Ivy is one of those plants that can absorb as much energy as I can throw at it, and once I stop, it comes back. Similar to Blackberries but less prickly and able to evade attention for longer as it's stems and roots have burrowed far and wide.

Little Stuff

Each day, I make some time for "little stuff". These are the tasks that I do around here that fix a latch, pull weeds from a corner somewhere, maybe sort a pile and throw out a bag full of un-needed papers, address on bit of financial activity that needs attention, these things that are like sand in the gears. Small but when they accumulate, they clog until cleared out.

Parallel Language

When I hear a radio "personality" use a set of words that is aligned with a set of talking points, it is a clue as to the political affiliation of the speaker. Recently I heard Governor Jerry Brown of California characterized as "imperious" with language that paralleled the way that some Fox commentators referred to President Barak Obama. Obvious that putting a label on a politician and then asking folks to respond to the label without considering if there is any connection between the target of the commentators and the issue at hand is a populist manipulation attempt.

Multistory House

Sharon Skolnick-Bagnoli just released a new collection of her short stories as an E-pub titled "Multistory House". Sharon wrote some of the 28 stories this fall, some over the past few years. The book is entered BlackBaloon.com's Horatio Nelson literary prize competition.

We hope to bring you the cover picture and some sample highlights soon.

The book is 148 pages, some 52000 words. It will retail for 4 $ 4.99 as an E-pub and $ 14.99 as a print-on-demand paper book. Spaceframe press is the publisher.

Colored Edges E-format books released

Colored Edges is a new novel by Sharon Skolnick-Bagnoli now available from Visigraf.com and Smashwords.com in electronic formats. A special print edition will be released in November 2014 with advance ordering available now.

Colored Edges won 1st prize Editors Choice in the North American Book Awards 2014.

A paper edition is available for pre-order now with release in December 2014.

Bruce Bagnoli : Visigraf Technical Director

Bamboo Fence Repairs

After about 10 years, the cords that tie the roll bamboo fencing that is the core of the cottage fence are rotting out. I'm replacing them with this old form of country fence, using two slats that sandwich the vertical culms. Each slat has pairs of 5/64 inch holes drilled at least a quarter of the width in and staggered that will allow the tie wire to be threaded through and twisted tight. Simple, but durable. The previous system allowed me to have some curves and interesting shapes that took advantage of the tambour nature of the roll fencing.


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