Monthly Archives: May 2020

A Few Favorites

A few favorites. Nut Tree, California Looking north from Gerlach, Nevada Cactus Joe’s Nursery, Blue Diamond, Nevada Locomotive barn, Ely Nevada Woman with snake, Sacramento, California Rhyolite, Nevada. Death Valley National Park Railroad machine shop, Ely, Nevada Cactus and Succulent … Continue reading

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Good Writing is Unnatural

First draft writing resembles contemporaneous speaking. Record yourself for five minutes delivering an impromptu speech on a subject and then transcribe it. Then think about how far it is from tight, vigorous, organized writing. It’s a long way. We think … Continue reading

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Same Boat, Different Time and Crew

I’m researching a favorite family photo before putting it into the public domain at Wikimedia Commons. It shows my Dad (James Owen Farley) with his men after World War II and the landing craft he was in command of. The … Continue reading

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Why I Didn’t Write For More Than Twenty Years

Because my high school life was so wretched (internal link), I hesitated to join anything extra-circular, anything that deviated from the main goal of getting out of that prison. It was such a killing environment that I never went to … Continue reading

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Huff and Puff

What are people talking about when they say a steam engine huffs and puffs? I think my video here is a great demonstration of huffing and puffing. It sounds like the locomotive is actually breathing. Which, in a mechanical way, … Continue reading

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