You will notice entries occasionally (and more so currently, since I have less writing time right now) bearing a “Scraps” byline. These are re-edited and reworked pieces from my former set of Blogger-based weblogs. As a writer, I never see a piece as finished: my writings will be final only upon my death. Therefore, I welcome this weblog as a new venue for many of these older works. I hope you enjoy them at least as much this second time (or more, since they ought to be somewhat better). You be the judge: each byline links to the original piece.