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"
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?"
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. […]Read more "SERIOUSLY???"
Rat. Dead in the trap. That is that. And a giant rat at that. Now barking dogs. Three in the morning. Something’s up. It’s the middle of the night. You tiptoe out on the porch. A surreal world awaits. Nighttime lit by a streetlight. Above, a conglomeration of stars. Nobody around. Neighbors sleeping in dark […]Read more "IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT"