WHAT’S THE BEEF?

Beef. It’s what’s for dinner. Or supper. Or lunch. Maybe even breakfast. Where’s the beef? All over town. Beef. From Old French “boef.” According to trusty Webster. Beef is a full-grown ox, cow, bull, or steer. Especially one bred and fattened for meat. One can also beef up a football team. Go Punchers! Or have a […]

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SUNSET, SEASHORE, SOUP, SALAD…

S. As in, September. The 19th letter of the English alphabet. From the Greek sigma. A borrowing from the Phoenicians. I wonder if they want it back. “Pardon me, but that S belongs to us. And we’re tired of lithping.” Butsigmais the name of the 18thletter of the Greek alphabet. Not 19th. According to trusty […]

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FLOWER POWER

  Flowers. Something special about them. Fresh flowers, that is. Also called cut flowers. Flower bouquet. Flower arrangement. Flower petals. Or a single flower. Like one red rose. Symbol of love. Buy flowers. Bring flowers. Give flowers. Send flowers. No matter how you do it— Say it with flowers. The Petal Patch can help with that. […]

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SAY WHAT?

What. What would we do without “what”? From Middle English and Indo-European. And Latin. And even Lithuanian. So says Trusty Webster. What’s new, Pussycat? What’s up, Doc? What’s it all about, Alfie? What’s the problem? What’s happening? Que passa? What’s done is done. What’s a mother to do? What would Jesus do? What do you […]

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SERIOUSLY???

It’s become a tradition to run this column every year before school starts   Last week Mason County News published the School Supply List for Mason Elementary and Mason Junior High. You can probably find most of these items at Dollar General. Anyway, I was so intrigued I just couldn’t put it down. The list began with Pre-K. […]

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SUMMERTIME

HOT. The End. Huh? What? No? Not the end? Nope. Sorry. It ain’t over yet. Still HOT. More HOT. Even HOTTER. HOT. Hace calor hoy. And tomorrow. And the day after tomorrow. ’Tis summer. ’Tis the season. ’Tis August. Il fait chaud. Dry, too. Drouthy. Drains the wells. And one’s energy. Dries up the tanks. […]

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DONDE ESTA LA AGUA GRANDE?

Water. Agua. Stream. Creek. River. Rio. Ocean. Sea. Mar. Lake. Pool. Tank. Rain. Lluvia. Precipitation. Shower. Puddle. Fountain. Fuente. Mist. Fog. Bruma. Damp. Moist. Wet. Mojado. Green. Blue. Azul. Cold. Cool. Frio. Bubble. Gurgle. Flow. Flujo. Flood. Crash. Thunder. Tronada. Pound. Storm. Drench. Soak. Empapada. Oh, to be sopping wet. Alas. No matter what language, […]

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