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Tangled Pipelines: Chapters 8-10

Tangled Pipelines: The Muni-Biofuel Acquisition A DiversiChem Narrative By Gerald Keep, PhD Part 2 — 6/26/2020 Chapter 8. – Finance Office – Gloria Vincenzo Archie easily found the office of the CFO, Gloria Vincenzo, which was half open. He pushed the door fully open and walked in. A largish lady sat at a huge desk … Continue reading

The Breakout Room Puzzle

This challenge was given to me by my future daughter-in-law, Audrey, as a genuine need.  She had a large meeting of people (16) during which she wanted to break them into smaller groups (e.g. of 4 each) so that they could get to know each other more personally.  After each small meeting, they would mix … Continue reading

Tangled Pipelines MB Chapters 1-7

Tangled Pipelines: The Muni-Biofuel Acquisition A DiversiChem Narrative By Gerald Keep, PhD 4/3/2020 Disclaimers This is not an autobiography, or a minor variation on what might have been. Many of the life and work experiences of Archie Teller parallel my own only to provide an element of realism to these works, which are fiction. This … Continue reading

Taking A Stand

Given the events of this year, there have been growing calls to take a public stand on the issues of the day. The world is becoming aware of the corruption of those in power and the racism of much of the public, but these things are not new to me. Of course I support those … Continue reading

Foundering Valley – Chapter 11

Chapter 11 – The Yellow Brick Road Experts  The Lord, Earl of Founder’s Valley, appeared with his usual retinue. He stood to the front of the raised area before the castle door and all fell silent. Roddy, Whittler, Hound, and Plunkett all pushed forward eagerly to hear what help he would bring them. The Lord … Continue reading

Foundering Valley – Chapter 10

Chapter 10 – Loose Ends in the Morning The next morning, Sapphire and Rufus were first to emerge for breakfast, each waiting for their partners to get ready. They sat at a table in the empty front room of the inn, picking at Spamwich’s idea of a cross between a cinnamon nut roll, a meat … Continue reading

Foundering Valley – Chapter 9

Chapter 9 – Back at the Inn. The six adventurers sat around the table, enjoying lightly poached fish, fresh bread, and a hearty brown ale. For dessert, they sampled the excellent cherry brandy. Animus remained in his room, obsessively working on his nets.   Other patrons included the Visitor, who sat alone enjoying a gourmet … Continue reading

Foundering Valley – Chapter 8

Chapter 8 – The Fishing Huts. Cleo and Rufus had not gone far before they saw large dark shapes moving in the depths of the marshes. These did not approach the causeway, though, so they headed on towards the fishing huts, on the other side of the little peninsula that jutted into the lake. As … Continue reading

Foundering Valley – Chapter 7

Chapter 7 – Town Offices and Shops Flummox and D-Stract poked their heads into the jailhouse just after the town meeting. The greenish Chief Grief was addressing a circle of his new cronies.  The buxom officer in the smart uniform turned to them. “You need something, citizens?” Flummox shook his head and raised his hand. … Continue reading

Foundering Valley – Chapter 6

Chapter 6 Market and Cathedral Sapphire and Grace skirted around to the back of the inn where they came to the market square. Against the back of the stone inn building was a low wood structure followed by some covered market stalls, beyond which was the corral beneath the last tower. The back edge of … Continue reading

Foundering Valley – Chapter 5

Chapter 5 – The Beach and Uptown  The other elf archer fumed. ‘Annie Moose’ indeed! He was always being mistaken for a human female, and it burned him up. The elf maiden didn’t seem to have the opposite sort of trouble, and she was bigger and stronger than he was, definitely a warrior. Annie Moose? … Continue reading

Foundering Valley – Chapter 4

  Chapter 4 – The Town.   Cleo and Rufus headed back towards the smithy. Clang was there, working a bellows and hammering on a horseshoe. Behind the open-air smithy they could see a crowded corral with over a dozen horses. A couple more shadows moved in the stable further on, also between the road … Continue reading

Foundering Valley – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – The Adventurers A half dozen adventurers lingered over the milk and pastry. The angry farmer, Billy Sky, came into the inn as well, and asked Beryl for a beer. Shaking his head, Beryl drew the beer in a mug and passed it to Goldilocks to deliver.  In the door came the summoned … Continue reading

Foundering Valley – Chapter 2

Chapter 2 – The Town Meeting The storm broke even as the adventures settled into their beds. Not a thought was given to their less fortunate compatriots camped on the lakeshore. Crashes of thunder and rushing of water made such a racket than none could sleep until dawn brought a still silence. Tired as dirt, … Continue reading

Foundering Valley – Chapter 1

The Foundering Valley by Dr. Gerald Keep Prelude             And so the word went out – an ancient ruin had been found in the mountains far west of The City, with unexplored catacombs beneath. It promised something different to everyone, be it knowledge, treasure, adventure, or danger. And so the preparations began. Warriors looked to … Continue reading