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I post on Monday and Thursday with an occasional random blog thrown in for good measure. I do my best to answer all comments via email and visit around on the days I post.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

My Grandfather's Clock and Thankful Thursday

This, is my grandfather's clock. I mean that literally. Sometime between 1906 and 1910 my grandfather built this clock in his high school shop class. Which makes it between 105 and 109 years old.

It was a kit clock. The style, with the picket fence along the bottom, was popular in its day. In the original Great Gatsby movie (with Robert Redford) there's a scene in which a clock very similar to this one makes a brief appearance.

It's the only thing I have of my grandfather as he wasn't a part of my father's life and thus not a part of the lives of his grandchildren. My father said, since he slept in the living room, that he grew up listening to it's ticking and bonging all of his life. When Dad's mother died, he took the clock. Then he gave it to me.

It has kept descent time all these years, until recently when it just plain stopped.

We spent a small fortune and had the clockworks completely overhauled, cleaned and repaired.

It's tick-tocking and bonging beautifully once again.

The clock man says, with oiling once every 4 or 5 years, it's good for another 100 years. That's a lot of tick-tocks, a lot bongs.

My grandfather's clock is too tall for the shelf
So it's stood 109 years on the floor...                  

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ImageChef.comEvery Thursday, from now until I don't know when, I'm going to express my thankfulness, for at least ONE something.

I've chosen a picture of the Deep Field to remind us all of how precious and rare this tiny ball of dirt, that we call Earth, is. 

This is it. It's all we've got Let us be kind to Earth and each other. Let us be THANKFUL for what we have.




Today I'm thankful for: Hamburgers!
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 Why? Because it's National Hamburger Day.
Pay it forward, buy a hamburger for somebody in need.

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What are you thankful for? Do you have something from a grandparent that you cherish? Will you be eating or giving away a hamburger today?

Monday, May 25, 2015

What's Happening Today







Happy Memorial Day!


HAPPY Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams who wrote The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. "It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems with just potatoes."

Douglas adams portrait croppedThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

HAPPY Nation Tap Dance Day! Between the ages of 12 and 20 I took dance lessons. 4 of ballet and 4 of tap. LOVED tap. Famous tap dancers include: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, James Cagney, Lon Chaney, Sammy Davis Jr., Gregory Hines, Doris Day, Buddy Ebsen, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Shirley Temple. If you want to learn a little about these and other tap dancers click on Tap Legends.

HAPPY National Brown-Bag-It Day
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HAPPY National Wine Day!
'Still Life with Bottles, Wine, and Cheese' by John F. Francis, 1857, High Museum

On a more serious note, today is also

 National Missing Children's Day
Go HERE for more information

According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, each year some 800,000 children go missing in the United States. That's about 2,000 each day. Of those about 115 are stranger related abductions. The rest are either runaways or have been taken by someone the child knows.
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How sad that we even have to have a day like this.
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Doing anything special for Memorial Day? Have you read (or seen the movie) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?  Do you enjoy watching tap dancers, have a favorite dance? Brown bagging it? Drinking wine? Hopefully you have never had and never will have a child go missing.



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Alternatives and Thankful Thursday

Alternatives is a recurring post in which I give synonyms for an over used word. Click on the tab above for a "complete" list of over used words.



Today's word is:


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Like "effective" last week, this is another word I wouldn't have thought to include in my list of over used words. But here it is. Perhaps there are writers who write something like this:

"You could have stopped them." The emphasis on "could" did not escape her astute mind.
"How was I to know they'd chop off his head?" Tears streamed down her face for emphasis.
He sighed, emphasizing his exaggeration. "Surely with that uzi in your hands you could have done SOMEthing." 
She sniffed, rubbing her eyes. "I forgot where the safety was..."

Depending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing.


accent/accentuation, affirm, articulate, assert, attention

bear down, beat

charge, consequence, consideration

decidedness, dramatize, dwell on

enlarge, enunciate, express, evince

force

headline, heed, highlight, hit

ictus, import/importance, impress/impressiveness, indicate, insistence, insist on, intensity, italicize

labor the point, limelight

maintain, make a point, make clear, make emphatic, make much of, mark, moment

note

pinpoint, play up, point out, point up, positiveness, power, precedence, press, primacy, priority, preeminence, prominence, pronounce, punctuate, put the accent on,

regard, reiterate, repeat, rub in

show, significance, spotlight, strength, stress

top billing

underline/underlining, underscore/underscoring, urgency

value

weight, worth

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If, like me, you don't know what ictus means, it has to do with the stressed beat in poetry. In medicine it refers to a stroke or seizure.

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Every Thursday, from now until I don't know when, I'm going to express my thankfulness, for at least ONE something.

I've chosen a picture of the Deep Field to remind us all of how precious and rare this tiny ball of dirt, that we call Earth, is. 

This is it. It's all we've got Let us be kind to Earth and each other. Let us be THANKFUL for what we have.

Today I'm thankful for flowers in our yard.

It's spring and this spring is special because we've actually had a significant amount of rain. Over 5 inches and more is predicted, though weather people have been known to be mistaken.

This has been the longest, coolest, wettest spring we've had in many years, 4 or 5 at least. It is a relief.

The drought isn't broken yet, but it's a start.

In our yard...
 Black eyed Susan

 Horse mint

 Yarrow.

 Leather flower.

 Rose corn flower

 Road-side wild flower, can't remember the name.

Today I'm thankful for flowers.
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What are you thankful for? Got a favorite alternative word to emphasize something that needs emphasizing?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Blood, Boobs & Carnage Blogfest

It's the Blood, Boobs and Carnage Blogfest!

Hosted by Heather Garner and Alex Cavanaugh.

It can be any genre that fits the bill - fantasy, science fiction, action, adventure, western, thriller, etc. It can be a movie, a television show/series, a book or all three. You can visit other participating sickos HERE.




MOVIE
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess, was published in 1962. I read it around 1967 or 68 and saw the movie when it came out in 1972. By today's standard's, it's pretty tame. But when I saw it, I was rather traumatized and it was many years before I watched a movie with much in the way of violence it in.


Television
I suppose Deadwood is mild compared to Game of Thrones. I haven't watched but half a dozen or so episodes of the latter and in every single one people are flashing boobs and butts, or being maimed, tortured, and/or killed. As violent and gritty as Deadwood is, I liked it because it's based on actual historical events and people. Yes it's been "Hollywoodized" but still, Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant as antagonists? Who could ask for more? By the way Justified with Timothy Olyphant is a good candidate for this blogfest, as are The Borgias and Da Vinci's Demons.


Book
I can't think of the last time I read a book with much in the way of blood, boobs and carnage. Since I mostly read middle grade and some young adult, the BB & C is kept to a minimum, which is just fine with me.


Got a favorite violent movie, TV show, or book? Don't be shy, do share.

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And now, just in case my friend farawayeyes happens by, I will soften this BB&C post with a little soothing tropical eye candy. :)




Thursday, May 14, 2015

Alternatives and Thankful Thursday

Alternatives is a recurring post in which I give synonyms for an over used word. Click on the tab above for a "complete" list of over used words.


Today's word is: Effective



I can't say that effective has ever been on my personal list of overused words, but when I originally began collecting words it's one that came up so, not wanting to leave someone elses pet word out, I thought I'd best include it. 

Depending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing.

able, accomplished, active, actual, adept, adequate, applicable

be firing on all cylinders, businesslike

capable, cogent, compelling, competent, consummate, convincing, current

direct, dispatch, do the trick,does what it says on the tin dynamic

effectual, efficacious, efficient, emphatic, energetic, ergonomic, essencial, experienced, expert

feasible, fire, forceful/forcible, fruitful, functional

hard-hitting, having lead in, helpful, hyperefficient,

impelling, implied, impressive, in effect, in execution, in force, in operation

killer

labor-saving, light, live

masterly, miraculous, moving

on the ball, operative, ortganized

pencil, persuasive, playing hardball, potent, powerful, powerhouse, practicable, practical, practiced, proactive, producing, productive, proficient, punch/punchy

real, realizable, resultant, rough and ready, run/go like clockwork

serviceable, serving, skilled/skillful, smooth, snappy, sound, striking, strong, sufficient

tacit, technical, telling, timesaving, together, treat, trenchant, trick, try

ultraefficient, unacknowledged, usable, useful

valid, valuable, versed, veteran, virtual, virtuoso, virtuous

weighty, well oiled, well tried, wicked, with dispatch, work like a charm, work wonders/miracles, workable, working, worth, worth your salt

yielding

If you'd like, to HERE to hear a youngster named Jannah Bolin sing The 7 Habits of Effective People. Pretty cool.




THANKFUL THURSDAY


I've been delinquent with these posts due to the A to Z Challenge. At least that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it. 
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Every Thursday, from now until I don't know when, I'm going to express my thankfulness, for at least ONE something.

I've chosen a picture of the Deep Field to remind us all of how precious and rare this tiny ball of dirt, that we call Earth, is. 

This is it. It's all we've got Let us be kind to Earth and each other. Let us be THANKFUL for what we have.




Today I'm thankful for Coral Reefs.

They are vital to the health of the planet.
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And yet they are dying.
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Their beauty cannot save them.
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Only we can. And while we make plans to go to the moon and to Mars, less than 10% of the oceans have been explored. We know so little about our home, why do we need to go to places where we cannot live? Earlier this month, off the coast of Puerto Rico (the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean) scientist captured images of new creatures that have yet to be named.

Check it out.


Today I'm thankful for coral reefs.

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What are you thankful for?

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Mother's Day Tribute

I know, yesterday was Mother's Day, but do I care? No, I don't. Here's to all the mothers who contributed to my DNA.

On my father's side
My great great great grandmother,
Sallie Carver Haught, mother of:

 My great great grandmother,
Sarah Haught Miller, mother of my grandfather 
James Munroe Miller who married:

My great grandmother,
 Eliza Vincent Miller
mother of:

my grandmother
Sarah Eliza Miller Denham ( later changed her name to Vivian)
mother of my father, John Stanford Denham


On my mother's side

My great grandmother
Berta Chase Hartwell, mother of:


My grandmother
Erva Hartwell Boulon, mother of:

My mother, Erva Claire
sitting on the lap of my OTHER great grandmother
Claire Boulon who was the mother of my grandfather, Paul Boulon, Sr.

And finally,
my mother, Erva Claire Boulon Denham
who's birthday is tomorrow, the 12th.
Happy Birthday, Mom.
I'm blessed to have so many pictures. Particularly those on my father's side that go back so far thanks to the efforts of my cousin, Laura, who has been researching the family genealogy.

How far back can you trace your roots? Do you have any pictures of your ancestors?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Posting first Wednesday of every month YOU can sign up HERE to find out more about the purpose of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh.

In an effort to keep these posts short and sweet, I'll be sharing an appropriate quote. 

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Thomas Berger

Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.

Little Big Man (1970) PosterI didn't know who Thomas Berger was until I read up about him. 

He wrote Little Big Man. How many of you remember, or saw, the movie with Dustin Hoffman? That was way back in 1970... an age ago.

Berger died last year at 89. I don't remember reading or hearing anything about his passing. But then, maybe that's how he would have wanted it, as he was a recluse and satirist. 

I think his response to the age old question of why writers write, is spot on.

Go forth then and write what isn't there. Don't let yourself be bound to genre, or style, or what (heaven's forbid!) is currently popular. Certainly James Joyce wasn't thinking about ease of reading when he wrote Ulysses. As he said, he "put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant," which would earn the novel "immortality". 

So there. Go ahead and be enigmatic if you want. Write what isn't there.