"Pull your dress down, darlin'. We don't show our treasure." I saw that quote the other week and it made me laugh, first because it's so Southern and I spent a good bit of my young adulthood in south. I was even married to a Southern boy, once. Briefly. Very briefly. Does anyone say "darlin' " . . .
Writing a book is...difficult. Authors pour every ounce of their being into a tome--no small amount of blood, sweat and tears are shed--and then it's out, for the world to read. And review. Which brings me to the difficult subject of book reviews. Who among us hasn't been taken in by a dozen . . .
Hello my darlings, it's me again, the Grammar Bitch, here to help set you straight in the new year. It's been a couple years now since I've taught college classes, and I miss the fun of teaching. So I'd like to have some fun right this very minute, okay? We're talking today about word crimes. . . .
Radziwill is one of those names that used to only resonate with women of our generation. At one time it was the married name of Lee Bouvier, the sister of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Her husband was Prince of Poland and during their marriage, she was known as Princess Lee Radziwill. She had a son, . . .
Grammar errors. Read enough Facebook posts and even blogs and the grammar makes your eyes burn. I am not exactly the grammar police, but I have to admit: I do judge. A little. I mean, master the craft, writers. It's not like we didn't learn it in every year of school, starting in first grade. A . . .
Everything you need will come to you at the perfect time. Yes, I know this is hard for some to swallow because the Universe has "gifted" them with some tremendous challenges. But have you ever heard someone say that their difficulties, their disease, the problems in their lives were actually a . . .
Are you one of those people who likes things neatly tied up in perfectly fitting boxes? That's how I used to be. Ambiguity was a horrifying thought. Uncertainty used to make me uncomfortable. I've always been a big believer in "what you see is what you get." Now that I'm past midlife, though, I . . .
So what comes to mind when you see this sign? Image? Word? Anecdote? Emotion? Don't think about it. Just go down to the comments and write down the very first thing that came to mind. Inquiring minds want to know. . . .
I saw this number on rocks along the jetty at Half Moon Bay, Calif. the other day. There are others, too, but not necessarily consecutive. It was curious. Intriguing. So let's figure out what they are. Write a few sentences in the comments about what this reminds you of. First thing that . . .
Those who knew me growing up also knew the contentious relationship I had with my father. His role was to guide me with an iron fist and I fought him tooth and nail, passively and aggressively. The day I walked down the aisle with M my father grinned ear-to-ear. I always believed behind that smile . . .