Friday Explorations

First, I am sorry to report that Raymond Chandler, my trusty sleep apnea BiPAP machine, stopped working. I’ve sent him in to be repaired. If all goes well, I’ll have him back with me soon. Meanwhile, I’ll be sleeping sitting up. If you hear a noise that sounds like God’s woodchipper, that’ll mean I slipped down onto my back and am snoring.

This sounds like fun: The Silver Sofa Surfers club. Older people (ahem) like to have inexpensive vacations, too, but, unlike younger people, aren’t fool enough to crash on the couches of total strangers. The club purports to verify members (for a price, Ugarte, for a price). Then members can sofa surf across Europe or wherever. I would join, but that would mean I have to clean my house now and then.

Julian Peters turns poetry into graphic novel-type pages. Too awesome!

I found some coolio pet sites this week. The first is Tails Pet Media Group, “supporting rescue and adoption since 2000.” It has stuff about wellness, behavior, and all kindsa stuff about all kindsa pets.

Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue is exactly what it sounds like. If you want to know if you’re right for a chinchilla, or what’s safe for a chinch to chew, or where to get chinchillas without supporting chinchilla mill breeding nightmares, this is your one-stop spot. Our #4 daughter has a second-hand chinchilla, and I can tell you that, with patience and affection, you can form a tender and rewarding bond with an animal supposedly too old for socialization. I’m talking about the chinchilla, not our daughter.

Finally, I recommend you to wait but why. Stick figures explain to you about everything, including Facebook and the stars (cosmic, not Hollywood). Enjoy.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character goes looking for a pet.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Friday Explorations

  1. Jane

    December 27, 2013 at 9:50am

    Some highly EXCELLENT sites!!!

    I tried waitbutwhy and Julian Peters. Too good to be true. I love it when other folks labor so hard and then just share it all with us! Such is the meaning of the Season!

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      Marian Allen

      December 27, 2013 at 10:51am

      Read the one about Facebook postings, and you’ll see what you’re missing by not being on Facebook. Or, you know, not.

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