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Ten Briticisms* That Deserve a Larger Audience

A rave about words Ours is a semi-bilingual family. The Engineer is English. I’m American. And Darling Daughter is a charming mix of both. That’s The Engineer and me on the right, in case you’re wondering. One of the benefits … Continue reading

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I Geek Words

A rave about words, both written and read My library has been running a promotion called “Geek out at your library,” asking patrons and staff members to complete the sentence “I geek_______________.” Thanks to Darling Daughter,  the concepts of self-identifying … Continue reading

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Northern Ohio in Winter — A Study in White and Gray

A Rave That Has Nothing to Do with Either Reading or Writing Earlier this week on a semi-clear but cold (16°F) day, The Engineer and I took advantage of the weather and went flying. Our airport boasts of its “weather-tight” hangars, so … Continue reading

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Ideas That Go Bump in the Night

A Rant/Rave About Writing I get some of my best ideas at night, probably because the inner censor in my brain shuts down, allowing the wild, creative side free rein. Such inspiration also strikes when I’m driving, and I don’t … Continue reading

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Cliché Challenge: A Creative Writing Exercise

  Cliché Challenge: A Rave About Writing Earlier this month, I wrote a post about avoiding clichés “like the plague.” (And when I ran spellcheck on this post, WordPress underlined “like the plague” in blue and said “Clichés,” which made me … Continue reading

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It’s Critical: Learning to Love My Critique Group

A Rave About Writing Until l recently, I’ve been reluctant to join a critique group. It’s not because I’m troubled by criticism (at least not too troubled, not when it’s relevant). I’ve entered my share of contests, and the feedback I received … Continue reading

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Avoid Clichés Like the Plague

A Rave About Language, Both Colorful and Clichéd  Here in Ohio, as in many parts of the country, the nights have been pretty cold. The Engineer says such weather is “brass monkeys,” a shortened version of “It’s cold enough to … Continue reading

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Christmas Note #12:Take a moment.

This Christmas, I hope we each take a moment to remember those who are gone, to dream of a better future for our world, and to be grateful we are here. I wish you a day spent doing things you … Continue reading

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Christmas Note #12: Love Actually

Today’s note is another clip from “Love Actually” — this one a romantic proposal from Colin Firth. Since this is one of my favorite movies, you can imagine my shock when I recently discovered the film is actually quite controversial. … Continue reading

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Christmas Note #11: Do They Know It’s Christmas?

  Nearly thirty years have past, and not much has changed. Except maybe the hairstyles. Related articles 10 Surprisingly Silly Christmas Outfits For The Entire Family (inventorspot.com) 11 Holiday Hairstyles Sure To Shock Santa (inventorspot.com)

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