Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Halcyon Days: On Time & In Place

Kage Baker, as I have mentioned before, loved the Halcyon Days. That’s not a generalization, though in these less-than-golden times the phrase has come to mean simply “calm weather.  The OED refers to “a period of peace and happiness; an … Continue reading

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Feeling Like Christmas

Kage Baker was always concerned about the amorphous condition of “feeling like Christmas”. It was something she wanted, and courted quite seriously. There was no one, definitive path to the feeling – but there were landmarks and sign posts that … Continue reading

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Nearly Solstice

Kage Baker always celebrated the Winter Solstice. The Summer one, as well; and the two Equinoxes, those festivals of equipoise and calendrical toe shoes … but the Summer Solstice was inarguably her favourite. “The longest day!” she would exult. “The … Continue reading

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PSA 12/14

Kage Baker suffered from bronchitis on an annual basis. Every winter, every Christmas season, every Dickens Fair was highlighted by the revolt of her bronchi. She caught bronchitis like other people develop hiccoughs – often, inexplicably, and extremely stubborn of … Continue reading

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Storytime Tonight!

Kage Baker loved storytellers. She loved stories, yes, but maybe more than even those, she loved the people who made them. It was not sparkling gems that moved her so much as the jewelers that made them that captured her … Continue reading

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The Mysteries of Packing

Kage Baker loved travelling. She loved packing – she was very good at it, too, and always managed to get all her clothes into bags she could almost carry unaided. But then, she also loved luggage, and made sure she … Continue reading

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Something Is Coming

Kage Baker loved the winter holiday season. She didn’t especially love winter – those beer commercials that show beach side huts and palm trees festooned with Christmas lights were actually pretty much her heart’s desire. But she loved the holiday … Continue reading

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