October 2016 archive

Oct 15

Hiking Isle Royale

 My father, brother, and I climbed Isle Royale’s 1,394-foot Mount Desor in June of 1959 in the process of hiking the island’s length. That first night, we were half-sleep in a three-sided lean-to with distant flashes of lightning reflecting off a dark, wind-rippled lake. A sudden storm was sweeping in and the loon calls were …

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Oct 10

Hot Blacktop Ch. 16 – The Home Stretch

A whirlwind of motion flooded the hospital emergency room when the four of them entered. The staff tried to take Danny from Gunner, and he growled like some wild beast. They backed away. Saint said something quietly to him. Gunner’s shoulders sagged, and he nodded as Saint backed up and the attending moved in with …

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Oct 08

The Revenant – A Good Idea for a Novel – Part 1 of 2

  Michael Punke found enough good ideas in the journals about Hugh Glass to write a novel. At the end of the book, the author acknowledged his historical uncertainties. Alejandro G. Inarritu also found good ideas in The Revenant about the life of Hugh Glass. Inarritu strayed far enough from the Punke story to barely …

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Oct 06

October 6, 2016 Blog

“Life is always going to be stranger than fiction because fiction has to be convincing, and life doesn’t.” – Neil Gaiman “Passenger Jet Lands in the Hudson.” That “Miracle on the Hudson” headline filled the front pages of many newspapers, not the pages of a novel. I recently saw the movie “Sully,” which recreated U. …

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Oct 05

First Experiences with Fallout 4: Nuka World

NOTE: This piece only reflects my views of the game as of Sept. 4th, 2016. Any gameplay time accrued after this date is not addressed. Warning: There are minor spoilers ahead. One of the staples of the Fallout series is a fictitious soft drink called Nuka-Cola. You cannot play any of the games in the …

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