I love Christmas, and Christmas décor. How we decorate for the holidays is so personal and tells the world so much about us, with so many stories behind so many unusual things. For instance, I'd love to know what motivated these pig decorations, or attend a holiday party at the gnome house, or hear what … Continue reading Roadside Art: Merry Christmas, (In)Mates!
While schmoozing my way through the Mayor convention -- that's one of the perks of my blog, I can give myself any honorific I want, and this week I'm Mayor of Campfire Tales. Anyway, while enduring the paparazzi with the Mayor of Whoville, he got all name-droppy, so I casually asked, "Guess who's stalking me?" … Continue reading Psst! Wanna Hear a Secret?
Can you please help me choose my bio photo for this site? Previously, I shared some abstract photos of myself, and some silly photos. Good news/bad news: Here come four more! One of these would make a great "About Me" photo on this site -- but which one? (Or should I rotate them throughout the … Continue reading Photo Finish
I've been having a strange weekend... Besides the horrible smell in my fridge that remains unidentified and unpurged (despite my having expelled several possible contenders), plus a super awkward/tense phone call with family, there's this: Things got worse from there, and kinda improved when I got a live person. My solution? Think on other, better … Continue reading States of Mind
He had just about enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wanted to eat, but certainly no more. ~ P.G. Wodehouse She fitted into my biggest arm-chair as if it had been built round her by someone who knew they were wearing arm-chairs tight about the hips that season. ~ P.G. Wodehouse My favorite … Continue reading Please Take That Tone With Me
Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. ~ John Muir
There is no there there. ~ Gertrude Stein Campfire Tales is not meant to be about me. It's about... aw, you already know. I've written many posts about the goal of the blog, what brought me here, and so on. Still, my site feels a little <ahem> faceless. To address that, I've decided to bring … Continue reading This Isn’t Me
Last weekend, I visited friends in Santa Cruz, primarily to celebrate one friend reaching a milestone birthday. It proved to be a low-key weekend - as we'd all secretly hoped - despite almost escaping from an escape room. We were thisclose to getting out. Honest! Afterwards, we decompressed with a Choose Your Own Suds-venture type … Continue reading You’ve Got Whale
How all this started: Too much time having passed since I'd introduced Volcanic Storytelling, I thought, "What would be a fun re-entry that would build on the theme, and make my lofty ideas more palatable? I know! I'll start with the food angle!" Which led to this: Yes -- that was intentional. But then things … Continue reading I Lava Deviled Eggs
Lately I've been thinking a lot about where to go next with Campfire Tales. I have books half-read to review, a letter to disclose, stories to tell, ideas to share, and so on (funny poems) and so forth (just plain awful poems). Plus, waaaay more than all that. In other words, too many choices. My … Continue reading At a Crossroads