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Birch Bay Public Market

Friday, May 10 through the end of summer, Cathy and I will be selling her hand-made soaps, lotions, and toiletries, along with my photography, note cards, calenders, books, etc.

Come see us!

Across the street from the C Shop

4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay, Washington 98230


I had an automated blogroll here, powered by Google Reader, but Google, in its near-infinite lack of wisdom, killed Google Reader. Prior to this murder, all I had to do to put a blog on my blogroll (or to take it off) was to place it in a Reader folder called, appropriately enough, "blogroll" (or, of course, to remove it). I use The Old Reader now for following blogs, but it seems to have no way to something similar regarding the blogroll. If you know of a way to do this, please let me know.

Forbidden Tools

I just saw yet another of those “avoid these words and phrases” lists.

It all starts out innocently enough – someone thinks that a word is overused, so they decide to use it less. Fine. But the next thing you know, they’re telling everyone around them that they shouldn’t use it either, and then

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Inventing Metaphor

Every once in a while, the topic of an invented language comes up. Things like Esperanto and Lojban always get thrown around in these discussions. Claims like “Every word will have one meaning, and every meaning will have one word, and we will never misunderstand again!” Yay! Not.

I want a language with ambiguity.

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Metaphor, Simile, and the So-Called “Granny Knot”

I recently received an email from a young lady who says she wants to be a writer. Her question was a fairly simple one, and I will answer it, but first, I am going to address some of the questions she didn’t ask. I replied to her in an email, but this is for all

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