Of Teachers and Why We Love Them, My Favorite One, and Two Birthdays

I think we’ve seen the last of them for this year: the first-day-of-school photos that spill down our social media screens. Darling children in their new clothes and unscuffed shoes, grinning for the camera and holding their signs: Amelia, second grade. Dylan, fourth. And the less-than-darling, I’m-too-old-for-this children, holding signs or not, wearing I-couldn’t-care clothes … More Of Teachers and Why We Love Them, My Favorite One, and Two Birthdays

National Punctuation Day

Today! Today is National Punctuation Day! I wouldn’t have known and hadn’t ever– before today– even heard of such a thing. But bing.com delivered to me this delightful news earlier this morning, and I just couldn’t let the day pass without a small celebration. Punctuation is Great. Really and truly Great. It’s fascinating in its … More National Punctuation Day

Little Things

Donuts and coffee at the kitchen table, the morning light streaming into the breakfast room, and another half hour remains before we have to leave for church. Bill has the latest issue of the Independent Weekly before him, and I see there in the table of contents that this issue holds a review of the … More Little Things

Best Wishes

It’s only Wednesday. I’m not all that tired. Not Yet. Maybe verbal blunders aren’t signs of fatigue. Maybe they’re just verbal blunders, or signs of old age. But when I talked with my Alaskan sister this afternoon, and when we ended our conversation, and when I expressed my love to her family, this is what … More Best Wishes

Phone Call

I call her because I’m in the car, and I’m alone, and I am thinking about the meaning of the word “a.” And I’m thinking about this especially because she realized a New Definition of the word “a,” and because she is an editor for Merriam-Webster, and because she is very smart. And because she … More Phone Call


So my younger sister Emily (the one who is an editor for Merriam-Webster— yes, the dictionary), gave me a page-a-day calendar for Christmas. A page-a-day of words. What a great gift for me. I’m loving it on several levels, and the first is also the most base: I Love it when I already know the … More Page-a-Day

Shakespeare Update

Sorry, folks. I’m much too tired to tell you anything that’s buzzing in my brain tonight. But it’s been Days since I posted, so here’s a little something from Bill, newly arranged with my Shakespeare magnetic poetry on the front of our refrigerator: I did belch with much vulgar vehemence. But it’s Shakespeare! Sort of.

Chaucer, Anyone?

Whan that Aprill with his shoures sooteThe droghte of March hath perced to the roote,And bathed every veyne in swich licourOf which vertu engendred is the flour…. My students are memorizing this. These and the other fourteen opening lines of the General Prologue to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. A few of them (small handful) actually like … More Chaucer, Anyone?


mephitic adj of, relating to, or resembling mephitis; foul-smelling Right. Do Not Define a word employing a word I do not know. That is Not Helpful, Merriam Webster. Unless, of course, the word I do not know can be Easily Found (don’t you know how easy it is for me to get lost –and for … More Mephitic