Welcome to My Blog

Welcome to my blog. I’m a writer. Although I came to it late, writing is now intertwined in much of my life.

I’ve written 4 ½ novels about the same character, Anne O’Malley. The first one, Quest for the Ivory Caribou, is available to buy. In it, 60-year-old Anne is depressed by her recent widowhood after a long happy marriage. Her friend Carola convinces her to go from San Diego to Ottawa, Canada, to do genealogical research. There, she finds that she’s related, through marriage, to people in Ungavaq, an Inuit village in northern Quebec. She decides to go there to find what it means for her. Anne compares her life to the Perils of Pauline. What she thought was going to be a quiet slide into old age turns out to be something completely different.

The other four books are in various stages moving toward publication. Chapter 1 of the second book, Twenty-six Eskimo Words, is available to read elsewhere on this site.

In addition to the series about Anne O’Malley, I write book reviews. I was the reviewer for 14 years for the San Diego Horticultural Society’s Let’s Talk Plants, and now I review for a national magazine, The Mensa Bulletin. I’ll post the reviews here that I think are still relevant.

I’ve written two popular history books, American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with my writing partner, Dr. Richard Lederer. A weekly newspaper column based on those books ran for four years in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

I edit Richard’s other books as well as books for friends, although I don’t edit professionally because of time constraints. I teach writing with one class and one private student each week.  And in my free time, I think about writing.

My topics in this blog will be various. I’ll write about writing and editing. I’ll also write about books I’ve enjoyed over the years and share some of my reviews with you. I’ll write a little bit about gardening and cooking. I’m also a science nerd, so you’ll get some of that. Finally, I’ll suggest links to other blogs and websites that I think might interest you.

The first website I recommend to you is Richard Lederer’s www.verbivore.com. He has a wealth of information on many topics. He’s written more than 50 books on language, humor, and history. To give you just a taste, here’s what he writes as his opening paragraph of the website:

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Welcome to the website woven for wordaholics, logolepts, and verbivores. Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words. If you are heels over head (as well as head over heels) in love with words, tarry

here a while to graze or, perhaps, feast on the English language. Ours is the only language in which you drive in a parkway and park in a driveway and your nose can run and your feet can smell.

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If you have any questions about the English language, Richard is your man. You can email your questions to him, and he’ll be glad to give you an answer. You’ll find much of pleasure and of interest at his website. I recommend it to you. But be sure to come back here when you’re done. There’ll be much more here in coming weeks.

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