Say What? Edition 5: What Not To Say

Don't say donzerly.  The Christmas season, which thankfully is over, always reminds me of my first neologism. While I never flubbed these lyrics from what is probably the most sung song in the country, I did spend a good portion of my childhood wondering what wilkenspire was, as in "Later on wilkenspire. As we dream by … Continue reading Say What? Edition 5: What Not To Say

The End of Year Book Report (#3)

July through December 2017   Title: Four Seasons in Rome Author: Anthony Doerr Date Finished: 7/23 Finished: Yes Format: Hard cover Ranking Out of 10: 9 Notes: Ah, so beautiful. Every sentence of this book was lovely.  It's a memoir of the author's year in Rome while writing a novel, just after his wife gave birth to twins. I am not at all interested … Continue reading The End of Year Book Report (#3)

Flash Fiction: Danielle (Version 2)

Danielle dabbed her nose with the powder puff one last time and then stared at herself in the mirror. Every stroke of cosmetic and wisp of hair was expertly applied or fixed, thanks to many hours of practice and guidance from the pleasant accent of Laurraine, the former French model turned YouTube guru. A dark … Continue reading Flash Fiction: Danielle (Version 2)

Flash Fiction: Danielle (Version 1)

Danielle dabbed her nose with the powder puff one last time and then stared at herself in the mirror. Everything was just as she had practiced one hundred times in the safety of her own bathroom, with extensive guidance from Miss Julie Rocket on YouTube. Her mascara doubled her lashes, without clumps. Her blush and … Continue reading Flash Fiction: Danielle (Version 1)

That Time When…

...you spend an hour and half entering random search terms on the internet and posting on a half dozen What's the Book? forums trying to find a book, whose title and author you have both forgotten, that you read somewhere between two and four years ago, and then suddenly you realize that you have this feature on … Continue reading That Time When…

Say What? Edition 4: Thoughts From Italy

A collection of random linguistically-related thoughts that popped into my head while in Italy four weeks ago. ******************** Language can provide anonymity in a crowd. One of my biggest linguistic pleasures when in Europe is hearing half a dozen languages spoken around me at any one time. I enjoy it partly because you feel a … Continue reading Say What? Edition 4: Thoughts From Italy

Say What? Edition 3: Thoughts From Switzerland

A collection of random, linguistically-related thoughts that popped into my head while in Switzerland five weeks ago. ******************** Going abroad makes you realize that your language skills aren't nearly as good as they should be. How did I used to be fluent in German but a few weeks ago I couldn't even understand what the Swiss … Continue reading Say What? Edition 3: Thoughts From Switzerland

But Is That Butts or Butts?

English has no shortage of homonyms that can easily cause confusion for someone trying to learn this language. But they can almost as easily cause confusion among native speakers as well. On our way into mountains last Sunday to hike Grays and Torreys peaks, my two girlfriends and I saw a sign on I-70 just … Continue reading But Is That Butts or Butts?

The Half Year Book Report (#3)

January through June 2017 I didn't read very much during the first half of this year. If you follow my blog, you know I've gone through a major life change and, as a result, haven't had the concentration for reading that I normally do. I've set aside the printed word for a lot of Netflix … Continue reading The Half Year Book Report (#3)

Flash Fiction: A Jamaican Proposal

Sun on a dirt path, rutted by large tractor wheels, bronzes our bare arms. We are the only tourists in the jitney to the waterfall at this early hour. When we arrive, our guide, Clive, greets us and we ascend to the first cascade. Under Clive’s direction, we pose beneath the plummeting water, on the … Continue reading Flash Fiction: A Jamaican Proposal