Category Archives: Books

Pride of Language

an Old English term, morphing from the word pride, meaning the most important, significant position among a group of objects or personal possessions. The Mona Lisa, for instance, has a major, pride of place, at The Louvre, in Paris. Someone’s … Continue reading

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Oval Easy

I’m here thinking of past Presidents with ants in their pants. JFK comes to mind with FDR bringing up the rear. John Kennedy, only 46 when he died, was sick for a good part of his life…often bedridden as a … Continue reading

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A Fat, Juicy Word

I’ve been reading a book on the Gilded Age, code for lavish, over-the-top living in the early 1900s, in the bowels of rich, Victorian New York. A time where Astors, Whitneys and Vanderbilts roamed like diamond laden dinosaurs erecting mansions … Continue reading

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Mending Wall…Robert Frost

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. The work of hunters is another thing: I have come … Continue reading

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Writers Courageous

I’m here wallowing, crying in my beer, wishing I actually had one in a nice tall glass. So what if it’s 7 a.m. I’m a writer, even if no one else seems to think so in the publishing world. It’s … Continue reading

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Things You May Not Know

I love trivia, the stuff that’s not mainstream, but should be since it’s always so fascinating, along with entertaining. Did you know P.T. Barnum’s initials stood for Phineas Taylor? Or, that Napoleon insisted his wife, Josephine, didn’t bathe because he … Continue reading

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John F. Kennedy Jr.’s Lost Legacy

I heard a story about John Kennedy Junior I had never heard before. Just when you think you know everything there is to know about someone you admire, something lost gets recovered. It’s no secret his mother raised her children … Continue reading

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Lasting Impressions

Six hardhats holding hands creating a barrier for a group of preschoolers to insure their safety. The first whiff of spring. Audrey Hepburn refusing more cancer treatment so she could return to Somalia to complete her work there before she … Continue reading

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History Changed Me

When my friend David mentioned he drove to Galena, Illinois, it got me thinking of General U.S. Grant, who lived there for a time. Funny I should know that, but then again, not really. I never read much as a … Continue reading

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Most Poignant Story of the Week

I met a woman in the park with a Corgi. You don’t see many of what’s been coined the Queen’s dogs, since it’s not one of your more popular breeds. They’re so funny looking they’re cute, with their large heads … Continue reading

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