Archive for August 2020

Would you like a new Words Worth Defending post? Marvelous!

Would you like a new Words Worth Defending post? Marvelous!
I’ve mentioned before this (specifically, here) that the word “incredible” is misused in addition to being used too often. It was one of my first posts in the category Words Worth Defending. I originally thought that “incredible” just didn’t get enough use in its standard sense, meaning not credible, not believable, and I still want... Read more »

Dear Diary: Journaling is self-care, and here's how

Dear Diary: Journaling is self-care, and here's how
As I mentioned previously, the two entries under J in my pandemic helper, “The *More or Less* Definitive Guide to Self-Care,” are Joke and Journal. I started writing in my diary before the term “journal” tried to overtake it. By then, I had a nightly habit to start writing with the powerful words “Dear Diary.”... Read more »

Joking is self-care -- seriously!

Joking is self-care -- seriously!
In the handbook that’s yielded several recent posts, “The *More or Less* Definitive Guide to Self-Care” by Anna Borges, the tips and ideas are arranged alphabetically. Even J gets two entries: Joke and Journal. You have my permission to be startled at the news that I like both entries equally well. As Borges writes at... Read more »
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Hockey in August and other summer oddities

Hockey in August and other summer oddities
Things are beginning to develop new norms as we lurch along in 2020.  I’m enjoying following the Chicago Blackhawks‘ progress in the Stanley Cup playoffs, which didn’t seem possible when (ice) hockey paused in March and the team’s record wasn’t strong enough to qualify for it. But now, all of the Western Conference playoff teams... Read more »

The joys of an ordinary day

The joys of an ordinary day
I woke up yesterday, Aug. 10, and turned on my radio as usual. Then I wanted to wake up “for real,” because the radio hosts were talking about looting, rioting, and raised bridges closing most access to the Loop. Surely that was a nightmare. No, that was waking up yesterday morning. Then the light started... Read more »

I'm gonna be (500 miles -- and 500 posts)

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To celebrate the appearance of this, my 500th post here on Margaret Serious, here is my own version of the words to “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles),” originally recorded by The Proclaimers. For those not familiar with the tune — or the original words — I’ve provided a link to video of my favorite version... Read more »
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