Rod Stewart And His Trains

Call me a “tomboy” if you want, but I love model trains

The Arts Mechanical

I hate it when nonmodelers talk about model trains.

I’m not a lover of rock  music so when Model Railroader did a writeup of Rod Stewart’s layout a few years back, I said who?  Then I read the article and said wow, that’s great work.  Especially when it was obvious that Mr. Stewart did the work himself. A great model railroad isn’t something you can just buy, no matter how rich you are.  It’s a labor of love that involves developing real skills and tens of thousands  of hours of painstaking work.  Most model railroads are never finished and disappear when their builders pass on, making them more or less ephemeral works of art.

To call what Mr. Stewart does, “playing with trains” is a direct insult.  Nobody says about even the crappiest painter or sculptor that they are just “playing with paint” or “playing…

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Once More Unto the Curtain: The Last Secret Unfolds

Wide Awake But Dreaming

Between fits of hacking up the last of the  fluid in my lungs, talking to people I know so I can make future plans, and getting in a nap before sitting down to watch a little TV before going to bed, I managed another five hundred words in this story.  Let me tell you, it’s been a little rough going onward because I haven’t felt anywhere close to one hundred percent for a while now, but this next part–oh, boy.  Are you about to be surprised.

These five hundred words are the set-up, and the words that follow tomorrow (I Promise!) are the payoff, but this is going to help explain a lot of things from the past and going into the future.  Well, maybe:  you know how this magic stuff goes.

Needless to say, Kerry’s question of “What’s those?” left off the last excerpt, so it’s only fair that get…

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