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About maradanto

La Maradanto komencis sian dumvivan ŝaton de vojaĝado kun la hordoj da Gengiso Kano, vojaĝante sur Azio. En la postaj jaroj, li vojaĝis per la Hindenbergo, la Titaniko, kaj Interŝtata Ĉefvojo 78 en orienta Pensilvanio.

The importance of selecting a good name for your character

I’ve always felt that naming my character in D&D is as almost as serious a matter as naming a child. It’s true, you will not have to listen to your player character come home from school in tears after his … Continue reading

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The campaign where no one trusted anyone

If you’ve ever played Dungeons and Dragons, you surely appreciate the value of a well-developed campaign. To players, a good campaign is an exercise in problem-solving, teamwork and old-fashioned roleplaying. Be a bard who sows chaos, a paladin who rushes … Continue reading

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Still life: tree

It’s a thing in Haiti to plant a tree for each child born. It’s a big deal; from what I am told, families have been known to sell their houses and the land they sit on, but retain rights to … Continue reading

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Still life: manhole

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Maui and Hine te Po

Maui had a mother, Hine te Po, mother of us all. He had done great things in life — with his brothers’ help he slowed the sun; while they begged him to stop, he fished up land — but like … Continue reading

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Still life: milk

            I’d pay $3, $4, maybe more to buy a glass that size, and it wouldn’t come with milk.

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Still life: rear view

        Never as clear a view, nor as plain to see, What lies ahead. Yet it consumes us so.

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Still life: spectacles

        Eyeglasses do not belong on the young. They serve old eyes tired by much reading. They let the wisdom of the well-aged Shine through their lenses.

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Still life: popcorn

              Popcorn unites the family around a movie, Brings them together at the table. Popcorn celebrates life lived together. It never feels like self-pity.

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That moment when a child discovers reading

Every child has an ignition point where reading becomes a passion and a gateway to worlds of imagination and wonder. The exact age where that comes varies. Oldest had it when she had just turned 5. I was reading her … Continue reading

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