In completely non-related matters, we've been fogbound for the last two or three days - and I do mean just WE - apparently accross town the sun is shining brightly. Go figger. Microclimates rule, OK, and it seems that Bellingham is blessed with them in abundance - we will not forget in a hurry the time a few years back - right about this time of year, as it happens, a few years back - when we came to an intersection and discovered that it had snowed. JUST on that intersection. The road and the four corners were white with it. Within the circumference of a few yards, there was a sharp boundary and then there was no trace of snow. It was as though someone's prayers were answered - very locally, very precisely - with no fallout, as it were, going anywhere but Right Here. The WHite Christmas Star [grin].
And speakign of Christmas... yes, I know it's WAYYYYY to early and I won't break into a song-and-dance routine of 'Feliz Navidad" - but here's a thought concerning presents for all of you out there who have readers on your lists. Go out and get them a book. If you like a particular book or a particular author, and you already own that book yourself, and if you can afford to do so, go out and buy another copy of a favourite book and give it to someone else who might appreciate it. It's a gift three times over - you get the joy of KNOWING you're giving someone something good; the recipient gets something deeply valuable and somethign that is very special to you; and it's an investment in your favourite author's career, so that there will be a NEXT book. The authors are up to you and your own tastes, but I know many people who are writing wonderful books which will make wonderful presents. So look out for these names (amongst others):
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Guy Gavriel Kay
Many, many others, but that will do for starters.
Happy reading, and happy holidays!