Archives in Category: Writing

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Bookmarks

Long before it was commandeered by Google®, Microsoft Word, and other residents of the internet, the bookmark was an essential aid for any avid reader.

According to Wikipedia, “Bookmarks . . . are thin marking tools used to mark a

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Shred

My son, Kevin – poet, professor, runner, soccer and tennis aficionado – has finally seen the results of his four-year labor. He wrote a book about running and being during the pandemic, when he spent his sabbatical year in his

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Oxymorons

Oxymorons are everywhere. Earl recently gave me some, and my son Kevin and I have had more than one laugh about them.

By definition, according to one Richard Nordquist (whose credentials I didn’t check, but he seemed erudite enough) an

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Cubs Win, Cubs Win

I know. The title is a spoiler, but I want readers who aren’t baseball fanatics to have the option of closing the website until tomorrow, when I plan to write about oxymorons. And who doesn’t like a good oxymoron?

Anyway,

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Paraprosdokians

Yes, I know. The first thing about this word is its pronunciation. For the record, it’s – and this is my version – pair-a-prose-doke-e-an. If you look it up you see something like /paerepros’doukien/.

Second, Wikipedia tells us all about

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Our Missing Hearts

I rarely post book reviews, but the selection for last night’s Great Book Club (aka The Buddy Book Club) deserves comment. Written by Celeste Ng (pronounced Eng), Our Missing Hearts is her third novel. It was reviewed by Stephen King

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Writer’s Block (Originally Published in 2001)

The dog-eared paperback caught my eye.  It lay on the shelf at shoulder height, so that I couldn’t miss it, as I searched for something else on my jam-packed bookcase.  Seeing her book, Writing Down the Bones, made me realize

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Break

I’ve decided to take a break from blogging, because it’s felt like a chore lately. And since I’m of the age where one can pick and chose how to spend one’s time, I’m exercising that option. Someday my interest in

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Writing Advice

I recently saw something on Facebook that, as a writer, intrigued me. It was a statement that read: “Write drunk, edit sober.”

Basically, it means write with wild abandon but edit with surgical precision. It made me wonder what other

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One Sentence, One Song

It’s a scientific fact that time accelerates as people age. And over the past fifteen months, my life sped by so fast that two of the pleasures I enjoy most – thoughtful writing and heartfelt piano playing — literally fell

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