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Dec.17.2011
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.---Proverbs 14:4 The longer I've been writing the more I realize that very few "civilians" realize how messy the creative process is.  Creative people have messy cribs.  I mean in the figurative sense....
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Dec.04.2011
Norm Crosby, that brilliant bungler of the King's English describes his college roommate, who knew everything about everything as "...a regular suppository of knowledge." Ah yes.....I now have something to aspire to.  I want to be known as a regular suppository of knowledge.  I realized...
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Dec.04.2011
I've come to the conclusion that people who aren't funny shouldn't try to be comedians. Although this seems to be a "no-brainer", it's a fundamental requirement that seems to be lost on the latest breed of "humorists."  One of the...ahem....blessings of having satellite TV is access to a...
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Dec.03.2011
I'm passionate about the subjects of which I write, namely science and electronics.  I've managed to get paid for these passions for nigh unto thirty years.  I also have opinions on a wide range of subjects, although these opinions fail to qualify as passions.  Oddly enough, nobody's...
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Dec.03.2011
I get some flack once in a while.  I have now been an Alaskan for 35 years, which is far longer than necessary to be a Sourdough.  When my in-laws and outlaws leared II was a puslished writer, they wanted to know why I didn't write Alaskan adventure stories like Jack London, or Robert...
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Dec.02.2011
O Happy Day!  I see that Congress has lifted a long-standing ban on the sale of horse meat.  Now before you all gallop out and stock up for the holiday season, here are a few culinary pointers. Most horsemeat Iat least pre-ban horsemeat) comes from horses who are, shall we say, a bit long...
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Nov.23.2011
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Since 2000, I have made 6 trips to the Thailand/Burma border wo work with the Karen Hill Tribe refugees.  Although I have countless memorable photos from the area and the people, this photo from my first trip ever to Thailand still grabs me.  This dirt poor little village girl in Mae...
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Nov.19.2011
Well, Lads and Ladlets, I have some great news!  Well, great for ME, anyway.  I have just signed a contract with The American Radio Relay League (the venerable ARRL) for a ponderous tome, Radio Science for the Radio Amateur.  This will be a bit more serious than The Opus of Amateur...
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Sep.03.2011
In middle school, our librarian was Mrs. Krutschnitt.  Yes, that was her real name, proverbially appropriate for a stern librarian.   Stereotypes exist for a reason.  Mrs. Krutschitt was a caricature of a librarian; she wore a bun and nad those glasses like the snakes in Far...
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Aug.28.2011
Stay tuned for the rest of the story.
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Aug.21.2011
My dad was a strong advocate of forced child labor.....MINE.  Miraculously enough, I managed to survive my childhood intact,   As a result of my traumatic youth, I find I am able to use a slide rule, operate a drill press,, balance and true a bicycle wheel , write a coherient...
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Aug.14.2011
I bought a new shop vac yesterday.  It wasn't the real reason I went into town.  I had intended on merely getting a new flush handle for our downstairs toilet, but our friendly local "Home Despot" had stacks of these shop vacs sensuously placed by the checkout counter.  I think this...
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Aug.12.2011
Now that most schools have opted to do away with cursive writing instruction, the torment formally known as penmanship, I find myself ruminating on the implications. I wrote my first novel longhand....for no other reason than that, at that time, I hadn't learned how to type.  By the third revision...
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Aug.07.2011
As I was finishing up the final manuscript revision of The Opus of Amateur Radio Knowledge and Lore, I realized that every thougtht I'd ever had was incorporated in the work.  This was rather disconcerting after realizing the entire volume was well under 400 pages, including sidebars and appendices...
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Aug.02.2011
Grammar isn't rocket science.  Despite the various ingrained inconsistencies in English, for the most part, grammar is common sense and logic. Evidently, our "award winning" local newspaper hasn't gotten the message, especially when it comes to those pesky little non-alphabetic doodads...
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