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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- This has been a great mail week!  IncomingThe mysterious postcard from North Carolina at the top above was fun because I have no idea who sent it.  Is the "L" for the first or last name? There is really no hint at
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These are the latest three sweater/hat combinations that I have finished for my knitting group's Syrian refugee project. Please take a look at all the sweaters made by the group here: http://sitknitshare.blogspot.com/2018/04/our-group-works-
by James Wallace Harris, Friday, April 20, 2018 I remember watching the first episode of the original Lost in Space when it premiered back in September of 1965. I was thirteen and hooked on reading Heinlein juveniles. Science fiction was my religion.
*  This is one of my favorites:  Penny Berens keeps in touch with her young grandchildren by drawing scenes and characters they might enjoy; when her grandchildren get the letters, they can color them in--a fine co
A rather flooded veg garden So many months of cold, wet weather interspersed with freezing, dark and snowy days - I am feeling so like a snail right now - head still tucked in, trying to stay dry while the... A rather flooded veg garden So many month
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The dailySan Diego newsletter I receive from my old newspaper buddies out there suggested the topic "My Big Story." It was assumed many of the 500 members of retirees and former editorial staffers had a favorite story - or
Happy Easter to all who celebrate it, and happy spring to everyone! The snow is finally retreating up here, and little green shoots are pushing out of the earth, making all of us a lot more cheerful. I've been back... Happy Easter to all who celebrat
by James Wallace Harris, Friday, April 13, 2018 Have you ever wanted to write science fiction? I have. It was always a kind of dream ambition — like other kids wanting to be rock stars,actresses, or football players. I took a creative writi
Fascinating article in The Chronicle of Higher Education:If the political events of 2016 proved anything, its that our [liberal profs] interventions have been toothless. The utopian clap in the cloistered air of the professional conference loses all
Another day trip to Blue Moon Gardens.  Texas highways are in better shape than ours and the wildflowers are gorgeous, lots of Indian Paintbrush and Queen Ann's Lace and Black-eyed Susans and others cover the median and the sides of the high
It's harder every day to watch the news about Syria  from my safe and warm living room, so I jumped at a chance to do some little thing to help.A friend in my knitting group has offered to deliver baby sweaters and hats to the Salaa
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Last Friday of each fiscal quarter.  March, June, September, and December.  Easy to remember. The group of retirees from the Post and Courier have it marked on the calendar. And they wander over to Mt. Pleasant to the Liber
Frozen times down at the pond...Brrr! After the combination visit of 'The Beast from the East'* and 'Storm Emma'** there is a thaw setting in - for which I am glad. I have disliked the bitter cold (-7C and a...  Frozen times down at the pon
A day less, for me, about events of the past or personal hopes for the future, than about the immense injustice and suffering of the world, and my place in it. Here are a few of the pieces we'll be... A day less, for me, about events of the past or p
Two days after the last snow leftI saw the tiny hint of lifein colour, purple, on the mudwhich rain had flooded winter-long,and thought of Spring.Encouraged by the silent sunthe lack of wind, the sudden song- a blackbird sitting on a pole -in air so
by James Wallace Harris, Friday, April 13, 2018 Have you ever wanted to write science fiction? I have. It was always a kind of dream ambition — like other kids wanting to be rock stars,actresses, or football players. I took a creative writi
At left, famous Republican socialite Thomas Ravenel (with Ashley Jacobs), of Bravo network's Southern Charm.Will Folks (whom I interviewed for my own radio show, years ago) has just taken his life in his hands and reported some dirt on Thomas Ravenel
She waits for temperatures to rise, for snow in the garden to melt and reveal the rich dark earth of her outdoor sanctuary.  She waits for sunlight to warm the quiet southern alcoves where snowdrops, hyacinths, daffodils, crocus and tulips m
Sentimentality had me looking back at my beloved blog this morning. It's hard to believe that when I wrote that post Onward Out of Cancer it was actually growing again in my body. And since then I have been on...   Sentimentality had me loo
Incomingfrom Anna from TeresaOutgoingto Anna(another Jackie Long inspired scrappy girl) back-- trying to work something about poetry in somewhere, and I love the quote by Gwendolyn Brooks.to Hannah------------Have
Rabbits at Dawn With Snow FallingWhen you have a cat like Henry, all knitting projects are a challenge. When he was little, he wanted to climb into my knitting bag and play with partly knit sweaters, yarn, and needles. Now that he is more grown up, h
Alone, young birdyIch komme aus meinen Schwingen heim -by Rainier Maria RilkeI come home from the soaring in which I lost myself.I was song, and the refrain which is Godis still roaring in my ears.Now I am stilland plain:no more words.To the others I
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Hen Pheasants The sky pewter, still full of snow, which, after a few hours respite, is falling heavily again. Swirling in the bitter wind, it's laying down another pristine blanket on top of the already soiled and compacted slush out...Hen Pheasants
 Speaking of fake ID cards/drivers' licenses, the College of Charleston (S.C.) was founded in 1770 and chartered 15 years later in 1785. (No indication why there was a 15-year gap but possibly it was tied in with t
I'm lucky to have a husband who enjoys decorating for holidays as much as I do.  We just finished putting all our Halloween decorations in the yard.  This year Ron added a strobe light that flashes ghosts flying all over the house.&
It's Holy Week, and so perhaps it's appropriate to think about olives and Palestine and the garden of Gethsemani -- but also about spring, and light on silver leaves. Over the weekend I did another gouache sketch in a toned-paper... It's Holy Week, a
Another AdventFor Andy, who suggested the possibility.From the darkness that returnseach year we sing our plaintive songand ask that God will come againand fill our lives with what we knowand hardly know is all we need.The fire burns low, the night i
Yep, I'm shutting 'er down.  I have taken this blog and put it into book form for my grandsons and myself, and I am leaving it here because it's still getting traffic even tho I haven't written on it much since we moved to Michigan in 2011.
by James Wallace Harris, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Back in 1949 editors Everett F. Bleiler and T. E. Dikty came out with The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1949 from Fredrick Fell publishers that collected the best science fiction stories that appeare
Here I am explaining to people how much Trump cares about them and how much they'll get from their tax cut! Yes, important economic street action!We are out there every Tuesday at noon on Main Street in Greenville, SC. We plant ourselves in front of
by James Wallace Harris, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Back in 1949 editors Everett F. Bleiler and T. E. Dikty came out with The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1949 from Fredrick Fell publishers that collected the best science fiction stories that appeare
Well, the birch trees came down on Saturday, and I miss them.  I know they had to go, but it hurts to see the loss of shade and interest.  Besides being National Card and Letter Writing Month, April is also&nbs
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An unplanned evening often is the best kind.My buddy came by and we decided to go eat at Yo Bo Cantina in Park Circle.It is well known for it big, fat, and tasty burritos and it's large Mason jars of MargaRitas. During happ
A post 9/11 tile from lower Manhattan, June 2004 Fifteen years ago today, the U.S. invaded Iraq, and I started this blog. I just re-read what I wrote on March 20, 2003 (link here, scroll down to the last entry... A post 9/11 tile from lower Manhattan
I want to write my way from the margins to the center. I want to speak the language of the grasses, rooted yet soft and supple in the presence of wind before a storm. I want to write in the form of migrating geese like an arrow pointing south toward
My box of (broken!) treasures Just a little butterfly? When it comes to material inheritance of monetary worth, I didn't inherit much - my maternal grandmother's Victorian oil lamp; my mother in law's turquoise ring (rescued from a box of...My box of
Henry "the kitten" is almost 9 months old. He keeps growing and growing, as you can see in this photo, taken when he was stretched out on the end of the sofa and as close to the fireplace as he could get. He's a long boy nowYou might remembe
I haven't written a sonnet for 37 years. At that time, I thought I might be halfway through my allotted life span and wrote my first attempt at a sonnet about being at "life's watershed". You can hear the iambic feet, can't you? This afternoon, it be
by James Wallace Harris, Monday, April 9, 2018 I’ve been using the internet long enough to have online friends pass away. I’m in one online book club that has had three members die. I’ve had other internet friends just d
April is National Card and Letter Writing Month I like to send and receive personal mail and have participated in several challenges in the past, but now my goal is simply to send as much mail as I feel like--no more, no less.  The