To Rhyme Or Not To Rhyme

This is National Poetry Month. Do you have a favorite poet? Someone who can bring visions of nature into your mind, such as Joyce Kilmer’s Trees? I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; . . .… Continue Reading

“Sorry, Charlie.”

For many of us these words remind us of Charlie the Tuna who was always left behind by the fishermen in a particular canned tuna commercial. Yet the phrase has been around much longer than that. “Sorry, Charlie.” (You’re too short, too tall, too skinny, to be on the team.) “Sorry, Charlie.” (You don’t have… Continue Reading

Gathering Our Memories

I’ve been feeling more nostalgic recently. I think partially because February and March are when my parents were born and they have both been gone over twenty years now. And partially because my oldest and youngest sisters are expecting grandchildren in spring/early summer. These newest members of our family will only know GrandParky and Magic… Continue Reading

What’s another way to say hungry?

Back in the day, common graduation gifts for high school students were their own print copies of a good collegiate dictionary and Roget’s Thesaurus to take to college with them. Because I knew so many phonetic spellers, I frequently gave copies of 35,000 Commonly Misspelled Words, which included brief definitions for various versions of homonyms… Continue Reading

Fear of Exposure

Winter is the time we are most apt to cover ourselves with layers, especially those of us who live in areas where it can be mid-40s in the early morning and mid-60s to low 70s in the afternoon. We want to keep our bodies warm – keep them from being exposed to the elements. For… Continue Reading

Is Standing Rock on Your Radar?

When you are having trouble coming up with a topic for an article, sometimes a recent event can serve as a starting point. An example of this is Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. For months now, this Indian reservation has been in the headlines. Historically, this is the location where Sitting Bull was… Continue Reading

Your Style Is Your Best Style

One of the fears many people have is that they aren’t a good enough writer – that others won’t want to read what they have written. What I have learned is that each of us has our own style. As time passes it changes, but remains essentially the same. Some people tend to start with… Continue Reading