Christmas. Excitement. Anticipation. Going out of town. Or company’s coming. And Santa Claus. Sleigh bells ring, Are you listening? It’s a gearing-up. And a winding-down. All at the same time. Big holiday. End of a year. Wrapping gifts. Stringing lights. Decorating trees. Lighting candles. Saying prayers. Singing carols. Feeling the heart. Feeling the heat. Especially […]Read more "MERRY CHRISTMAS"
December 12. Just another day. But also somebody’s birthday. Gustave Flaubert. Edvard Munch. Edward G. Robinson. Frank Sinatra. Bob Barker. Remember him? (The Price Is Right!) Connie Francis. (Where the Boys Are…) Dionne Warwick. Cathy Rigby. Cathy who? It’s also the date many have died. Douglas Fairbanks. Winston Churchill’s wife, Clementine. A formidable person in […]Read more "IT’S A MIRACLE"
All aboard! Last month before 2019. All hands on deck. Stow your carry-on under your seat. Hang on to your hats. Hold tight the reins. We’re off and running. December is our final stop. Destination: the New Year. And December is here. With it comes turquoise. And narcissus. The official birthstone. And flower. So away […]Read more "THINK GLOBAL, SHOP LOCAL"
Thank goodness. Thanksgiving. Thankfully it’s here. Thank you one and all. Thank yourself. Even if no one else does. Go ahead. Give yourself a pat on the back. Or a nice hug. No hubris implied. Nor vainglory. Just acknowledging yourself. For being there. Or knowing when to leave. For pitching in. Or staying out of […]Read more "THANK GOODNESS"
Six o’clock. But it’s really seven o’clock. Or is it? Whatever it is, it messes us up. They call it Daylight Savings Time. DST. Which just ended. By decree. What a racket. What a joke. To think one can actually save daylight. And now it’s given back to us… As we turn our clocks back. […]Read more "GOT THE TIME?"
Hallow. Eve. Hollow. Weave. Holler. Fever. Witch’s cleaver. Gloomy ghoul. Ghostly gal. Spider web. Web-foot giant. Skeleton. Hairy monster. Skull and bones. Scary mobster. Dragon fire. Dinosaur. Big-tooth rat. Sneaky snake. Sword swallower. Creepy crawler. Goon. Cartoon. Baby doll. Fashion model. Headless horseman. Bug-eyed freak. Monk and nun. Wired geek. King and queen. Referee. Ball-and-chain. […]Read more "BOO!"
Know. Knew. Knowledge. Knit. Knot. Knead. Knife. Knee. Words with a silent “k.” As though they start with “N.” But it wasn’t always that-a-way. So says the Smithsonianmagazine. The “k” lived well into the 15thCentury. And was spoken as such. Who k-new? And even prevailed in northern England and Scotland through the 19thCentury. No kidding. […]Read more "KNOCK, KNOCK. WHO’S THERE?"