The Invisible Route

There's a road that prohibits cars on a quarter of its distance. It's a work in progress, an attempt to span the distance from the Canadian border in Maine to Key West, Florida entirely off-road. Most people I tell about The East Coast Greenway have never heard of it. Perhaps the Greenway signs, much smaller … Continue reading The Invisible Route


Deconstructed: The Queen of Attolia

Megan Whalen Turner is the master of saying so much without actually saying it. It’s not until the coin has dropped at the end of the story, and you go back and re-read it, that you realise just how much import each word and each action has. Warning: May be minor spoilers! They will not … Continue reading Deconstructed: The Queen of Attolia

Dog Spa

A while back, I publicly admitted to having become one of those “kissy-kissy, smoochie-smoochie” dog owners. “Dog mommies”, if you insist. Lately, this has become even more true, especially after bringing the mutt along with the rest of the family for a camping vacation. Prior to this trip, she had tended to be a bit … Continue reading Dog Spa

Summer Reading: A Hologram for the King

I select my vacation books before embarking the way other people pack their outfits: What activities will I be doing, and for how much of the time? What mood will I be in, and what books will suit it? How do I hope to feel while I’m away? And do I have enough room in … Continue reading Summer Reading: A Hologram for the King

Summer Reading: A Short History of Nearly Everything

If there’s one thing I took away from reading Bill Bryson’s hilariously informative A Short History of Nearly Everything, it’s that science knows very little about very little (the other one being that just about everything is credited to the wrong people). Most of what we know is all from circumstantial evidence. It’s a bit … Continue reading Summer Reading: A Short History of Nearly Everything

Summer Reading: How I Came to Sparkle Again

It actually took me a while to come up with a book I could stick with long enough to finish. I started a few in different genres, but I just couldn't get anything to get it's hooks into me. Perhaps it was the low level chaos that always lurks in my house. (Young kids. Comes … Continue reading Summer Reading: How I Came to Sparkle Again

Deconstructed: Pacific Rim

"Pacific Rim" is one of the huge Summer blockbusters, and its core concept can be summed up in five words: Giant robots fighting giant monsters. It sounds ridiculous, like any other movie on the ever-growing list of brainless action fare. But it’s one of my favourite movies so far this year. And for reference, this … Continue reading Deconstructed: Pacific Rim

Tag Lines

I'm just back from a week of family camping. Blended family camping at that. Probably the most likely way to cause people to rub each other the wrong way is to stick them in close quarters. In the rain, even a six person tent gets tiny real fast. Getting them to set up the campsite … Continue reading Tag Lines

Summer Reading Week 2

Since the last book review week went well, we're doing it again this August. We're looking for reviews that tell us where you read the book and why. Date: 19--23 August 2013 Length: Whatever you like, but 500–1000 words is suggested. Pick a book you've read recently, and tell us why you read it. Tell … Continue reading Summer Reading Week 2

Deconstructed: Star Wars Revenge of the Sith

All the younglings watching the battle in Coruscant’s sky know it: when Anakin and Obi-Wan get there, those dirty [Separatists] are going to wish they’d stayed in bed today. The adults know better, of course. That’s part of what being a grown-up is: understanding that heroes are created by the HoloNet, and that the real-life … Continue reading Deconstructed: Star Wars Revenge of the Sith