Category Archives: Books

Those Wacky Presidents

After a friend read, I can name all the U.S. Presidents, he demanded to know how, so I told him. Boy, was he sorry. Washington, the first, is a no-brainer. John Adams the 2nd, Thomas Jefferson, author of The Declaration … Continue reading

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Write What You See

Someone I like very much said, she’s more and more amazed at the wide variety of people I meet and write about. It’s really because I pay attention to what’s around me, and there’s plenty, if you do. Just this morning, … Continue reading

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American History 101

When I can’t sleep, instead of sheep, I count the presidents, making certain to remember all 45 of them. I toss in trivia like, Lincoln was the tallest at 6’4, while James Madison, the shortest at 5’4 weighing only 100 … Continue reading

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Sui Generis…A Unique Word

My friend David mentioned sui generis, in an email…an adjective meaning, of its own kind..unlike any other…inspiring me to write about it. I knew what it meant, since every once in a while it pops up in a book, describing … Continue reading

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In Elegant Conversation

I was working, when someone used the phrase, speak in elegant conversation, making me take pause. What a lovely concept, I thought, to speak elegantly.  Made me think of rubies and pearls, Paris  and Grace Kelly …the Chrysler Building   and crystal … Continue reading

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The Love of Writing

I always look at writing as a gift, loving it the way I do.  I think any art you’re blessed with comes straight from above.  It’s passion, rooted in your being that makes up a great deal of who you … Continue reading

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A bibliophile is someone who collects books. Guilty as charged. It’s no secret I love to read.  To disappear into a tale, true or fictional, is the best medicine there is, and it’s over-the-counter, besides. I’ve just finished Meryl Gordon’s … Continue reading

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Pollyanna…Shot Through the Heart

 For those of you who may not know, Pollyanna, the heroine in Eleanor H. Porter’s 1913 classic children’s book of the same name, is code for optimism. A Pollyanna is someone always opting for sunshine, rather than clouds. Definitely a … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Turkey

When I was a kid, Thanksgiving was a favorite holiday of mine, despite the fact the entire family got drunk and disorderly. I remember when my mother stabbed my father with her super-duper carving knife, delaying dinner till he returned from … Continue reading

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A Word That Doesn’t Matter

 I read a lot, and occasionally a word will jump off the page, smacking me good across my cheek. Bagatelle, is the latest. A noun that means, a thing of little importance.  A throwaway occurrence or set of circumstances…in other … Continue reading

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