Earthquake felt on La Palma

Did the earth move for you? We had an earthquake at 5:45 pm. The whole family felt it, which is unusual. (Normally I say, “What was that?” and the rest of the family reply, “What was what?” and nobody believes me until the evening news mentions it.) But this time was different. Most people on La Palma seem to have felt it, and my husband thinks it was bigger than…

December 27, 2013

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2013

A very Merry Christmas to both my readers A very Merry Christmas to you all. (The William Herschel Telescope has a laser to measure atmospheric turbulence, in order to correct for it. But really, it’s very low powered and no danger to flying reindeer. Santa is quite safe.)


Chain Blog Post

 Patsy Collins talked me into joining the Writing Process Blog Tour. She’s a novelist and short story writer. Her short story collection is currently available to download FREE from Amazon HERE I’m supposed to answer four questions, so here goes. What am I working on? I’m putting the finishing touches to an anthology of short stories for children. Technically, it’s what Ursula Le Guin called a story suite. Rather than a bunch…

December 23, 2013

The Christmas Road Train

If you were shopping in Santa Cruz last week, you might have seen a road train full of infants, grinning and waving, and shouting out “¡Feliz Navidad!” The road train belongs to the local bus company. It’s available for hire all year, but it seems to be pretty solidly booked in the last week of school term. The school where I used to work had a regular routine. We put…

December 18, 2013