Most people understand – at least in a theoretical sense – how quickly life can change. In the two months since I last posted, the silence hasn't come about due to a lack of blogging material. No, no, no. Furthermore, every single day without a post brought a deeper sense of unease ... the pattern of my life seeming slightly upended! But the respite… Continue reading Random Vicissitudes
As a long-time user of Microsoft products, I remember the bad old days. I recall a time when MS Word was a stand-alone product. It was one of the first pieces of software I installed on my Windows 3 computer (maybe 1991 or 1992?) and the software was called Word for Windows. Going from a plain… Continue reading Out With the Old?
The continent of Africa has been much in the news lately ... stating the obvious, in case no one has noticed. It's been kind of a surprise that Africa is a topic on everyone's minds and frequently in our conversations, because (in my view) it's rare – in general – for the vast majority of us living in the… Continue reading Rookie Adventure
After yesterday's post, I laughed and laughed because that was a fun post to write! I told my Beloved, I don't care if anybody else enjoys the post, I had fun writing it! But suddenly, in the midst of my laughter, it occurred to me the joke actually might end up being on me! There's sort of… Continue reading Penitent Sister
As a writer, I'm subject to the same inclinations as almost every other writer throughout time: the unquenchable desire to have my words appear in print. I have had the privilege of selling poetry, prose and fiction, but to date, there isn't a book on the shelf that declares me as its author. Of course, I've… Continue reading Dream A Little Dream
My friend Debbie, at the Desperately Doodling Debbie blog, is in the midst of one of life's most perplexing challenges (in my view) − the home renovation / home addition torture, er, uh, adventure. I speak from experience. We were in our mid-thirties when we tackled an 85% home reno. We had less cash but an abundance… Continue reading Homing Doodlery
Bad things happen to people. Notice I didn't say bad things happen to good people. Bad things happen to all people, good and bad. In the colloquial, it's often expressed as: Spit Happens. And indeed, it does. In recent days, there's been a flood of discussion about rape culture. Though I didn't actually employ that specific… Continue reading The Sometimes Savage God
To me, the idea of writing prompts is both curious (on the one hand) and slightly unnatural (on the other). I suppose some writers depend on such devices to spur their creative juices. WordPress even offers a daily prompt to facilitate bloggers who are stuck. At the end of 2013, the editors at WordPress produced a PDF file… Continue reading Careful Writing
During my writing life, I have subscribed at various times to writing blogs: how-to write blogs, how-to publish blogs, how-to market your writing blogs. These various online resources provide their take on a plethora of writing-related topics, and many offer helpful tools and information. I've noticed whenever a gaggle of writers gathers, sooner or later,… Continue reading Asleep At The Pen?
"There's a new secret to get your child to behave at the dinner table − cut up their food and they'll relax." So says the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab. To help them publicize their recent study, they've provided art work (below) to drive home the point. Highlights from this scholarly contribution of academic cogitation include the following… Continue reading Bonehead Study Bites