Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Kissing Test

Now that I am between stories, I thought I might go and audition for some commercials. This one looks interesting............

Friday, January 25, 2008


Got a phone call this afternoon.

Another friend  has died. Yesterday.


I had not seen him in many years, but I knew him from high school. We dated briefly. He was my first writing partner. I will post the story we wrote together 30 years ago, "Whispering Stone", later. He was an eccentric genius. Made a film at 16 called "Spiderweb". It was never released. But it was good. 

His girlfriend called me. She said that I was someone that Mark always liked and highly respected. Ditto me for him. He was a gentle soul, who wrote one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life. "Crackerjacks". It has never been published. 

May he rest in peace. And if you're so moved, please send a prayer up for Pat. This was completely unexpected and she could use the support.  Thanks.

Friday, January 18, 2008

FRIDAY FIVE: Read Any Good Books Lately?

RevHRod's turn this week, who says:
"The website promoting this piece of art says, "For the first time, the worlds most influential religious texts are brought together and presented on the same level, their coexistence acknowledged and celebrated”. The shelf is made of reclaimed wood that contains seven religious books. The designers have put them – literally – on the same level. (For the life of me I could not copy and paste the actual picture. This is a substitute-PG)

Well, pish posh! I think that some books ARE better than others! How about you?"

What book have you read in the last six months that has really stayed with you? Why?
"The Testament of Gideon Mack" by James Robertson. Quotidian Grace  recommended it. It is a very strange and haunting tale of a minister who has lost faith meeting the devil. 

What is one of your favorite childhood books?
It's between "Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass" and "Dune" by Frank Herbert

Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Do tell!
I always return to the Psalms in good times and bad. And I like Luke's gospel best.

What is one book you could read again and again?
"The World According to Garp". And I have.

Is there a book you would suggest for Lenten reading? What is it and why?
I'm drawing a blank here. Look forward to what y'all recommend. 

And because we all love bonus questions, if you were going to publish a book what would it be? Who would you want to write the jacket cover blurb expounding on your talent?
*rubbing hands together with glee* Well now! Funny you should ask! I'm going to try to publish two books of my chancel plays this year in one volume..... Then I'm going to work on publishing a volume of my stories and poems....... And then *she said in her best Edith Anne impression* I'm going to finish one of my really long stories and work on publishing that one! And I will probably ask the following to write my jacket blurb (Thank you, I hadn't thought of that yet): Quotidian Grace for the chancel dramas (if she likes them); Princess Mindy and SpookyRach for the stories and poems. Not sure for the long story. Thanks for asking!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Borrowing today from Toby at Classical Presbyterian:

“When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.”

--Abraham Kuyper
(interesting fellow. Dutch like 1/4 of me, home schooled, studied Arabic, Armenian and physics in the "gymnasium" (as secondary schools were called), a minister and a politician. Called "bellringer of the common people". Very curious politics. Sure love this quote)

(.....the story will continue. It's hard to write. And probably hard for some to read. It's one of those I gotta get out of the way. But I can't do it on me own.)

Saturday, January 12, 2008


"My unreality is chiefly this: I have never felt much like a human being. It's a splendid feeling."

Margaret Anderson, magazine editor, on her genius

Tuesday, January 01, 2008


Happy New Year to You, young friend Soul and Culture
Here's a toast to a New Year filled with blessings galore
good work and good friends and good coffee too,
fun and peace and good chocolate, now who could ask for more?

May all your time spent working with Urban Skye
fill your artist's right side with great joy
and your days with your left side counting up all the beans
be work that brings rewards you can share and enjoy

And may your most secret wish for this coming New Year
plant it's seeds in the most fecund, fertile, fruitful dirt
so that by spring it's young shoots will burst through the ground
and bring you life's sweetest desserts.