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T is for…

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…the That’s right: the word the. And not because I couldn’t think of another topic. Of course not. (Ha ha ha) But actually because it occurred to me that ‘the’ is an incredibly useful – and terribly under-appreciated word. Think about it: how many books have ‘The’ in the title? Would The Fault in Our Stars (a best-seller on numerous lists in 2014) be as striking as just Fault in Our Stars? What about The Goldfinch as just Goldfinch. Would it have won the Pulitzer Prize without the ‘The’? Imagine me writing an entire blog post without using the word ‘the’. Pretty difficult, huh? Even Dr. Seuss, when challenged by his publisher to write a book with only 50 words, was allowed to use ‘the’. … Continue reading

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S is for…

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…Stigma Fighters At about eight years old, a little girl starts being sexually molested by her older brother. Her parents don’t notice that the formerly happy, vibrant child turns sullen, quiet. Another little girl is sexually molested for over two years by a neighbor, a well-respected man in the community. A roommate’s boyfriend repeatedly rapes a girl in her room, and when confronted, the roommate kicks the victim out, making her essentially homeless. A little boy is thrown out of the house by his father. Into the snow. In the dead of winter. Hours pass before he is let back inside. A teenager repeatedly runs away from home, but is brought back by the police. They never ask why she runs away, never ask about … Continue reading

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R is for…

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…Roadtrips! My darling hubs has what is affectionately known as “itchy feet”. That means he likes to go traveling around. And of course, I go with him. (Usually.) It was especially fun to go roadtripping when we lived in Arkansas. We already lived 12 miles outside the closest town, so it was easy to go a-wandering and discover some new place within a couple hours’ drive. And it’s amazing what a little change of perspective can do for your soul. For instance, last year after the death of my dear one (detailed in “G is for Grief” for #AtoZChallenge2014), hubs took me down to Macon, Georgia. And we had no idea til we got there, but that weekend happened to be the Cherry Blossom Festival, … Continue reading

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Q is for…

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…Quotes I like quotes. A lot. One might even say I collect them. So here are some that I find inspiring (most links go to Amazon): “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank. She lived such a short life, but she made it count. “All we truly know when we wake up in the morning is that we have the day in front of us to live.” ~ Ruth McGinnis (June 20, 1957 – October 06, 2009), author & musician, writing during her fight with ovarian cancer. I knew Ruth personally, and found her very wonderful. I can’t believe she’s been gone so long. “Most of the shadows of this life are … Continue reading

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P is for…

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…Poetry It’s National Poetry Month, but I didn’t realize that when I decided on this subject for my P post. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t like poetry. They think it’s fussy. They can’t understand it. They were forced to read boring, horrible poetry in high school, and vowed never to read poetry again. Ever. Ever. Ever. Or they were forced to write poetry, which was (is?) even worse. I mean, figuring out iambic pentameter is hard enough, but what about all the other types of rhythm and meter? A Poetry Foundation webpage lists them, which include anapest (“a metrical foot consisting of two unaccented syllables followed by an accented syllable.”), dimeter (“A line of verse composed of two feet.”), and spondee (“A metrical foot … Continue reading

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O is for…

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…Overwhelmed It is sooo sooo easy to get that way, lemme tell ya. For instance, even tho I’m “cheating” and saying this post is being published on the actual “O” day, Friday, April 17, I’m actually writing it and publishing on Monday, April 20. Why? Because I got overwhelmed. And I don’t feel good (still). (Tho I’m somewhat better.) And I couldn’t think of a single topic for O, and even tho I had my “N” topic, I had a hard time finishing up the writing thereof. It truly seems that most of my friends (and me, obviously) suffer from overwhelmed-itis. (Yes, I just made up that word.)  That’s a truly crippling condition where you have so much to do, you freeze and don’t do … Continue reading

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N is for…

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…No Yup, you read that right: No. One of the shortest and simplest words in the English language (and Spanish, for that matter), “No” leaves little to interpretation, yet is sometimes the hardest word to say, not to mention say and mean. You’ve maybe (depending on your age) heard of the “Just Say No” campaign. It was started by former First Lady Nancy Reagan – apparently some of her friends had children who were using drugs, and in 1980 she visited a substance abuse treatment center in New York. This led to her campaign against drugs. According to the website, a little girl’s simple question to Mrs. Reagan: “What do you do if someone offers you drugs?” led to her simple answer: “Just Say No”, … Continue reading

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