Welcome to My BlogBelow is a list of my most recent posts. I hope you enjoy them.
Remember when everyone in the audience cheered when Han Solo suddenly showed up to help Luke and the rebels destroy the Death Star? Or how, after watching Tom Hanks and Geena Davis play baseball for more than an hour, everyone sat through all the credits, just watching the retired women play ball? Wonder is one of those movies. You are totally engaged, you cry through much of it, and everyone applauds at the end. Augie Pullman, because of the rare Treacher Collins Syndrome, has a face deformed enough that it actually scares very little children. For that reason, he has been home schooled. But now he’s 10 and it’s time to take on the real world. Of course, he gets stared at and bullied a … Continue reading →
There are some warning labels that leave you scratching your head. Like the one of those old cardboard windshield sun protectors. You know, to keep some of the sun/heat out of your car while you’re inside somewhere. On mine, set in red letters, was: “WARNING: Do not drive with sun shield in place.” Really? You have to tell the driver that? It isn’t perfectly obvious when you sit in the driver’s seat and look? This is cardboard. You can’t see through cardboard. You don’t need a warning label to know that. I have a sleep disorder and I can’t get a restorative sleep without meds. The label on one says: “CAUTION: May cause drowsiness.” Isn’t that kind of like warning that sprinkling lighter fluid on … Continue reading →
At the gym, I hang a weight off my ankle to do leg lifts. I’d been using a 5-pound plate, but I wanted to increase it, so I picked up a 7.5-pound dumbbell. The thing was, it didn’t really feel any heavier. So, I picked up the plate in the other hand to compare and it still didn’t feel any heavier. So, I took them into the locker room and weighed them. The 5-pound plate weighed 6.5 pounds and the 7.5-pound dumbbell weighed 6 pounds. I asked one of the trainers how that could be. Know what she said? Not all plates or dumbbells are accurate. I said, “Really? It can vary that much?” Yup, she said. In other words, you can’t be sure that … Continue reading →
The Oxford comma, sometimes called the serial comma, is the one that comes after the next to last item in a list. It’s followed by and or or, and then the last item in the list. Or does it? This is one of the Great Debates among grammarians. In school, I was taught that and or or took the place of the comma. And some still say that. Magazines and newspapers, for instance, don’t use the Oxford comma. But if you’re writing a paper for school, you’ll get points off if you don’t use it. The answer is, it depends on which style book applies. Chicago styles is the best known and most often used style, but it’s not the only one. AP Styles is the … Continue reading →
I don’t know about where you live, but in the mid-Atlantic region, the weather is being typical, but in spades. This is the time of year when you never know what season it’s going to be tomorrow, but this year has taken it to new heights. The end of September, it was in the mid-high-80s. Very weird. Then the last day of the month, it didn’t get above 70º. Then we’d go back and forth between 80s and mid 70s. But it’s been in the upper 60s for a couple of days now, so autumn may finally be here. So, let’s do a cold-weather tune-up. First, keep using sun screen! Skiers know this; they wear lots of it on the slopes. It’s worse there because … Continue reading →
Back in the day, not all those buried were actually dead. So, a string was tied to the probably-deceased’s wrist that lead to a bell on their grave. Supposedly, if they woke up and discovered they were not, in fact, dead, they would move their wrist – or, more likely, frantically pound their hands in panic – thus ringing the bell and alerting someone to their presence. The someone, of course, would have been working the Graveyard Shift and the Dead Ringer would have been Saved by the Bell.
I saw a question in an online forum a couple days ago. It asked women if they would rather be called pretty or smart. Clearly, you’re supposed to say you’d rather be called smart, but that’s not what I said. I know I’m smart. And even if I didn’t, I’m told all the time. This is not bragging. It’s not like I had anything to do with it. It’s an accident of birth. So, that’s one reason I’d rather be called pretty. But that’s not all. Once you’re over the age of 16, more and more, how you look is about who you are, not what God did. That is, as you get older, your soul shines through in your face. You look like the … Continue reading →
I hadn’t seen a friend of mine in a while. We’d known each other for nearly ten years and got together two or three times a month. Then she started avoiding me. Not responding to contact. Being evasive. When I pushed, she admitted she hadn’t really been enjoying our time together for quite some time because it seemed to always be about me. Now, after ten years, I really think at least an attempt at a conversation about it would have been in order. But okay, that’s not what she chose to do. That’s not what struck me as so odd about the incident. The odd part to me was that my perspective had always been that I kept trying to get her to talk … Continue reading →
When you wish an actor good luck before he goes into an audition or out on stage to perform, you tell him to Break a Leg. Sounds like an odd way to wish someone luck, doesn’t it? As actors themselves will tell you, we are a suspicious lot. For instance, you never tell anyone about audition you are going on or how you did at it because that will jinx it and you won’t get the job. Actors are not unique in that, many people believe in jinxes. Well, telling an actor to do well or wish them luck is a jinx. It guarantees failure. So, you tell them not to do well so that they will, in fact, do well. So, you tell them … Continue reading →
Most of you reading this are entrepreneurs. When you run your own business, it’s very easy to put yourself last on your priority list. There’s just so much to do! You don’t have time for [insert activity here]! I’m not going to talk about how important a routine is to your physical and mental health because I don’t have to, you know it. And you know about waking up at the same time every morning, so I’ll pass on that, too. In fact, you know what to do. But if you’re like most of us, you just don’t do it. So, I found a 30-second tip to help you with the exercise issue. Planks. This comes to us from Lisa Morris of Road Concierge* In … Continue reading →