Archive | April, 2012

Operation Organize Office!

OMG. Yesterday I began a somewhat overwhelming undertaking: organizing my office. Well, first I had to FIND my office. It’s been overtaken by oodles of obsolete and odd objects. The overtaking has made the undertaking obviously difficult. Oy. Take one house, add two home offices and what do you get? I’d post a picture but […]

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Noodles (inspired by Nate)

I’m thinking my earlier N post was a bit of a cop-out. It was a loong weekend, folks. Preceded by an even looonger week of “spring vacation” with various children not belonging to me running through my house. Easing back into work mode this morning, I got an email from one of the road crew […]

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Ni! And Neee-wom (and other sacred words)

Wow. N had me flummoxed. Not sure why. I reached out to my friends on Facebook for some prompts, and received many varied and certainly very worthy N words. Here are just a few (read: numerous) suggestions: natural, nagging, nimbus clouds, Noticias! naughty, night time, noogie, Nick Tahou, Nickelback (worst band ever), novels, NY, numbers, […]

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Yeah, feel free to click on the link and listen to 1/3 of moe.’s 40+ minute monster instrumental ode to MEAT as you read my M post. (Their guitarist was a vegan for many years at the point when they recorded this song, btw.) This is a born-again meat-eater’s story. Or a recovering vegetarian’s story. […]

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Library Lions

It’s National Library Week, April 8th – April 14th! So perfectly fitting to give my “L” love to those lovable literary lions that flank the regal steps of the New York Public Library. Have you ever seen one of these signs on the Thruway? Ever wonder what spot in New York City determines this mileage? […]

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What Writers KNOW

In writing, there is that oft-uttered phrase “Write what you know”.  Many fiction writers start out in the cozy comfort zone of doing just that; looking within themselves and their body of experience to create compelling, realistic material. I think back to my teen years, banging out stories on my parents’ old Underwood typewriter. I […]

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    For a Coulrophobic (that’s someone who has a fear of clowns), I have a dirty little secret. I really enjoy jesters. Show me a clown and I’ll run for the hills. But put a jester in front of me and I smile. Not sure why that is. Maybe it’s the funny hat. The […]

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Idiopathic: an adjective used primarily in medicine meaning arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause. From Greek ἴδιος, idios (one’s own) + πάθος, pathos (suffering), it means approximately “a disease of its own kind”. “A high-flown term to conceal ignorance” – Isaac Asimov “From the Latin, meaning: ‘We’re idiots ’cause we can’t figure […]

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Helium (or the beginning of my lifelong affair with books)

I had a handful of other ideas for H and then out of the blue…floated Helium. Here is my helium story, and how it helped me fall in love with books and reading. I grew up in the 1970s, back before helium balloons got their bad rap of having an ecological footprint the size of […]

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Got Gray?

Going gray is a topic that immediately puts people on edge: many people consider it the universal sign of aging, or of ‘letting yourself go’. What if I were to tell you that there is a gray revolution going on out there, internationally, led by women of all ages and races – tired of hiding, […]

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