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We Try It: DIY Laundry Detergent

I made my own powdered laundry detergent and it was not a disaster! I recommend it if you are bored — or maybe cheap. Sometimes, the Internet gets into my brain and compels me to attempt A Project. I’m particularly susceptible to “efficient” or charming domestic capers like making my own Irish Soda Bread (such […]

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Women of Science Fiction: Lois McMaster Bujold’s Falling Free

I had been meaning to check out Lois McMaster Bujold’s sci-fi novels for a couple of years (because I really enjoyed her Sharing Knife fantasy series), but my local libraries and bookstores never had the straight-run of her popular Vorkosigan Saga novels. As a slightly off-topic aside: nothing puts me off a writer or a […]

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Women of Science Fiction: Anne McCaffrey’s The Ship Who Sang

I wanted to write reviews of science fiction written by women, and I thought I’d start off with a classic. Anne McCaffrey’s The Ship Who Sang is extremely readable sci-fi. It is perhaps a bit light on the science; this may be a good thing, since what science it does have is a little dated […]

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Stars Fell on Alabama

… And why wouldn’t they? On our last day in Alabama, as my husband was closing up the moving truck and I was running around doing a final few cleaning chores, the neighbor who lived “behind” us (the house behind our back fence, the one with the all-night floodlights directed right into our bedroom window) […]

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Will Teach for Food

During and after graduate school, I did a lot of tutoring–in the university writing center and International Students English Center, and as an independent contractor–when I wasn’t teaching English composition to undergrads. For a while, and especially in the summer, my daily schedule was filled from 10 in the morning to sometime around midnight, with […]

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: What Meal Would Make You Famous?

Sometimes after a meal at a particularly disappointing restaurant, my brain goes into a frenzy/whirl of menuing better dishes. It’s like coming up with the perfect witty comeback hours (or days) later, but with tasty food ideas. Needs a wedge of lime, I smirk. Am I supposed to be impressed by this lurking sweet pickle?