Welcome to My BlogBelow is a list of my most recent posts. I hope you enjoy them.
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 →
They’re the same. Usually, when I do one of these this v. that things, the two words are not the same. In this case, they are interchangeable. Sort of. (You knew it couldn’t be that easy, right?) Amongst is very commonly used throughout the British empire and Canada, probably some other places, too. In the United States, it is very rarely used. It’s considered almost archaic. We say among. Generally, those who use amongst were either taught to do so, for whatever reason, or are trying to sound educated and erudite. They may actually be educated and erudite. That’s the trouble with vocabulary. Knowing the word is not enough. You have to know how to use it. … Continue reading →
I just watched Singin’ in the Rain, for maybe the 100th time. I don’t have a favorite book or song or role or anything like that. There are just too many things that are too wonderful. But I do have a favorite movie and that’s it. It’s one of those old movie musicals that belong to a different era. An era that didn’t take itself so seriously. There’s a leading man and his comical best friend, and a sweet-young-thing leading lady. The plots stretch credulity way beyond the breaking point, but that’s okay! Because these movies were just for fun. They have no message, nothing edifying, they don’t contribute to society. It’s just fun. I mean, come on, Make ’em Laugh? Donald O’Connor wrestling with … Continue reading →
Most of us have more control over our own lives than we sometimes want. I mean, don’t you sometimes feel like saying, “Here, you make these decisions for me. I’ve got enough on my plate”? But sometimes we have very little control. And in those situations, we will find something – just one thing, anything – we can control. This first hit me years ago when our office moved to a new building. The girl I worked with (there were just the two of us in that office) was senior to me, so she made all the decisions. About everything. I got the bad desk, but the chair at that desk was really comfortable. So, I said, “Does that mean I get this chair?” She … Continue reading →
This is one of those books we’ve all heard of, but haven’t read. For the record, Baroness Orczy – and yes, she really was a baroness – wrote the book because of the success of the story as a stage play. It’s an exciting and iconic story, very well told. It is set in 1792 during the French Revolution. The peasants had overthrown and killed the monarchy and is now in the process of killing as many of the elite class as they can, regardless of whether they had anything to do with the oppression that was at the heart of the revolution in the first place. Anyone who objected to that was also guillotine fodder. The Scarlett Pimpernel is the name of the man, … Continue reading →
The paper today carried a front page story about a local cyclist who was killed by a car. Two cars, actually. I’ll get to that. It’s such a tragedy. He had just recently graduated college, his friends say he wanted to make the world a better place. The first car that hit him, kept going. Then a second car hit him. That driver stopped, though, and called the police. Had the first driver done that, he might have lived. So many drivers don’t even look out for bikes, either because it’s just not a habit they’ve gotten into or, in some sad cases, because they don’t care. This happened around 10:30 PM last night. That’s 10:30 at night. I have seen cyclists when I’m driving … Continue reading →