Archive for December, 2011

2011 in review

Posted: December 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Here’s my interpretation of Winter for WordPress’ weekly photo challenge.  On the Oregon coast we can have some incredible storms as warm, wet air from Hawaii collides with cold Canadian air.  I love watching the spectacle.

I don’t know about you but I find myself getting lost on the internet very quickly.  I find one good blog to read and that leads to three more and those lead to an exponential number of open tabs in my browser session.  Every time I want to tell you about every single one of them because they are so much fun.  I started clipping them with Evernote but even that is getting unmanageable.  Wow!  The instant gratification of the net!!  So here is a top ten list of what I’ve found this evening.  I hope you enjoy them.  Let me know if you have any favorites that would appeal to me.  I love new adventures.

Brain Pickings is blog about a little bit of everything.   “Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.”

My newest addiction is Pinterest where people pin up interesting things they discover.  Things like this treehouse or this the Holstee Manifesto.

Or sometimes I just find interesting articles, like 20 Mind Melting Examples of Light Painting.

Have you ever seen Typography Portraits?  I love typography.  It’s fascinating to see how evocative type face can be.

My favorite magazine are mental_floss (Where Knowledge Junkies Get Their Fix) and Popular Science.

But the absolute ultimate in food for your brain has to be TED, described as “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world”.  Check out Mathemagic, which is guaranteed to astound you even if you don’t like math.  Listen to the very remarkable Sarah Kaye talking about “If I should have a daughter”.  There is so much to explore on TED that you could spend a life time visiting with some of the greatest minds of our time.

Where do you spend your internet time?


Happy holidays to everyone!  Now that the hustle and bustle of Christmas is winding down a bit, I thought I’d send out a little treat.  The first ten chapters of the Alice Anne McDonnell mystery novel The Banker’s Murder List are now published for your reading pleasure.  If you’ve been reading the book, you can jump right into Chapter 5 and continue. If you haven’t started the book yet, go to Chapter 1.

This is a sneak preview of the book which will go on sale on Amazon during January of 2012, so please pass it along to all of your friends.  Like it.  Tweet about it.  Share it all over the place.  My desire is to entertain you.  Maybe give you a few minutes’ break from all the craziness going on in your life.  Give you a little escape.  I hope you find it to be all of that.


WordPress’ photo challenge this week is “Between”, and this is my interpretation of it.  Ivy growing between two slabs of a retaining wall.  I liked the contrast of the living green against the grainy weathered wood.  I hope you enjoy it.

How would you imagine “Between”?


Who wouldn’t like a free copy of the newest book by a best selling author?  Do I have a deal for you!  L. J. Sellers’ newest Detective Jackson story has been released and she’s doing a special promo.  Follow this link to download a copy of the eBook for the low, low price of commenting on her blog and giving her your email address.  What can be better than that?!

Here’s the story:  Thursday night, a young veteran’s throat is slashed in a parking lot. Friday morning, an older women dies of a heart attack when she realizes her bank account has been cleaned out. The homicide-scene evidence points to the man’s cheating wife, but when Detective Jackson finds bizarre materials in their home and a link to a phony charity, the case gets complicated. When another man is killed, Jackson and his team decide to follow the money—but can they find the trail before anyone else is murdered

I’ve been enjoying getting to know L. J.’s Detective Jackson.  I hope you’ll enjoy him as much as I am.

My partner, Cee Neuner, does a weekly “Share Your World blog” where she lists four questions for people to answer about themselves.  I love reading the answers.  Please take a moment to bop on over there and leave your answers.  It’s great fun.