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I had all sorts of ideas for my first Star Trek post of the new site. Little did I know that I needed to say goodbye instead.

Leonard Nimoy left us today.

Like many of my generation, he was the first "alien" that meant anything to me. As Mr. Spock he taught me to think logically, to be fiercely loyal and to respect infinite diversity in infinite combinations. If you wonder when I became such a bleeding heart progressive, I learned it from Mr. Spock.

Leonard Nimoy was also a gracious television star. My mother's favorite story of traveling with the International Gem and Jewelry Show was of the time her show was running concurrently with a Science Fiction convention in Texas. She and my grandmother were waiting for an elevator to take them to dinner after a long day on the sales floor. When they stepped onto the elevator, it was already occupied.  The gentleman smiled and then returned his attention to a small book he was carrying. My mother, not one to gush over people realized in an instant who he was: she had watched him on Mission Impossible as well as Star Trek during my childhood.  Just before the elevator reached the first floor, she managed to say, "Thank you for all of the years you entertained us."

He turned to my mother and smiled that big beaming smile Spock was seldom allowed to share. He bowed his head to both ladies and said, "Thank you for inviting me into your home."  My  mother said she had never heard the phrase said so softly or with so much meaning.  He held the door for the ladies to leave the room, and as a group of fans rushed up, he chuckled and said his signature line, "Live long and prosper."

My mother made sure that I knew that story.  She knew I was a Star Trek fan, but she wanted me to know the man was worth admiring as well.

I never forgot.

Thank you, Mr. Nimoy, for your class, for your graceful treatment of your fans, and for sharing your talent.  We are all the richer for it.

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Welcome Back!

As you can see, our website has a different look to it.  We hope to add doodads and images around and about as we get familiar with the new program, but since being hacked for the third time this millennium, we are just trying to figure out how to keep our content safe. 

The header will not let us put in links, so that is the reason for the pinned post that provides links to the stores.  That way, if you are looking for Heather's photo's or Rain's earbobs or any of our collectibles, you have a chance to find them.

On the right side (The other left, as Dawn pointed out oops), beneath our shiny faces, are links. Some are to pages from this blog, identifying our specialties. Three of them have a start up page, just to get my feet wet again.  Below them is a link to  my short story publication at Smashwords.  It is still only available in e-book form, but we hope to get some work done toward making hard copies this summer.  We also hope to finish the last revision on Mother of Sorrows and Righ of LIght, so keep an eye open for those novels here in 2015.

You can find Heather at twitter, and Maryanne at Facebook or twitter.  Those links are near the bottom of the sidebar.

I think that should be enough to get you going. 

Pull up a chair and stay awhile.

Oh, I forgot - if you want to follow us on RSS, click on "atom" at the bottom of the page. Now I really do think I am done.

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When I was in 7th grade, I learned about mythology. When I was a high school freshman I discoveredThe Dragonriders of Pern and my love for fantasy novels was born.

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Where's Tig?

I don't know if any of you remember my "Where's Tig" series. In 2012 -13 I spent two years posting images of my small stuffed companion at various sites around Disneyland and California Adventure.  It would look something like this:

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