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Fallon Hotel: Chapter Three

Jeri awoke to the low steady rumble of traffic as life began to stir on E18, also called Parrots Ferry Road, near the Fallon Hotel.  The road was a connection between historic highway 49 and highway 4, a thread that ran through some of the most beautiful California countryside called the Gold Rush Trail.  Jeri still wasn’t sure where she and Andy would ultimately land and plant roots in the area, so she figured some upcoming day trips on the […]

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Fallon Hotel: Chapter Two

Fallon Hotel is a book by T. Katz (presented in chapter installments over a 13 month period). Synopsis: A young autistic boy and his mother come to stay at the Fallon Hotel in HistoricColumbiaState Parkwhile looking to establish a new life in the foothills of the Gold Mining district of California.  The little boy, Andy, is severely autistic and “comes to life” only in the presence of a ghost child that no one else can see, hear or detect.  Andy displays […]

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Fallon Hotel: Chapter One

Maneuvering the winding roads of Highway 49 was challenging, even more so considering how tired Jeri was, but the beautiful silence propelled her forward.  Her son’s autism didn’t often offer many quiet moments, but the hundreds of miles they’d traveled so far in the car caused Andy to sleep, and with sleep came glorious peace.  It was in those moments, that Jeri could look at her son and really feel how deep her love was for him.  It was also […]

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Best. Words. Ever.

Not too long ago I came across a list of the 100 Best Words Ever.  Seems you CAN Google anything, because that is exactly what I typed into the search bar.  I happen to love words and wanted to know what others thought were the Best Words Ever.  For me, the list of Best Words Ever changes, based on whatever is going on in my life at the time. Last year was…interesting, to say the least, what with all of […]

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Blogher ’11

There is a line in This is Spinal Tap that is one of my all-time favorite quotes.  It’s the one where Nigel Tufnel talks about how they turn their specially crafted amplifiers up to 11 (while all others only go to 10) in the event, “… we need that extra push over the cliff.”  This weekend, I got my own personal “push over the cliff” at this year’s BlogHer Conference 2011.  As someone who compulsively writes into a cyber vacuum […]

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I know you are, but what am I?

Surely, I cannot be the only one tired of hearing everyone’s opinion on everyone else.  Perhaps it all started semi-innocently enough with the red carpet pre-show question of “Who are you wearing?” but that slowly gave way to post-show snipefests in every media format and somehow has insidiously spilled over into everyday life.  If I hear one more person comment out loud or on-line, “Oowee, she needs to back away from the make-up tray / thrift shop rack / food […]

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It’s still Friday, Friday…

It used to be that if you didn’t like something, you got to change the channel or walk away.  Not anymore.  Today’s electronic platforms give everyone a chance to unleash their inner critic.  Harsh, rotten-to-the-core, “bashing as commentary” critiquing skills have become all the rage.  Consider, for example, teenager Rebecca Black, the young lady (some of you have hot sauce in your pantry older than her) who recorded the recent viral sensation “Friday” that was recorded by ARK Music Factory.  […]

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