William Estep

My journey to retire and sail. Writing, reading, technology, programming, photography, coffee, equality, sailing, and the oxford comma.

Just a Note Regarding Harry Potter

I just wanted to take a second and say that I nor anyone associated with this website approves of or appreciates the destructive and bigoted transphobic messages coming from J.K Rowling recently.

While I say that, I do want to say, I really love Harry Potter and the wonder …

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"The Silver Ships," by S.H. Jucha

S.H. Jucha's debut novel, "The Silver Ships" introduces a future universe where colony ships from old Earth have settled in different, distant systems, and worked to make a life for themselves.

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Clutter and The Ten Year Plan

I have a lot of stuff. Not nearly as much as some, but still plenty. I'm not a hoarder, so don't expect to see me on any reality TV shows anytime soon. During my last move, I took the opportunity to slim down how much stuff I cart around, and I have a pretty good handle on the clutter, but I still have a ton of stuff. Far more than I need and far more than will work for my ten year plan.

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"Breaking the Surface" by Greg Louganis

"In Breaking the Surface, Greg Louganis brings to light the depth of character of such a hero. Here is a man who from a very early age was on top of the world. An Olympic Champion, the world leader in 10M platform and 3M springboard diving. What the world saw was a successful, good looking young man smiling from the gold medal platform…seemingly not a care in the world."

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Equus Movie

I agree with many of the other reviewers on Netflix, that the play is much more intense, and a much better experience.

Burton is amazing. He gives a terrific performance. But like any adaptation, the original will almost always be better. Peter Firth also gives a terrific performance.

The controversy …

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"Americas Boy: A Memoir" by Wade Rouse

A small-town boy who dresses in his mothers bikini when he's five so he can be queen of the pageant has some issues to address in his life, especially when that small town is in rural southwestern Missouri.

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"A House in Sicily" by Daphne Phelps

Daphne Phelps inherited a house in Sicily called Casa Cuseni. At the time, Daphne had no knowledge of Italian, no money, and was war-weary. At 34, she moved to the small Sicilian town of Taormina expecting to sell the house.

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"The Novelist" by Angela Hunt

Angela Hunt is in the top five of my favorite authors list. Her stories are exciting from page 1 to the end. I know when I start one; it is likely to be a very late night. They are hard to put down. "The Novelist" is a little different than the majority of Angela Hunt's books...excellent...but different. That is not surprising, given the storyline of the book.

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"Empire Falls (Vintage Contemporaries)" by Richard Russo

Russo's novel is wonderful! The characters, even the minor characters are real, tangible, quirky, heartwarming and heartbreaking. His writing style is rich and engaging; his style reminds me of John Cheever, or John Updike, John somebody anyway.

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