Reading Is Fundamental

Via SF Signal, President and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental, Carol H. Rasco has issued a press release regarding President Bush’s elimination of funding for the Reading Is Fundamental Historic Distribution Program. In part, she says: President Bush’s proposed budget calling for the elimination of Reading Is Fundamental’s (RIF) Inexpensive Book Distribution program would be […]

Graduation donation

I graduated from University of California, Riverside 13 years ago today. I have only the vaguest memories of my graduation ceremony, but I do remember how hot it was. (In fact, the graduation scene at the opening of my soon-to-be-appearing story “When I Kissed the Learned Astronomer” comes from memories of my own graduation.) A […]

May donation

April’s donation went to the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debates. I just put the May donation in the mail: $200 to AOPA’s Air Safety Foundation, an organization dedicated to making flying safer for general aviation pilots. In the past, I’ve given them $100/year, but I decided to double it this year because general aviation has been […]

‘Tis the season to get mail

This last week or so I’ve been flooded with more “real” mail than I normally get. Yesterday was no different. I received two packages yesterday. One was a gift from Bonnie & Tom: a biography of Charles Lindbergh that they found in a used bookstore. The other one surprised me because I completely forgot about […]

Morning chores

I’ve already been more productive today than I was all day yesterday. I got the kitchen cleaned up, and all the trash collected. I got my desk cleared off and got my book database updated with recent purchases that were sitting in a pile on my desk. I’ve also got a couple of loads of […]

Cost cuts and budget updates

One thing I did over the weekend was to re-reun my financial modeling software (this is software I developed over a period of 10 years that projects every single financial transaction I will make into the future based on a given starting point, and that I use in place of things like Quicken) which is […]


Smithsonian Institution, of which I am a national member, has a program called “Adopt-a-library” to which I have been contributing for several years now, and today I mailed in a check to “re-adopt” two libraries for the coming year. The program provides the libraries with subscriptions to NATURAL HISTORY magazine for a full year. It […]