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200,000 Hits!!!!

I’m sure the 200,000th hit at I Must Be Off! was a Russian spambot. They do love me. I owe a great debt to my Russian spambot followers. Thank you for following my posts so closely, spamskis! And thank you for your ├╝bercreative, grammatically incorrect comments! And then there are the real followers. Thank you […]

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The Last Rays of Summer

Every year around this time, Otto the Bavarian Zookeeper and I go through the same ritual. We begin to say things like “Well, Otto the Bavarian Zookeeper, this weekend will be our last opportunity to go hiking, so we should make the most of it, eh?” or “So, Otto the Bavarian Zookeeper, how about one […]

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Do I really have to pronounce everything correctly when abroad?

How do you react when you hear someone mispronounce a place name or a famous person’s name? A few years ago I was hanging around the lobby of the MoMA in NYC waiting for my friends to get their museum fix. As you know, if you’ve kept up with my travels, I hate museums. Actually, […]

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Indiana Review 1/2 K Prize Results

I’m thrilled that my story “When Susan Died the First Time” was chosen as a finalist in Indiana Review‘s 1/2 K Prize competition. Writers use that word “thrilled” a lot. I don’t use it lightly. Indiana Review is one of the top 50 places to be published in the US, and it’s cool. Indiana Review […]

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