Enter the Kittens

We’d been talking for some time about adopting new cats. The house has been cat-free for the last 20 months or so, and it seemed empty. We debated adopting a dog instead: T. and I both grew up with dogs and love them, but dogs are a lot more work, and neither of us were […]

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Grief and Moving On

I’ve been seeing a lot of my Facebook friends writing about the passing of a beloved pet lately. Words are hard to find at a time like that — good words, anyway — that will offer real comfort in a time of grief. I have a standard thing I write: “Take comfort that you gave […]

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Day of the Dead Musings

Two fannish acquaintances of mine passed away recently. By Fannish, I mean people who are part of the science fiction fandom community. I first met Fred Duarte at an Armadillocon back in the late 1980s. Later, when I moved to Austin, Texas in 1993, he and his wife Karen Meschke were two of the people […]

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