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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On Writing, Poetry

Distractio #AtoZChallenge

4 Apr , 2019  

Just poetry and wordplay, in a rhetorical sense.

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Cooking

Crystallized Ginger #AtoZChallenge

3 Apr , 2019  

When I was little, I discovered crystallized ginger in the spice rack. Crunchy, spicy, hot, and sweet, crystallized ginger became my favorite candy. My mother didn’t seem to mind; I’m not sure she’d ever found a better use for it. Traveling to Alaska, a few years ago, with my husband, son, and daughter, I indulged […]

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On Writing, Op-Ed

Bandwagon #AtoZChallenge

2 Apr , 2019  

While most parents do want their children to be outstanding in their talents, their academic skills, their job offers, few parents want their children to stand out as the class clown or the neighborhood oddball. Enter the Bandwagon Fallacy.

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Health & Wellness

Auditory Anxiety Alleviation #AtoZChallenge

1 Apr , 2019  

Many of us use music therapy intuitively, and that it is a very personal thing. Your mood-lifting, anxiety-reducing playlist won’t be the same as mine.

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Poetry

April’s Amorous Adynata – #AtoZChallenge

1 Apr , 2019  

And so it begins… the April A to Z Challenge 2019. I was fence sitting, but then realized this is the 10th anniversary of the challenge, so how could I resist joining in?

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Blogging & Social Media Tips

A Google+ Alternative

19 Feb , 2019  

The reality is finally sinking in: the demise of Google+ is imminent. Google+ will be shut down on April 2, 2019. Not everyone is mourning the loss, but for some, it’s a loss of community and the loss of an alternative or adjunct to Facebook. Though the press pounced on Google’s erasure of its “Don’t […]

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Hell's Little Paving Stones, Journal

100 GOOD Things About Me

18 Feb , 2019  

It’s easy to write “100 Things About Me.” But almost nine years ago, I was challenged to write “100 GOOD Things About Me.” Let this serve as an introduction to newcomers, here, as well as a list of affirmations. If you prefer a visual intro, click here. 100 GOOD Things (in No Particular Order, Plus […]

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Generosity and Thankfulness

Share the Love, Save a School #HelpMithuSaveSchool

14 Feb , 2019  

Think back to the people who influenced you as a kid, and turned you into the person you are, today. Your parents, your friends, your neighbors, your teachers, and all the people you encountered, every day, in your community. Now, imagine that just a few thousand dollars can make all the difference to hundreds of children […]

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Journal

Consider the Source

14 Feb , 2019  

There’s a little game I refuse to play. It’s called, “You can’t be friends with me if you’re friends with [fill in the blank]!” My stock answer to that is, “Fine, I’m sorry you feel that way. I guess we can’t be friends.” I don’t care if the person saying it is my best friend […]

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Journal

Mother, Touchstone, Friend

14 Feb , 2019  

We mothers – we are merely rudders, guiding our children’s ships through the storms and over the turbulent seas of life – we guide them as steadily and as best we can, but we are not the only influence that determines the outcome of the journey… Who am I today? I am a woman, a […]

Blogging & Social Media Tips, On Writing, Op-Ed

I Write Like…Me. Or do I?

2 Feb , 2019  

My writing is identifiable – it is a redolent of Agatha Christie cookies, with a hint of Stephen King cake, and a healthy side Anne Rice. It is male, with a softer side. European female, maybe. Gender fluid, and ageless as time itself. That’s just a nice way of saying “AI is stupid.” Or maybe I really AM Stephen King…. How would YOU know?

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An empty grave

Fiction, Hell's Little Paving Stones

Civility

22 Jan , 2019  

“You could, at least, be civil about it.” “Why the fuck should I be?” Alex stopped in her tracks and glared at Gabe. “You talk a good fight about equality, but denying to others the ‘rights’ you claim for yourself is just everyday bigotry.” “That’s no reason to drop the f-bomb every five minutes. And […]

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The Wicked, Sickled Semicolon

Fiction

Grammar Nazi

21 Jan , 2019  

In a preemptive edit, I sought the annihilation of exuberance, indefinitely. There would be no negotiations; scholarly standards were strictly structured – some might say “cursed” – to ensure the disarmament of excessive excitement. Ruthlessly, I lined up the errant sentences, identified their bouncy little exclamation marks, their now impotent interrobangs, lined them up against […]

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K-Cup DIY Recycling

Outdoors, Technical & How-to

Caffeine is My Jet Fuel; Nitrogen is My Garden’s!

21 Jan , 2019  

We haven’t ditched the 12-cup drip coffee maker for our morning coffee, but the single-serve Keurig coffee maker lets us make less in the afternoon or evening, and lets me indulge my taste buds with a variety of flavored coffees while my husband sticks to his preferred brand of Columbian coffee. There’s just one problem: […]

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Kickerillo-Mischer Nature Preserve

Health & Wellness, Hell's Little Paving Stones, Journal

Reflections and Resolutions

30 Dec , 2018  

Reflections All in all, 2018 has been a good year – personally, professionally, healthwise, and otherwise. I’m too empathetic to say, “2018 has been a terrific year!” because it’s been awful to too many people, and politically, it’s been an absolute Dumpster fire. But I have absolutely nothing to complain about, and everything to be […]

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Travel, Uncategorized, Visual Perspectives

Old Friends, Newly Met

28 Dec , 2018  

I have many friends who live in the little box under my desk. Now and then, I’m lucky enough to meet them, face to face, sometimes decades after cementing our friendships online. In 2016, I posted an interview by my friend Todd Kruse of artist Carl Yoshihara. Those two have taught me to appreciate abstract […]

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