Posted By on April 3, 2014

I thought that the question of who I am, what kinds of things I liked or didn’t like to do, and what kinds of things I wanted to learn was firmly established. My pattern was set and I didn’t expect it to change. I had a set of rules that defined “Iain” and didn’t imagine there would ever be a need to change them. Naturally, I was completely wrong…this is a story about how I learned I actually wanted things to be different and the changes that followed. (more…)

Book Review: Jackdaws

Posted By on October 20, 2013

I only occasionally read historical fiction1. However, a new friend spoke well of Ken Follet so I grabbed a sampling of his books from our public library to try. I started with Jackdaws which is set in 1944, primarily in Nazi-occupied France. It turned out to be an excellent read, and the only thing preventing me from reading it in one sitting yesterday was that I had other things I had to get done2.


  1. If anything, I lean more toward “what if” historical fiction which goes hand in hand with time travel and alternate universe fiction. :)
  2. For example, making peanut butter cookies. I still haven’t made them yet…

Thanksgiving “Reunion”

Posted By on November 29, 2012

Last Saturday and Sunday (November 26th), Rachel, Nell and I celebrated Thanksgiving with my Aunt Pat, her children and grandchildren. It was a really great visit but way too short. Normally, I drag my feet about traveling of any kind, but this was a very special case, because I hadn’t been in the same place has my Aunt and cousin(s) since I was about 2 or 3 years old…

Book Review: Tritcheon Hash

Posted By on November 27, 2011

Tritcheon Hash isn’t actually my kind of book. I’m certain this is a case where what I think is cool and what the author, Sue Lange, thinks is cool, doesn’t match up. We have different tastes in humor or I don’t actually know the right cultural references to get some of the humor. There is a well-executed and subtle pun I particularly enjoyed. Be careful–it is liable to sneak past you!

Book Review: The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years

Posted By on November 12, 2011

I like sampling fiction, particularly science fiction or fantasy, from other cultures than my own. However, I rarely have any idea how to identify or select works that would interest me. So when a Hungarian acquaintance recommended the Russian author, Chingiz Aitmatov, and his book The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years, I wasted no time tracking down a copy I could read. My thanks to the Inter-Library Loan system and Pickler Memorial Library for loan of the book. An enjoyable read but not at all what I expected…

Questionable Content, Volume 1 (Book/Webcomic Review)

Posted By on October 29, 2011

There are many webcomics available on the web and while I’ve tried many of them, there are only four that I’ve liked, and only two of those that I read regularly. Questionable Content (QC) is one of those two. I love reading this comic. I love enough that I was eager to purchase both of the printed collections. (more…)

Book Review: The Demon’s Apprentice

Posted By on October 27, 2011

Many teenagers’ worries involve grades, sweethearts, and their successes or failures in extra-curricular activities. Not so for Chance Fortunato, unless peddling under-the-table black magick counts as an extra-curricular activity. “Apprenticed” (sold to) to a demon at a young age, he’s more worried about incurring his master’s wrath and the state of his soul than whether he’ll “make the team”. (more…)

Credits, Kudos, Thank Yous

Posted By on October 19, 2011

When I posted earlier, I was too excited and neglected to give proper thanks. Several people have helped me along the way:



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I have the most amazing news today. I mentioned in previous post that I had learned that my father passed away in 2009, and that I was going to call the funeral home on Monday. With such great result, I had relay those results to you at my earliest opportunity.


Estranged Family II

Posted By on October 16, 2011

Several months ago I blogged about not knowing much about my father (or his family)1, whom I hadn’t had any contact with since I was three years old. Since then, I’ve been seeking a way to make contact with my father and/or his family. Eleven days ago, all that I had was my father’s name (which I didn’t have precisely right), my grandmother’s married name, and an aunt’s first name. However, I’ve learned a great deal in the past ten days. Yesterday, I finally learned definitively2 where my father is.

  1. That can be read here: Estranged Family
  2. By definitively, I actually mean a collection of facts sifted from records and makes me 99% confident.