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Happy Halloween to you!

Joyeux Halloween ! Out of curiosity, do you say HALoween or HOLLOween? The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is my favorite piece from Fantasia, but speaking as an orchestral musician, I hate playing it. I asked a top-notch professional oboist for help with the music. She just scowled and said “That whole page is unplayable!” You’ll have to […]


Picture It – A budding book illustrator? #PictureIt

Picture It – A budding book illustrator My grandson, Wesley, drew this picture for me to illustrate my latest book, Alien Contact for an Enhanced Nutcracker. Remember what they say: don’t judge a book by its cover. What do you think — does Wesley have a future as a cover artist?      

Picture It – The dream house #mfrwauthor #PictureIt

Picture It – our old house Here’s an oldie — my mother holding our second-born son in front of our old house in B.C. That place was pretty much our dream home. Still would be, maybe, if it were 300 miles or so closer to civilization.

Picture It – Twiggles the Dog #mfrwauthor #PictureIt

Picture It – Twiggles the Dog Judi and I have heard that black dogs in shelters have a hard time getting adopted in this modern era, partly because they don’t photograph as well. The surplus of poor black rescue dogs is one reason we deliberately chose our tailless schnoodle — schnauzer/poodle mix. Getting a decent […]

Picture It – historic root beer #mfrwauthor #PictureIt

Picture It – A history lesson Tucson, Arizona is one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns in the United States — since about 1300. What was life like in the desert, 700 years ago? For one thing, root beer was really cheap: This sign was uncovered while refinishing a dwelling in the Barrio, the oldest […]

Picture It #mfrwauthor #PictureIt

Picture It – Reading Fine Literature My youngest grandson has superb taste in literature! In case you don’t understand what I mean by ‘superb taste’, here’s an enlargement of the book’s cover. The hardcover edition of this science fiction novel hasn’t been available for over decade, so the book’s way older than he is:  

Picture It #mfrwauthor #PictureIt

Picture It- The Demon Tree Down the street from us is a park with a tree that looks like an ordinary mesquite . . . until you stand beneath it and look up. My son and his friend call this tangle of grotesque branches the Demon Tree.

Picture It – Banff #mfrwauthor #PictureIt

Picture It The family and I recently took a trip to Banff National Park in Canada. Here’s an example of the scenery: Castle Mountain is one of the famous mountains in Banff. Way up there on a ledge by the snow field, you can just make out some brave evergreen trees shivering in the cold.

Picture It – sparklers #mfrwauthor #PictureIt

Picture It I was going to post a pic today from a recent trip to Banff National Park in Canada, but that would be downright unpatriotic. Instead of Banff, here’s a pic I personally didn’t take:   Ever wonder how the heck sparklers work? They’re pretty different, after all. There’s no explosion, as with a […]

Picture It – The real Lions Gate #mfrwauthor #PictureIt

Picture It You’ve probably heard of the Lions Gate Film company . . . but what is the original Lions Gate? This is Lions Gate bridge in Vancouver — Canada’s answer to the Golden Gate. Although Lions Gate Films is now based in California, it was founded in the Great White North. This picture is […]