Archive for October 2014

Desert island books

Desert island books
Since my post about my favorite short story, I’ve been thinking about other favorite stories and books. I did write that “The Adventure of the Empty House” is almost uncontested as my favorite, so here’s my chance to write about what else is in the contest, so to speak. I’ve heard and read in various... Read more »

Words worth defending -- ably

Words worth defending -- ably
I’ve written elsewhere (here) about my least favorite adverbs. Well, it’s time I evened the score by writing about some of my favorites, the sort of adverb that is specific and can make a verb precise. You’ll notice from the headline that I’m going to do this ably — with ability. I am an able... Read more »

The road to ending insomnia - and writer's block, too

The road to ending insomnia - and writer's block, too
I rarely have trouble sleeping. When I do, I ask myself whether I feel like getting up and writing. If I don’t feel awake enough to write, well, maybe I’m just on my way to being asleep. (There’s the link to the theme of the week, “The Road Less Traveled” — after all, who’s awake... Read more »
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Why 'The Adventure of the Empty House' is my favorite story

Why 'The Adventure of the Empty House' is my favorite story
(NOTE: The following is another in the series of posts inspired by my esteemed colleague Aquinas Wired, author of the Chicago Now blog “The Quark in the Road.” His recent post about the late Dr. Harry Solomon led us to exchange comments on one of Dr. Solomon’s enthusiasms, Sherlock Holmes stories, and I commented that... Read more »

A jackpudding of unjustly forgotten words for this National Day on Writing

A jackpudding of unjustly forgotten words for this National Day on Writing
An astute reader recently sent me Paul Anthony Jones’ “An A to Z of Noah Webster’s Finest Forgotten Words” from Huff Post Books. (If you missed, it, catch up here.)  I told my friend that I would be likely to use at least some of them in a post. Then I read Mary Schmich’s column... Read more »

In defense of exclamation points

In defense of exclamation points
(Note: The following was suggested by a post today on another Chicago Now blog, Where the Beer and Whiskey Flow, written by Bill Mayeroff, headlined “End exclamation points NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”) Ban exclamation points, and the world would have to get louder — audibly or IN PRINT. You don’t like that idea? Simple! Use the exclamation point. That’s... Read more »
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Oh, applesauce! Make your own emphatic word

Oh, applesauce! Make your own emphatic word
Emphatic words, the things you just want to let fly, don’t need to be ugly. They can be a lot more fun if they’re silly. I’ve been remembering how my sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. James, would get exasperated and want to let loose one of those choice words. But she was a strong lady, dedicated to... Read more »

Another sort of typed post about 'kind'

Another sort of typed post about 'kind'
(NOTE: Thanks to my esteemed colleague, Chicago Now’s Aquinas Wired, I’m continuing the idea from yesterday’s post about the word “kind.” He said here that he kinda liked it. Well, let’s see about this sort of thing.) So many meanings can fit into so few words! When I got thinking about saying “kind” instead of “nice,”... Read more »

A few kind words about 'kind'

A few kind words about 'kind'
Hello there, reader. How kind of you to stop by and give my writing a few minutes of your precious time. See how good that feels? You’re kind enough to notice me, and kind enough to notice what I’m pointing out. On the other hand, think of the last time somebody told you “That’s nice.”... Read more »
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The naming of cats

The naming of cats
The theme of the week for “This Blogger Life” is “What’s in a name?” I know that line started with “Romeo and Juliet” and a rose, but I’ve been thinking of a different version this week. Maybe it was thinking about Lincoln Park Zoo’s “big cats” while writing  a previous post , or maybe it’s... Read more »