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Rainbow with Flying Saucers

Rainbow with 3 Flying Saucers

Rainbow with 3 Flying Saucers

Having snapped this photo of a rainbow, I was delighted to discover afterward that the picture includes three flying saucers as well.  What a fortunate coincidence that they happened to be orbiting in range.  Enjoy!

 

 

Summer Family Reunion

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Log-rolling nieces.

We meet every July on a lake in northern Minnesota to pass the sunscreen and rediscover how we are a family. We played volleyball (10 vs 10), barefoot soccer and Ping Pong, swam, canoed, log-rolled, paddle boarded, water-skied, water-tubed, jigsaw puzzled, ate scrumptiously, read books, wrote in the log, sang around the piano, and played ukulele, guitar, and chess. The kids organized the annual harrumph, which in our family is not an expression of disapproval, but rather a show featuring magic tricks and musical performances. Families took turns… Continue reading

Pokemon Going

POkemonGo1I have captured 8 Pokémon, you’ll be pleased to know.

Surely by now you’ve seen troops of people wandering around with their phones, flicking their fingers on the screens and chortling. I have yet to master any subtleties of Pokémon Go, but no matter.

It’s a charming experience to see yourself as a character walking in a landscape that matches your own, especially when goofy cartoon creatures magically appear for you to lobby with Pokémon balls. PokemonGo2My whole family’s playing, naturally. It’s kind of like we’ve all agreed to… Continue reading

Happy Trails

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I distinctly recall sitting at my desk in my 5th grade classroom, looking out the window past the pencil sharpener to the green of the playground and longing for summer vacation. Soon, I thought. Soon I’ll be free.

June freedom still calls to me, and I luxuriate in the long sunny evenings and weekends of adventure. I hope you soon find yourself on a hammock with a book, on a screen porch with a frosty glass of lemonade, or in a canoe with a dog. Embrace the kid in your heart heart. Happy trails.

The Rule of Mirrors Is Out!

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The Rule of Mirrors in the wild. From left: Laura Smith, Nancy O’Brien Wagner, Caragh O’Brien, and Tomy O’Brien III. The Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, MN February 16, 2016.

Yay!  The Rule of Mirrors is out!

My sisters Laura and Nancy and my nephew Tomy accompanied me to the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul today to seek out copies of my new novel and rejoice.  I am so happy about this book!  

To all of my friends and family who have been so supportive while… Continue reading

Look What Arrived!

The Rule of Mirror arrives!

The Rule of Mirrors arrives!

My editor sent me copies of The Rule of Mirrors!  I have the actual book in my hands. It’s a thrill to see this novel in its final stage after all these months of labor and conniving. Thank you to my lovely editor, Kate Jacobs, for helping me all along the way!  

My brother Tomy O’Brien was visiting when I opened the package, and he snapped this happy photo. It was great to have him here to help celebrate. He even read… Continue reading