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  • ...And now his goal, Annabelle was andesite- plagioclase and feldspar . He had played geo chase and felt ready for the spar???

    A muddled, middle sentence or two from the hypothetical yet-to-be-written ring of fire second book of the trilogy Andesitic Adventures?????

    December 5, 2010

  • "Nathaniel had his reasons for his journey to Rhyolite, the greatest boom town in the west. He hoped to find what the snallygaster had taken from him. Some believed it could snatch away whatever you most valued. It had taken Annabelle, the love of his life. Now he was here in Rhyolite, to make his fortune, reunite with Annabelle--and to find the man he murdered back in Baltimore."

    ~Opening paragraph of Journey to Rhyolite by Steve Bartholomew

    December 5, 2010

  • Dude! That's a cool word!

    October 28, 2007

  • The Pennsylvania Dutch version was "schnelle geeschter." The name meant literally "fast spirit," "geeschter" or "ghast" being close relatives of our modern word "ghost."

    October 27, 2007

  • a mythical monster of Maryland, invented to frighten freed slaves

    October 11, 2007