Meg Raymond

09/18/2015 - 5:47pm
Most-Wanted Westerns

I’ve never really liked horses. The way they side-step with those ginormous, clippy-cloppy hooves, bare those big, big teeth, and roll those huge eyes until the whites show all the way around?  Very scary!  Yes, they are beautiful, and yes, their shiny coats are like stroking silk. But still. Horses. <shudder>

My fear of horses probably is the reason that I never really wanted to read Westerns. But I quite often looked at Westerns.  So many great covers!  So many sub-genres!  I read Doc, by Mary Doria Russell.  And then Epitaph, the sequel. I wanted more, more, more!

I still don’t really like horses, but I have discovered that I really like Westerns! Check out some favorites in my Most-Wanted list.

03/17/2016 - 8:47am
Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer

I only clean my house to loud rock and roll music because a) I know my neighbors love it and b) doesn’t everyone?

05/11/2015 - 1:29am
Raise a Pint! It's American Craft Beer Week

In honor of American Craft Beer Week (May 11-18), raise a pint at one our area’s local breweries, enjoy a draft in your favorite pub or tavern, or just pick up a six-pack to take home. Beer and pizza, beer and good times with friends, beer and backyard barbeques—there are virtually no wrong ways to enjoy a brew. Just don’t overdo it! Be sure to imbibe responsibly.

03/27/2015 - 2:32pm
Books to Go... With Local Libations, Eateries, Markets, & More

BOSS:  Hey, can you create a booklist to highlight downtown Fredericksburg, maybe for Restaurant Week?

ME: <out loud> Sure, that would be FUN!  <to myself> Are you kidding?  What kind of booklist could I do for that? What’s my hook? There is no hook.  Nooooooo. I’m doomed!  Doomed!  I’m gonna need a snack to figure this out.  There are no snacks here.  What snacks do I have at home? Wait. Wait. I’m getting an idea….

03/27/2015 - 10:55am
Cover to Thyme of Death

They say that with age comes wisdom. I’m not so sure—most middle-aged ladies I know (myself included!) seem to not be able to remember anything! Maybe the phrase means the wisdom to say “now, honey, you’re gonna hafta remind me of this conversation, because I surely will forget everything momentarily!”

Now that I have become, ahem, une femme d’un certain âge, I find that I am drawn to mysteries with little old lady sleuths.

03/27/2015 - 11:08am
Cover to All the Clean Ones Are Married

I don’t have a passport. I should have a passport. I need a passport. I want to be the type of person who can jet off to Paris on a moment’s notice. The type of person who is asked to jet off to Paris on a moment’s notice. I’ve printed out many passport applications.

03/27/2015 - 8:39am
 Under the Big Top

I was not a very adventurous child.  I wasn’t boisterous and loud and physically fearless like some of my friends.  I did, however, harbor a secret wish to run away and join the circus.  I was mesmerized by the bright lights and spangles. And maybe even a teensy bit aware that there just might be some...tawdry…aspects to the circus life.

From the safety my reading perch (depending on the season—the back of the sofa, or on top of the furnace vent, or in the shade of the side yard) running away to join the circus seemed possible. I could be transformed from an awkward kid with glasses into a glittering aerialist!

Have some PEEEEANUTS or POPCORRRRN or COTTON CAAANDY and enjoy these circus tales.

04/23/2014 - 3:01am
The Circle by Dave Eggers

Technology for good and wonderful purposes is good and wonderful, right? That is the jumping off point for The Circle, by Dave Eggers. The Circle is a company that has figured out a way to link every bit of online life into one package. Banking, blogging, buying—it’s all connected. No anonymity online—everything is completely polite and nice, as well as totally secure. The company has created or invested in other awesome projects—and all of them are things that Make Life Better. Who doesn’t want to eliminate child abductions? Or, make voter registration super easy—AND immune to any fraud! Or map the entire Amazon rainforest. Or, or, or, or. The list of what the Circle is doing is endless and SO COOL AND INSANELY AWESOME.

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