Overheard in the Wolfe House #298

by Peggy on September 29, 2015

Peggy: Rules for writing a resume aren’t black and white.

Sam: So, not like 1960s television.


Overheard in the Wolfe House #297

by Peggy on September 24, 2015

Sam (after playing “good cop”): Mom, you were really pushy this morning.

Peggy (after playing “bad cop”): Yes, I was.

Sam (face in hands): I’m not sure it was the right thing.



Sangria and The Loser (with homemade falernum)

August 30, 2015

Here are some cocktail recipes my co-workers helped me taste test, here at the house, on a recent Saturday night, playing Cards Against Humanity. We’re good people. Really we are. I didn’t set out for the party to have a cocktails-with-a-literary-twist Tequila Mockingbird theme, but it did. I think that’s because we writers enjoy a good drink. We’ve done […]

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More fun with Arduino

August 26, 2015

I asked Sam if these little Arduino computer-building projects he does once a month at North Branch Library was just building, or coding, too. He says he has to edit code to get the devices to do what he wants them to do. Here are two more short videos of the results of the build. […]

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What we do for air conditioning

August 23, 2015

I doubt my late husband could have convinced me to move from California back to Texas without the miracle of air conditioning. I still marvel at how I lasted the first months of my freshman year at North Texas State University, moving from central Wisconsin into an un-air conditioned room on the fourth floor of Bruce Hall. […]

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How long can this go on? (Or, where’s my hockey stick?)

August 15, 2015

 Yesterday, fellow Mayborn winner Dan Burns asked a provocative question on his Facebook page: FIVE COMFORTING AUTISM LIES – A SUMMARY 1. There is no autism epidemic. 2. Autism is genetic and has always been with us. 3. Autism is nothing to worry about. It is just another way of being. 4. The belief that vaccines […]

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Reflections on nine years and three days

August 2, 2015

Saturday we took care of errands ending up at the grocery store just before lunchtime. About halfway through our trip, we saw an assistant manager leading three new trainees around the store, pointing out the location of various items. Sam stopped and watched for a second. Then he announced that three days before was the […]

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Building Arduinos

July 28, 2015

Tonight was Sam’s second time to go to North Branch Library and their meet-up group for Arduino. Sam says there’s a lot to explain about Arduino. “The possibilities are endless,” he says. “You can build drones. But today, it was mostly about building electronic musical instruments.” For example, he built this little theremin today. He […]

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Summer Slushie

July 27, 2015

So refreshing! My dad made these for us once years ago. When I realized I had both strawberries and watermelon in the kitchen, I tried to remember what he did. After I was finished, I recalled that he tossed in a few ice cubes to help the blender along, but I didn’t do that today. (When you have […]

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Blueberry Pie

July 9, 2015

Rita Pooler won a wild blueberry pie contest in Maine with this recipe. I pulled it off the Martha Stewart website in the 1990s. It’s still there, if you search “Rita’s Simply Blueberry Pie” there or on just about every other major foodie web site. We don’t have wild blueberries in North Texas, but every […]

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