Summer pride at Herkes House.

The front of a large bungalow style home clad in honey-colored brick below and river-blue siding on top. The yard is densely planted with perennials and shrubs. A dry streambed of slate covered rock curves around the base of a hornbeam sapling in the foreground. An inclusive Pide flag hangs from a pol next to a wooden garden gate.

Summer. Pride. I’m proud of the way things are progressing, yard-wise, house-wise & life-wise, and that means you get pretty pictures.

This year we have a lovely new pride flag, thanks to a website called Rad Pride. I also got a bunch of pencil cup-sized flags, but I haven’t taken a picture of those yet.

Now, Spouseman is vocal in personal interaction but circumspect about public displays, and I’ve always respected his concerns. I think my right to get in people’s faces stops at the line where it hurts my life partner, so I’ve never kicked up a fuss about avoiding progressive yard decor.

So back on May 27 this year when we saw a neighbor with a nice inclusive pride flag I was surprised when he said, “We should have one of those.”

Friends, Rad Pride shipped within an hour of my order, and it was in my hands 2 days later.

from 2020 to 2023. Getting prettier ever year.

Sorry, the comparison shots aren’t exact matches. In my defense, it’s hard to stand in exactly the same place 3 years apart. There are many marks on the sidewalk, but remembering which one I chose last time? How likely is that?

Anyway, I’m posting that comparison shot because it’s summer, it’s Pride Month, and we have a pride flag, so I am feeling house proud as well as out & proud.

June is also Controlled Descent’s book birthday, and I couldn’t be more proud of my first-published, too. Just so you know. Want longer descriptions? Click here. Or click a book cover for the buy link.

The cover for Controlled Descent,  two figures slogging across a snowfield or glacier towards a futuristic city skyline under a clear blue sky with a contrail cutting across it.
Book 1
Broken heroes team up in self-defense & end up fighting for justice
the cover for Flight Plan, with a SanFrancisco skyline silhouetted against a fiery-red sky with black water in the foreground behind the title and smoke rising up behind the series logo.
Book 2
Accidental kidnappings, global conspiracies,
and tea breaks.
the cover for Weaving in the Ends, with two hands holding knitting needles and a square of blue knitting in the foreground beneath the title
Companion duology:
Chosen family shenanigans, knitting, & kittens.
The cover for Novices, with the silhouetted figures of two boys gazing across a farm field at sunrise toward a ruined city skyline.
The inevitable prequel.
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