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Foundering Valley, Chapter 13, Friday Morning, June 6

Chapter 13, Friday Morning, June 6 Early the next morning, D-Stract skipped breakfast, thinking about her figure, and headed to Ironborg’s tailor shop. Ironborg tried to listen to her while the two children howled and screamed in the back of the shop, despite their mother’s best efforts to keep them quiet. Finally, he lost patience … Continue reading

Foundering Valley, Chapter 12, Thursday Evening, June 5

The seven adventurers sat at a table in the front of the inn, staring at Spamwich’s most recent creation. It appeared that he had braided together jerky and green onion stalks, or maybe it was seaweed, impaled them on sticks, and coated them in a mysterious brown sauce. As a side dish, there was a … Continue reading

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

Role Playing System Guidelines

Intimate Details of Castle Keep Role Playing System Guidelines G. Keep – updated 5/30/2020 When you encounter a Big Evil Troll carrying a Flaming Sword and Skull Scepter of Death, do you whip out a sword or a rulebook? Do you want to spend the afternoon dickering with the Goblins of Snaggle-Tooth Mountain, or arguing … Continue reading

One Less-Than-Fine Morning or, How I Stopped Believing in Horror-scopes

Bear with me.  This is a true story, and it does have a point. The first omen came when I stumbled out to the kitchen, first thing in the morning, and knocked over a flower vase.  Scratch one dry towel. After breakfast I headed upstairs, which is composed of a long room with a window … Continue reading

Ultimate Oatmeal Cookies

ULTIMATE OATMEAL COOKIES Dr. Gerald Keep, Annoyed Scientist, 12/3/2019             Wonderful if you like oatmeal, and you can almost convince yourself they are a healthy snack. Certainly better for you than most cookies! I actually entered this recipe in a contest called “Search for the Ultimate Oatmeal Cookie”. I didn’t win, but I entered it! … Continue reading

Spaghetti / Sauce

FAMOUS SPAGHETTI SAUCE Dr. Gerald Keep, Annoyed Scientist, 12/4/2019             This is my current version of Famous Spaghetti Sauce. It may differ from Nic’s version of Famous Spaghetti Sauce because mine has drifted over the years. This still brings in people for our church service auction. Don’t eat too much though, you need to know … Continue reading

Snow Balls / Pecan Sandies

SNOW BALLS / PECAN SANDIES Dr. Gerald Keep, Annoyed Scientist, 12/6/2019             Nic’s absolute favorite growing up, and possibly still. Also the only cookie Nic likes that has nuts in it. These could be made as flat cookies without rolling them in powdered sugar, in which case they’d be just plain pecan sandies – not … Continue reading


PIZZA Dr. Gerald Keep, Annoyed Scientist, 11/20/2019             I’ve made a pizza a lot of different ways over the years, and this is my favored balance between ease of use and excellence. My preferred dough is Pillsbury in a tube, that you get in the refrigerated section. The difference between thin and original crust is … Continue reading

Mulled Apple Cider

MULLED APPLE CIDER Dr. Gerald Keep, Annoyed Scientist, 11/20/2019             Traditionally mulled cider had over 6% added sugar which is fine for fattening the kids up before winter flu season. For adults it’s a little much, though. This recipe omits the sugar and we all think it’s just fine. For one QUART apple juice 1 … Continue reading


MEATLOAF for SUPPER Dr. Gerald Keep, Annoyed Scientist, 11/20/2019             First thing to realize is, if you’re going to have the oven on for over an hour, don’t waste it. You’ll want to roast some root vegetables along side the meatloaf.             Set the oven to preheat to 350 and then decide what you’re cooking … Continue reading

Loaded Escalloped Potatoes

LOADED ESCALLOPED POTATOES Dr. Gerald Keep, Annoyed Scientist, 12/3/2019             This was my favorite as a kid. If you’re going to go to the trouble to ‘scallop (the E is silent) potatoes, you need to go whole hog and add onions, ham and cheese. The ratios of potato, milk, and flour are out of recipe … Continue reading

Deviled Eggs

DEVILED EGGS Dr. Gerald Keep, Annoyed Scientist, 11/20/2019             This is my go-to recipe for potlucks. They disappear fast, and don’t generally require a planning run to the grocery store. Start by boiling 3” of water in the pot with largest footprint you can get. Wait until it is roiling, not just a few bubbles. … Continue reading

Cole Slaw

COLE SLAW Dr. Gerald Keep, Annoyed Scientist, 12/3/2019             You may disdain that little bit of slime they put on the side in restaurants, sometimes acidic and sour, sometimes overly seasoned, unreliable and uninteresting. You may eat it anyway for the roughage.             Here is what we do and just love it, and it’s actually … Continue reading

Christmas Cookies

CHRISTMAS COOKIES Dr. Gerald Keep, Annoyed Scientist, 12/3/2019             Of course there are all kinds of (lower case) “christmas cookies” but there is only one “Christmas Cookie” recipe for frosting. Well, actually there are quite a few. The one printed here is what we use to give a tough-as-nails rigid cookie suitable for painting with … Continue reading

BBQ Ribs

BBQ RIBS Dr. Gerald Keep, Annoyed Scientist, 11/20/2019             Ribs are somewhat daunting but if you have half the afternoon in the house, these can be wonderful – and about the cheapest meat you can get. Rich though, very rich. We’re talking “country style” pork ribs here, but in Texas you might have beef. While … Continue reading

BBQ Chicken

BBQ CHICKEN Dr. Gerald Keep, Annoyed Scientist, 11/20/2019             Chicken is tricky to get just right; you have to make sure the middle is not raw, but the outside is not burnt. I don’t have the patience to stand over a grill for an hour of low, slow cooking, so this is the process I’ve … Continue reading

Acorn Squash

ACORN SQUASH Dr. Gerald Keep, Annoyed Scientist, 11/20/2019             A delicious and easy-to-prepare but incredibly overlooked vegetable. Acorns have a tough corrugated hide, so you can’t peel them. Cut them in half with a cleaver and scoop out the seeds and yucky, stringy stuff with a CUTCO™ ice cream scoop. Stab the inside surfaces maniacally … Continue reading

Gerald Keep’s Mask Design – best yet 5/4/2020

Start with two pieces of fabric roughly 7.5” x 11”.  The white one is a high thread-count tight woven linen, which should provide the majority of filtration in this design.  There are possible adaptations that could allow an insert of a disposable filter layer. Sew around the edges leaving a small gap (left, bottom edge). … Continue reading

Mountain Man

Gerald Keep – 10/25/2018 Sometimes I look at the rolling ridges of Tennessee and take pride in my mountain heritage. But my childhood memories were not of these soft green hills, but of the higher, jagged teeth of the exposed formations out West. My ancestors homesteaded in what is now Rocky Mountain National Park. I … Continue reading

Our Chosen Adventure: Adoption

Our Chosen Adventure: Adoption Gerald T. Keep, 8/23/2018 It wasn’t hard for me to come to terms with the idea of never leaving a copy of my genes behind as my legacy to the world. I mean, I am not some prize bull or pedigree dog whose claim to fame is their genetic profile. I … Continue reading

How Best to Change (Back) the Climate

Dr. G. Keep, July 2018 87% of our CO2 emissions are from burning fossil fuels. The knee-jerk reaction is to switch to solar power, or renewable fuels (but these are just solar power with a biological delivery mechanism). Unfortunately, our CO2 creation is 2-3x what all the plant and marine life on Earth is currently … Continue reading

If These Walls Could Talk – Our Garden Shed

This short-short story was accepted by the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange for inclusion in their monthly radio show, this month’s theme being “If these walls could talk”.  Hope you enjoy. We four walls are a team, holding up this tin roof, but we were not always so. One of us used to be a garage door. … Continue reading

New Abstract, July 2018

After stepping away awhile, even I found my old abstract unreadable. Here is a much clearer version of what my book is about. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ New Abstract, July 2018 Two insights from quantum statistical thermodynamics allow new interpretations of observations in Astronomy: Firstly, that entropy demands that the electrons’ wave functions in monatomic hydrogen will populate … Continue reading

Cats vs. Dogs, or Mavericks? Observations on human social models.

In reading “The Horse” by Wendy Williams, she points out that very, very few of the animal species in the world could truly be domesticated by mankind, notably dogs, cats, and horses. This is because these animals were adapted to very special ecological niches that required a social behavior. Mankind did not so much change … Continue reading

The Proactive Buyer’s Pledge

This is a push-back against the barrage of marketing that has been beating down on us.  I’m suggesting somebody should start a list of people who pledge NEVER to respond to aggressive marketing contacts (phone, email, etc.) and to only buy from companies to whom they reached out themselves.  It’s sort of like a do-not-call list … Continue reading