children’s literature instead of young adult fiction.  Perhaps some time in the future, I’ll get together with my artist friend James Arnold … Continue reading

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when the world was young: star wars

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days   In the previous installment of this series, I discussed a number of sci-fi movies from the 1970’s that have influenced and continue to influence my writing.  The greatest … Continue reading

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vintage videos: can’t do nuttin’ for ya man

Do you have a friend or relative who constantly screws up…and who constantly shows up at the worst possible time, whining to you to help their sorry asses out?  If so, then this song is for you—and them.   (Language … Continue reading

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