Thursday, November 15, 2012
Can we please institute an "Extreme Couponers Only" check-out station? Or at least a "No Extreme Couponers" check-out station? (Kind of like the express one?)
Why yes, I did say "excuse me" while passing in front of your line of vision to the shelf. But don't trouble yourself to respond. I know you're concentrating.
No need to move your cart from the very center of the aisle to the side. The extra calories I burn turning around and taking a different aisle back around to end up on the other side of you will do me some good.
Heavens, no, I didn't find everything okay!
Lord, help me have a better attitude and be grateful for the convenience and provision. (Okay, I do say that one, to myself.)
Friday, June 22, 2012
OOoooh, the sun'll come out, tomarrow
Bet your bottom arrow that tomarrow... er, wait a minute. Something's wrong. Arrow? Crikey! There's no "a" in tomorrow! Anywhere!
Let's regroup and try the second stanza of verse 1:
Just thinkin' about tomorrow
Takes away the cobwebs and the sorrow
'Til there's none.
Yes, that's it. Tomorrow rhymes with sorrow and borrow, not arrow or bone marrow.
Contrary to what you see slopped all over facebook or a folded sheet of binder paper being passed across study hall, there is no "a" in the word "tomorrow". Also note-worthy are the double "r", and single "m"--poor things are misrepresented in this pesky word too. But I couldn't think of a memorable song for them.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Why the hiatus? You might say the ol' creativity well dried up. Temporarily. And I'm not ready to announce a big dam burst or anything like that either. But I do know this. Little by little and drop by drop, inspiration is once again starting to form tiny cloud bursts (kind of like the little hand-sized cloud Elijah's servant saw in 1 Kings 18:44?). And even more important is the excitement about maybe, just possibly, starting to share them again. Lord Jesus, thank you. Your will be done.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Alas! No existing Friday Fix on loose/lose!
So here goes.
L-O-S-E is pronounced "luze", as in If we don't start making some shots, we're gonna lose the game!
As in Man, I hope Illinois doesn't lose again.
As in Sooo, if Illinois DOES make it to the big dance, will it be one and done? How long before we lose?
Oh, sorry. Got a little carried away. March madness, yanno. Go Illini!
L-O-O-S-E is pronounced "luce". As in How loose is your goose?
As in Make the noose loose.
I used "goose" and "noose" on purpose, to illustrate that if in doubt about the extra "o", you can picture a goose or a noose, or hey! Why not a goose wearing a noose ('cause I'm efficient like that), and remind yourself that because you want them both loose, keep the double o. Kay?
What's the time? Quiz, time, my friend! Are "loose" and "lose" used correctly in the following sentence?
His pants are so loose that he'll lose them if he's not careful!
You're right, it IS correct! (Both in usage and in terms of factual content--Tip: Suspenders, Buddy! Or how 'bout tightening that belt above the waistband of your underwear?)
And if that doesn't make sense, well then, you're probably just a looser. ;-)
Friday, December 10, 2010
The conundrum? Whether to use "awhile" or "a while." And they really are two different beasts.
The oracle at DailyWritingTips.com explains beautifully:
A while is a noun meaning “a length of time”
•“I slept for a while.”
- (compare with “I slept for a bit” and “I slept for three hours”)
“I was away from my desk for a while.”
- (compare with “I was away from my desk for two minutes”)
Awhile is an adverb, meaning “for a time,” or literally, “for a while”.
•“I slept awhile before dinner.”
(compare with “I slept deeply before dinner” and “I slept badly before dinner”.)
As you can see, the words can be used almost interchangeably in some cases – but a while needs to be accompanied by a preposition, such as “for” (“I slept for a while”) or “ago” (“I left work a while ago”). Awhile always means “for a while”.
Dig? So let's practice; which are correct?
A. I had to stop studying awhile because my eyes were crossing.
B. Let's walk for a while and see where we end up.
C. Ugh, that Tobasco sauce had me worried there for awhile.
D. I'd love to spend a while soaking up your awesome presence.
If you chose A & B you are a winner!!! There's no prize, but you are definitely a WINNER! Soak that up for awhile, er. . . a while. :-)
Friday, November 19, 2010
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How like Him to implant His words in my heart so firmly that I'd be sustained and tuned into Him during that difficult time. And any time.
You can also order at the above links, but if you're local I can save you a few bucks. I'll be placing my order by November 29, so let me know if you're interested and I'll order yours along with mine! :-)
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Oh. October 1st?
Well, then according to KST (Kathy Standard Time) it's time I post the first day of school pictures. Yes, silly, they ARE 2010--I know! Not bad, right?
Illustrious academics, roaring to get ta tha learnin' and stuff.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Now, getting a rabbit hadn't even appeared as a blip on the radar screen. We simply went in to Shane's mom's house for a visit and ended up coming home with another pet.
Apparently, a 4-H kid was tired of caring for this little cutie and her family was just going to turn it loose. A kind gal overheard and wouldn't stand for it. So she took the rabbit along with two other ones, vowing to find them good homes. This kind gal happens to be a neighbor of my mother-in-law and thought our kiddos might enjoy a new pet.
She was right.
And how has Penny-Poo adapted?All signs indicate that if we can keep her from playing "too hard" things should work out just fine!
Now, can anyone tell me anything I should know about rabbit-keeping? For starters, what kind of rabbit is this?
Thanks for any help!
Friday, June 25, 2010
You may have noticed the new blog template. It's an attempt to jazz up the ol' blah-g.
But just because the presentation--the package, if you will--has changed, doesn't mean the blog itself has changed. Same writer, same types of posts, same pretty much everything else.
But it needed an updated look, if not for readers, then at least for me. It was like I actually looked at the old colors one day and thought, "Yuck-o! Time for a change." And to me, this new look compliments my goals for what's posted here. It's cheerier, no? And a bit wistful?
So enough about that. What does this have to do with you packaging your messages? Simply this: consider the best, most complimentary method to deliver your message.
Case in point. Kids are playing loudly inside and you're trying to get some work done. Goal: get them to continue playing, but outside.
So you say, "Why don't you guys go outside and play?" Right? I mean, you can't convey your message any clearer than that.
But kids aren't stupid. Imbedded in this particular message is, "You're annoying me and I can't work with you in here." And they get that. Do they take it outside? Sure. But they carry a little extra chip with them when they do. Which is NOT the goal.
So then what about this? "Hey, you guys haven't been in the tree house for a few weeks. Why don't you take your game out there and also double-check to see if any critters have moved in?"
The original goal will be met, because, come ON... what kid isn't gonna rush right out, secretly hoping critters DID move in?! But more importantly, the goal was met without injury. It even provides the listeners with a goal of their own. (Adventure!)
If it helps, think of literal packaging, especially if the message you're sharing is important. Would this person like bright, frilly bows or an organic-looking brown bag with pine cones or stalks of wheat sticking out? In other words, and I've said this before, consider your audience.
We Christians talk a lot about meeting people where they are. Our message never changes. But our methods should never be one-size-fits-all. Jesus reponded differently to different people, according to their needs. Paul followed suit. Let's carry that over into our communication choices for maximum impact.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Book Review: Life in Defiance by Mary E. DeMuth
Secrets. Ouisie Pepper has her share of them: there's the bottle of alcohol tucked away in a vase, the paintings she hides, the baptism that wasn't, the violence in her home, and the still-at-large killer of her son's best friend that she's reluctant to expose. And Ouisie's greatest longing--freedom.
Mary DeMuth has done it again with her final installment of the Defiance, Texas trilogy.
In Daisy Chain, the first in the series, the disappearance of 13-year-old Daisy Chance torments her best friend, Jed, and haunts her mother, Emory. In the second title of the trilogy, A Slow Burn, Emory comes to terms with her daughter's murder and her own regret at not being a better mother.
The third book, Life in Defiance, finds Ouisie, Jed's mother, battling her own mothering issues, as well as trying to become the perfect wife to tame her pastor-husband's rage. With each humiliating act he inflicts on her, Ouisie questions what she's doing wrong and determines to win his love again. Out of desperation she turns to a spiritual "how to" book on becoming the woman God wants her to be.
Then there's the matter of the murderer still on the loose. Daisy's killer is identified once and for all in a juicy twist that brings a surprising revelation, culmination--and strangely--liberation, for Ouisie Pepper.
DeMuth's ability to create powerful images propels the provocative story into a movie lover's dream. I was pulled so strongly into some scenes that even when life forced me to put the book down, I would carry them in my mind, reliving Ouisie's vivid and sordid reality and feeling empathy for her self-berating. Doesn't every mom feel like she falls short? I found myself relating to her constant thirst for something more.
And found myself rejoicing with her when she finds it.
Life in Defiance was released on May 11, 2010, and is available locally at The Open Door or online. If you're looking to beef up your summer reading list, I highly recommend the entire Defiance, Texas Trilogy. You'll mourn loss, root for love and forgiveness, and discover that secrets can be gloriously freeing when unveiled and given to Christ.
Friday, April 30, 2010
2) Accidently or accidentally?
This Friday Fix is brought to you by my own uncertainty. I have actually avoided using either of these words before because I didn't know the correct spelling and I was too lazy to look them up at the time.
The time has come, my friend.
According to dictionary.com (my fave!), incidentally is the correct form. Interestingly enough, though, both accidently and accidentally are acceptable. Who knew?
Incidentally, the -ally suffix makes perfect sense when you consider that incidental and accidental are adjectives. Slapping on the -ly suffix turns them into adverbs, making the -ally form "most" correct.
Yanno, in case you need a reason. ;-)