Post by: Holly Jahangiri

On Writing

Weird Words Make for Weird Spellings

24 Feb , 2018  

Is it jif, as in JIF brand peanut butter? Or gif, as in gift? Seems a strange thing for a giraffe to quibble over, especially if the inventor calls it jif. Weird words lead to weird arguments. Does the parent get to name the baby, or must he follow linguistic conventions? To say gif seems […]

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On Writing

Weirdly Competitive

19 Feb , 2018  

I am weirdly competitive. I thought it was just me, but my friend Allie mentioned being “highly competitive when it doesn’t count” and I just burst out laughing. Now I find that my friend Mitch has a little streak of it; he rose to the challenge of writing a whole blog post without commas.  Just […]

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Plot Dragons

Fiction, Reviews

Curing the Reading Drought

18 Feb , 2018  

The Reading Drought How does someone who loves to read, who considers themselves an avid reader, end up going through long, dry spells without actually cracking open a book? This feels like the unburdening confession of a dirty secret I’ve lugged around far too long. I should have Googled sooner: It’s not just me. Read, […]

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Health & Wellness

Update on This Pain in the Neck

18 Feb , 2018  

I’m referring to me, of course. I have no real pain in the neck (or shoulder, arm, or hand), anymore. Would You Let This Woman Drive? Two weeks post-op. My son’s as hopeful as I am about the possibility of my not needing a chauffeur much longer. I’m going a little stir-crazy, and he can’t […]

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Health & Wellness, Humor

Why You Don’t Let Kids Watch Scary Movies

8 Feb , 2018  

When I was a little kid, my dad and I went to the movies together, often. We watched adventure films like Bullitt and Grand Prix and The Hellfighters – which explains why I won’t have gas appliances, pretend the hot water heater’s a dragon living in my attic and insist only my husband can feed […]

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Health & Wellness, Humor

The Bionic Woman Eats BonBons

3 Feb , 2018  

The hybrid cervical disk replacement and fusion surgery – to fuse C5-C6 and replace the C6-C7 disk with a bionic version (Mobi-C) was done a week ago Friday at CHI St. LukeThe Vintage. Fitting for A Fresh Perspective, I’ve seen this hospital many times – from the back side – while walking around Kickerillo-Mischer Nature Preserve. Now, […]

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Dreams, Reviews

Those Other Places

20 Jan , 2018  

We all have those other places. The places we go, when we drift out of consciousness. I had an odd dream, last night. We’d been traveling to a place that doesn’t exist, on a large ship. In one scene, there was a fascinating spider. It was a spider, but it was also a man – […]

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Health & Wellness

I Swear, I Wasn’t Asking!

10 Jan , 2018  

Remember how I said, “Never, ever, ask“? Well, I swear I wasn’t asking! But Karma has a wicked sense of humor. A bit of background: First, I’m needlephobic. I’m pretty sure this fear is related to my fear of spiders, hornets, and venomous snakes. I can mostly control my reaction, meaning I no longer have […]

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Blogging Tips

Liebster Award

6 Jan , 2018  

What is The Liebster Award? The Liebster Award is a tag which helps new bloggers get noticed, connect with each other and make relationships in the blogging community. I am not a “new blogger,” but I am, nonetheless, honored to be given the award by my friend Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D, E.A., whose middle initial […]

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Op-Ed

Ice and Dispassion

6 Jan , 2018  

So, I bought the book. Yes, that book. I normally refuse to follow the crowd when it comes to “the most talked-about bestseller on the planet right now,” but when my husband asked me, over dinner, if I’d pre-ordered the book, I realized that it fit in nicely with two of my 2018 goals for […]

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Health & Wellness, Humor

Never, Ever, Ask

4 Jan , 2018  

Never, ever ask a writer, “How much worse could it be?” Because we can always imagine something… 2018 got off to a happy, auspicious start, for me, personally – I got to spend the holidays with family in Dallas. Even frigid temps were mostly cause for mirth; how often can you say it’s colder in […]

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Journal

Resolutions 2018

31 Dec , 2017  

I considered going back to my former, iron-clad resolution: “Make no stupid resolutions you have no intention of keeping.” My commitment – my resolve – has faltered, gradually, the last few years, and that’s one resolution I always managed to keep, till that day a few years ago when I decided to tempt fate and […]

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Uncategorized

A Quick Look Back on Things Worth Remembering from 2017

31 Dec , 2017  

It is always worth remembering – and reminding each other: #InDarknessBeLight. After saying “goodbye and don’t let the door hit you in the behind” to 2016, I signed up for the We Are the World Blogfest (#WATWBF). I thought that the blogfest sounded like a terrific way to counter all the negative news 24/7 and to […]

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If we were having coffee

Uncategorized

If We Were Having Coffee…

23 Dec , 2017  

Or tea, or #covfefe, I would put on a fresh pot instead of drinking this lukewarm swill from seven o’clock this morning. I’d Wish You All the Good Things If we were having coffee, I would wish you a merry Christmas, whether you celebrate it or not. I’d also wish you a happy whatever-you-choose-to-celebrate, all […]

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Blogging Tips, Humor

Fresh Perspectives Delivered FREE to the First 100 Subscribers! Deal Ends at Midnight!

16 Dec , 2017  

You’ve heard that “nothing good happens after midnight.” Are you willing to risk it? Are you ready to be plunged into email darkness, unable to read A Fresh Perspective without a cheap flashlight? Don’t worry, I have no plans – now or ever – to turn off the lights here or to charge you to […]

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Uncategorized

Don’t Judge

5 Dec , 2017  

This was lunch.

Humor

Finngelo III, Silly Interview with a Smartphone 

4 Dec , 2017  

Finngelo is the best. He is a great writer and he is very talented and very knowledgeable about his voice. Actually, Finngelo is the name of my phone. We’re collaborating on this post using predictive text. Non-italicized text is limited to one key press at the start of the sentence, and a choice of any […]

Health & Wellness, Op-Ed

Why I Left and Where I Am

2 Dec , 2017  

She’s Gone! She’s Just Disappeared! I’m still alive. I’m still right here. Yes, I left Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram in a bit of a hurry. I’m sorry for that – there’s no nice way to quietly deactivate an account but leave a single post containing a forwarding address, or a “Gone Fishing” notice. It hasn’t […]

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#NaNoWriMo2017

Rebecca (#NaNoWriMo2017)

25 Nov , 2017  

Our Story So Far… If you’re just arriving, you may want to start with the first chapter. Here is a table of contents: Chapter Seven Perhaps it was churlish of me to run off without a word of explanation, but I didn’t feel I owed one to Beau. He had seen my grandmother more recently […]

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#NaNoWriMo2017

When Life Hands You Lemons… (#NaNoWriMo2017)

19 Nov , 2017  

Our Story So Far… If you’re just arriving, you may want to start with the first chapter. Here is a table of contents: Chapter Six Beau was waiting for me in the school’s lobby. High school teachers don’t have offices, and the lobby at nine o’clock in the morning was more private than the teachers’ […]

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#NaNoWriMo2017

It’s Not Gossip If It’s True, Right? (#NaNoWriMo2017)

17 Nov , 2017  

Our Story So Far… If you’re just arriving, you may want to start with the first chapter. Here is a table of contents: Chapter Five The murmuring from the teachers’ lounge was little better than the breathless whispering in the halls. Principal Fricke strode into the room with his usual brusque efficiency, clapped his hands […]

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#NaNoWriMo2017

Rumor Mill (#NaNoWriMo2017)

14 Nov , 2017  

Our Story So Far… If you’re just arriving, you may want to start with the first chapter. Here is a table of contents: Chapter Four The sun streaming through the curtains made my head throb. “Never drink wine on a Tuesday night,” I muttered, rolling out of bed and blindly feeling my way to the […]

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Bat

#NaNoWriMo2017

Bats in the Belfry (#NaNoWriMo2017)

13 Nov , 2017  

Our Story So Far… If you’re just arriving, you may want to start with the first chapter. Here is a table of contents: Chapter Three Stewart opened a bottle of Prosecco, filled both our glasses to the rim with golden bubbles, then lifted his in a gesture of salutation. “To best friends,” he said. “Now […]

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#NaNoWriMo2017

Ridiculously Easy (#NaNoWriMo2017)

13 Nov , 2017  

Our Story So Far… If you’re just arriving, you may want to start with the first chapter. Here is a table of contents: Chapter Two I drove up the winding road to my little rustic bungalow in Juniper Woods. The windows were aglow with a warm, amber light.  A shadow crossed behind the sheer curtain. […]

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#NaNoWriMo2017

The Road to Hell (#NaNoWriMo2017)

12 Nov , 2017  

Chapter One Joe Krebs and I stared at one another like two small dogs issuing a half-hearted challenge over an old ham bone buried too long in the mud. Neither of us could win, but it was a way to pass the time. I caught Scotty DeLuca cutting his eyes over at the clock, as […]

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On Writing

Countdown to NaNoWriMo!

31 Oct , 2017  

Some of you have already started writing, but for those of us in the United States – where NaNoWriMo got its “Na” – we’re still a good 45 minutes to launch. Getting excited? For me, it’s tradition to stay up till midnight an write, at the very least, “In the beginning…” More can wait until […]

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Humor

Reasons NOT to Start Bullet Journaling

29 Oct , 2017  

Between the blog and Google Calendar and my stash of $0.99 purple-covered composition books from Wal-Mart, I was doing just fine keeping up with the chronicles of daily life, various appointments, and the to-do list. I didn’t need a Bullet Journal. I didn’t want a Bullet Journal. I’d resisted the siren call to even return […]

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Blogging Tips

Serial Blogger

22 Oct , 2017  

Once you’ve considered the pros and cons of blogging your NaNoWriMo novel – or, anything, really – and have decided to go for it, how do you tie all the chapters or related posts together on the blog? Building a table of contents is a bit tedious, and requires extensive cross-linking and updates to be really reader-friendly.

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On Writing

Should I Blog the Novel-in-Progress? #NaNoWriMo #WriteBravely

22 Oct , 2017  

There are good reasons to blog the novel during #NaNoWriMo, and there are excellent reasons not to. It’s entirely up to you, but you need to consider a few things before you commit to a decision: Copyright, Commitment, and Willingness to Fail.

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Visual Perspectives

Gnome’s-Eye View of My Herb Garden

14 Oct , 2017  

Wow, speaking of a fresh perspective! A few weeks ago, my husband recycled the base of an old, rusted basketball hoop into a container garden for me. It wasn’t that I asked him to – I think he realized, finally, that showing me the second copperhead snake he found outside our door had deterred me […]

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