#WordsMatter

Party Like It’s 2019 #WordsMatter

1 Nov , 2019  

20 years ago, I  probably rang in the New Year with Prince’s 1983 hit, Party Like It’s 1999. It would be a long time till I’d feel like partying, again. In 1999, my daughter was in middle school. Columbine happened. It was far away, in another state, but we were still capable of feeling shock, […]

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Hell's Little Paving Stones, Humor

It’s Not That Time of the Year Without… #WordsMatter

5 Oct , 2019  

…sense memories niggling at the back of your brain like caramel corn and candy apples, or mulled cider simmering on the stovetop. Or that one overused autumn trope that deserves to find its face on a red Solo cup.

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Reading

Celebrate Banned Books Week!

23 Sep , 2019  

As a huge fan of our Constitution‘s First Amendment, Banned Books Week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. It feels a little like doing battle with the specter of the Dark Ages. Banned books? Is this even a thing in 2019? In America? My daughter and I have a longstanding tradition stemming from […]

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Op-Ed

That Which We Tolerate, and That Which We Don’t

22 Sep , 2019  

It’s no secret that I have liberal leanings. I’ve said before that I wish we were “socialist for what we need, and capitalist for all the little luxuries we want,” which oversimplifies, but sums up a “mixed economy” fairly well. I care about people. I believe that, so long as we have it in our […]

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No Drama Llama and His Trusty Steed, Armadillo

Blogging & Social Media Tips

Netiquette in the Nineties

14 Sep , 2019  

Do we really need to regulate the minutiae of human interaction? Or is it enough to warn of the bigger pitfalls – social gaffes that might well start a war?

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Outdoors, Poetry, Writing

A Morning Bath #WordsMatter #WhenItRains

7 Sep , 2019  

The silly squirrel is back – looking as if he’d like to climb right through my kitchen window for his morning bath and breakfast!

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Technical & How-to

Can’t Answer Incoming Call from Lock Screen After Android 9 Update?

16 Aug , 2019  

Sometimes, you just need your mobile phone to act like a phone. After a recent update to the Android operating system – Android 9, July 1 security patch – on my Samsung Galaxy Note 9, I was unable to answer a phone call from the lock screen. I could press the call answer or hang […]

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An oil painting of a tree, and the same view from my kitchen window.

Outdoors, Poetry

Outside My Window, There’s a Tree #WordsMatter

3 Aug , 2019  

Outside my window, there’s a tree…

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Generosity and Thankfulness

Raising Men, One Lawn at a Time #WATWB

1 Aug , 2019  

Children love to help out, to feel valued, and to belong. They are eager volunteers, but there are surprisingly few meaningful opportunities for them to help out in their communities. Raising Men Lawn Care Service seeks to change that.

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Blogging & Social Media Tips, Technical & How-to, Visual Perspectives

Using Android Apps to Make Blog Images #Images #Apps #Android

30 Jun , 2019  

Making original images with text and graphics is easy, fun, and inexpensive. Why use stock images on your blog, when you can make your own?

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Fiction

Unfathomable #AtoZChallenge #SixMonths #ZombieBlogHop

30 Jun , 2019  

The story, so far: Six months into 2019, and I was losing my mind. I saw down on the front step, closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and reached into my purse again. It could not possibly be empty. And indeed, it wasn’t. I swore under my breath, a mixture of irritation and relief. […]

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Fiction

Talent #AtoZChallenge #SixMonths #ZombieBlogHop

18 Jun , 2019  

We should have seen it coming, but we were all so caught up in the work, so distracted by each breakthrough and invention, that we’d barely had time to breath, eat, or sleep, let alone consider the logical and ethical ramifications of what we’d accomplished.

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Fiction

Saved #AtoZChallenge #SixMonths #ZombieBlogHop

17 Jun , 2019  

I felt as though I had willed it into being. It couldn’t not be there, and so, there it was.

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Fiction

Reaching #AtoZChallenge #SixMonths #ZombieBlogHop

16 Jun , 2019  

Six months into 2019 and I…

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Fiction

Reviving the Zombie Blog #WriteBravely #WriteTribe

16 Jun , 2019  

It’s a little dysfunctional, this business of killing off my blog once or twice a year, just so I can revive it.

I love a challenge.

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Journal

To My Dad, on Father’s Day

16 Jun , 2019  

Thank you, Dad… …for demonstrating the importance of education, and setting a good example; …for letting me play with your monstrosity of a calculator – I would never understand the math (no doubt, to your everlasting frustration), but its resemblance to a typewriter surely had some influence on me; …for your even temper; …for taking me nice […]

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Blogging & Social Media Tips, Technical & How-to

Questions and the Quest for Answers #AtoZChallenge

5 May , 2019  

Do you know how powerful your favorite search engine really is, or how to take advantage of its full capabilities?

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Fiction, On Writing

A Periodic Sentence #AtoZChallenge

4 May , 2019  

Perilous storms on the horizon portend tragedy. And help to illustrate a couple of literary terms as they tug at your heartstrings. Plenty of pathos.

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Outdoors, Visual Perspectives

Ominous Clouds #AtoZChallenge

4 May , 2019  

O-fficially O-ver The #AtoZChallenge2019 is officially over. Do I throw in the towel, admit “failure”? Oh, no. Nope. I’m going to finish this thing if it takes the next six months. Ominous Clouds In the last week and a half I’ve put over 1600 miles on my car. It’s a 2014 Honda with less than […]

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Uncategorized

Notre Dame #AtoZChallenge #WATWB

19 Apr , 2019  

Morning brought shock, sadness, but a glimmer of hope. The two bell towers still stood.

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Generosity and Thankfulness, Op-Ed

Mindful #AtoZChallenge #WATWB #BeKind

18 Apr , 2019  

Let’s light our own inner light of kindness by opening our eyes to the “fuel” for our lamps – the blessings we receive, the kindnesses of others – and promise to help keep each other’s torches lit when it seems we’re surrounded by the creeping darkness of hate and negativity.”

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News, Visual Perspectives

Lovely #AtoZChallenge #WATWB

17 Apr , 2019  

Here’s how one Texas art teacher encouraged her young students, ages 3 to 11, to express their creativity.

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Uncategorized

Killin’ It! #AtoZChallenge

14 Apr , 2019  

The (hap)hazards of modern time management, and little known lexicographical news!

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On Writing, Poetry

Joyful J #AtoZChallenge

12 Apr , 2019  

If you’re confused over why J sometimes sounds like “y” and sometimes like the “j” in “jam,” read on!

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Poetry

Inopinatum #AtoZChallenge

9 Apr , 2019  

Of course it’s a rhetorical question – isn’t that the nature of a lighthouse?

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Poetry, Writing

Hendiadys, Homologia, and Homeoprophoron #AtoZChallenge

8 Apr , 2019  

hendiadys Fluff and clouds, drifting, cross the sky. Birds play hide-and-seek in cotton-candy and whisps of fog, Their mothers call them home to feathers and nests, As sunshine and day retreat – and mine calls me to feathers and bed. homiologia and homoeoprophoron He is a little so-and-so, and so Will not amount to much, […]

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Health & Wellness

Gym #AtoZChallenge

7 Apr , 2019  

If you know me at all, you might think my answer to, “What was your least favorite subject in school?” was math. It wasn’t. Not even close. It was “gym class.” It still is. But I know, now, that the alternative – “excuse-ridden couch potato” – isn’t good for me. It isn’t serving my overall […]

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Humor, Indoor Gardening

Growth #AtoZChallenge

6 Apr , 2019  

Growing plants is a “stretch goal” for me. I kill plants. It’s what I do. I can even kill silk plants; all it takes is a good vacuum cleaner. I grew up during the height of the 1970s houseplant fad. Apparently, it’s making a comeback, fueled by Millennials, and people are noticing but struggling to […]

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On Writing

Fallacy Fallacy #AtoZChallenge

6 Apr , 2019  

Two wrongs don’t make a right. But two wrongs don’t make a wrong, either, necessarily. This is where the fallacy fallacy comes in.

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Uncategorized

Exergasia and Eustathia #AtoZChallenge

5 Apr , 2019  

If you haven’t guessed by now (or have failed to follow the breadcrumbs) this month’s poetry has mostly been based on rhetorical figures of the same names, and through these little verses, I attempt to provide examples (along with a little sly wordplay, as in the last verse).

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