Tag Archives: Squatters’ Speakeasy

U is for Unsustainable #AtoZChallenge

Warning: This is a rant. T/read cautiously. “Sustainable” is all the rage around here. Support sustainable agriculture.  Buy island-grown. Reduce your carbon footprint. Recycling is practically a religion. Ditto “rescue” — of animals and the environment. (I was about to … Continue reading

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New House: Lot Clearing

Several new houses have gone up in my neighborhood in the last year or two. What do I consider “my neighborhood”? Mostly it’s the area within about a half mile of my apartment that Travvy walk through at least once … Continue reading

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Changes a-Comin’

Regular readers of this blog will notice that I haven’t been posting much lately. I’ve noticed this too. There are reasons for this. Reasons, I say! Not excuses! Hah. But seriously — in February I started Write Through It, a blog “on … Continue reading

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Taking Stock

Dear From the Seasonally Occupied Territories: You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been around much lately. It’s not that I don’t love you, or think of you often. It’s just that I’ve, well, sort of opened the relationship. Back in … Continue reading

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Moon Walking

After several days of overcast and rain, the sky cleared as the moon was nearing full. It’s stayed clear as the moon wanes. Most nights Trav and I have gone out moon walking. I carry a little flashlight in my … Continue reading

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The Road to the Overlook

Writing about writing is usually boring except to writers, and when writers read writing about writing it’s often because they’re procrastinating or blocked or otherwise not writing. In this blog post I’m writing about writing, but I’m going to dress … Continue reading

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Drumming in the Rain

The second of the three jobs that have kept me crazy-busy since Memorial Day has gone home (on time!). Finally I’m getting back to Squatters’ Speakeasy. What little writing I managed to do in June was mostly tweaking and revising. … Continue reading

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Plotting fiction is like making rock candy. Left to itself, boiled sugar water just sits there. Nothing happens. Well, yes, things happen, but they take so long that it’s a rare soul who’ll just sit there and watch. Not the … Continue reading

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Poison Ivy

The undersung green in the landscape. Everyone rhapsodizes about the coming of spring, but no one rhapsodizes about poison ivy. There’s a lot of it out there. It climbs up trees, it lurks under scrub oak and huckleberry, it even … Continue reading

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Benefit Art Show

After reading The Mud of the Place a friend told me, “I’ve never met any of these people, but I feel like I could run into any of them in the grocery store.” Maybe my favorite compliment ever, not least … Continue reading

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