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Challenger Deep

Posted by on May 11, 2017 | 0 comments

Challenger Deep

I was looking at some historical speeches today and I happened to catch one I’d never heard before, but has quite a lot of childhood emotion wrapped up in it for me: Reagan’s speech following the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle. It’s striking to me, while I’m no fan of Reagan’s in particular, that his love for this country and its institutions is so obvious in every line. And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle’s takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful...

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Dia de los Reyes

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 | 1 comment

Dia de los Reyes

I don’t often reminisce about my childhood in this space or anywhere else. As I said in my last post about meeting Buzz Aldrin much of my childhood is a murky place and there are few things I remember with anything like clarity. One thing I do remember though, is celebrating the Dia de los Reyes. In my house, it was an even bigger deal than Christmas. I hate to tell you that you’ve been celebrating the birth of Christ wrong all these years, but you really have. The tradition of giving gifts started with the three kings who didn’t arrive until twelve days after his birth on...

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A story about a Girl and an Astronaut

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 | Comments Off on A story about a Girl and an Astronaut

A story about a Girl and an Astronaut

I met an astronaut when I was in fifth grade. It wasn’t John Glenn, though his passing today has reminded me of the experience and the lasting impact it had on my life.   I was a girl who wasn’t particularly interested in math or science. What I was interested in was astronauts. I don’t know where the obsession came from. I’m a few years too young to be caught up in the moon landing craze, but for some reason astronauts have always seemed like the pinnacle of exploration and adventure. There was an essay contest for girls and the winners were going to the Talcott...

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Top Seven TV Shows

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 | Comments Off on Top Seven TV Shows

Top Seven TV Shows

Continuing the theme of last week’s post, but this time collecting my favorites for the small screen. This list is much harder for me to winnow down, mostly because there’s always a tendency for shows that are still on air to bump other deserving series off. What I’m currently binge watching also seems much better than it should probably rate it in an overall list just because of the recency. In the end, I decided to go with the shows I watch over and over again.   1. Veronica Mars For me, this is the holy grail: smart dialogue, amazing acting, crisp writing. Veronica...

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Top Seven Movies

Posted by on Aug 20, 2016 | Comments Off on Top Seven Movies

Top Seven Movies

I saw this floating around on Twitter last week, and I knew 140 characters wasn’t going to be enough to say what I really wanted to say about all these movies, so I decided to make it a blog post instead. Here they are, in no particular order. The Abyss Adventures on an underwater drilling platform. To tell you much more is to spoil the best thing about this movie. Main female character is the on who designed the platform.                 Aliens It’s got everything: creepy aliens, space marines, women kicking ass, and most especially witty...

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Memories

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 | Comments Off on Memories

Memories

In case you missed it, one of my stories is available to read for free on Diabolical Plots this month. “Sustaining Memory” is a science fiction short story about a woman losing her memories one at a time to power a machine that could restore life to her dead planet. Memories are an interesting subject to write about because there are so many aspects of them that lend themselves easily to fantasy or science fiction stories. What I chose to examine was the impact memories have on our sense of self. The main character of the story must feed her memories into a machine that...

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