SoCS: Kohl’s and Prose

I do not have a flyer in hand I do not have an ad under nose Only a mailing filled with prose The Kohl’s twenty percent has been used And the five dollar bonus too Toward pretty sweater of teal blue I threw the fast food coupons away Into the garbage last week with the remnants of a smelly leek Internet has been a special friend Spending here, spending there A little bit of a credit card tear Searched forRead more

#WATWB: Helping Children to Read

In the month of December, as a holiday challenge, most of the offices in the region in which I work donate to a charitable cause. Over the years, recipients of physical and cash donations have included local animal shelters, Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, Glory Honor flights, and food pantries. The office in which I work is small, so we tend to give a cash donation to whatever organization we agree upon. In aRead more

SoCS: Lots of Means, No Ways

I haven’t blogged since October 31st. That means I might have been a little busy. With other things. Like a Risk Management Conference in Madison on the first two days in November. This means that I was able to fill my bag with goodies from the vendor booths, like pads of paper and post-it notes, pens, chip clips, squeezie penguins, more pens, tote bags, highlighters, little plastic calendars, and leftover Halloween treats. Scratch that last one. Being on a part-Keto,Read more

Following Mr. King’s Advice

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King When I took part in a poetry class at the local University Extension back in April and May, the instructor told us a number of times to read poetry more often than write poetry. For the reason that teacher and Stephen King stated – having the tools to write – I decided to make it a missionRead more

Adding up the Weekend

I had one of THOSE weekends. The kind of weekend when not doing anything adds up to quite a bit. Therefore, it’s time for Monday morning math. Simple addition. Take one weekend, Saturday and Sunday (two points each). Add in perfect weather that looked like this: Temperatures in the upper 70’s, low humidity, blue skies, a few passing clouds (five points). Include time spent with friends and church community. (Ten points for friends at a birthday/anniversary party and an estimatedRead more

Creative Inspiration

I bought a new book on Saturday. My good sense told me that I already have enough books that are either half read or never read and I shouldn’t waste my money. But then that horned guy made me do it. He stuck his pitchfork in me until I reached in my wallet and handed over the loot. That’s my excuse. Good sense rolled her eyeballs and laughed. But I digress. I bought a new book on Saturday. It’s aRead more

I, Clawdius

“I, Felinius Clawdius Gibbserus Zero Bratticus, this-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all my titles) who was once, and not so long ago either, known to my friends and relatives and associates as “Clawdius the Idiot” or “That Darn Clawdius” or “Clawdius the Howler” or “Claw-Claw-Clawdius” or at best as “Poor Uncle Clawdius”, am now about to share this strange history of my life; starting from my earliest kittenhood and continuing year by year until I reach the fatefulRead more

Alphabook Store

What can one find at the book store? Books. Duh. And the alphabet in several forms. I love the local Half-Price Book Store, especially when I can pick up a John Sanford hard cover for $2.00, order a book that will be shipped home for less than Amazon, and be paid for the used books that others desire. It’s also a great place for musical aficionados of CDs and vinyl and the odds and ends that normally adorn this typeRead more

Tall, Striped Hat

What is life in the eyes of a cat? Does he ponder his existence? Does he yearn for a tall, striped hat?   What is life as she veers toward the sun? Does she wonder about this simple life? Does she yearn for more food and fun?   What is life as the sun creeps on one gray paw? Is it about testing the warmth? Or is soaking up rays part of mandatory cat law?   What is life asRead more

A Memory With Mom: Unwanted

Author Andra Watkins has released her latest book, Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, and is asking her fans, friends and followers to “make a memory.” You can read reviews of Andra’s book here and you can find details on how to make your own memory on her website, AndraWatkins.com. In a recent reply to a comment I posted on her site, Andra tells me that she wants to make a memory by celebrating mom’s daily enjoymentRead more

I Came. I Saw. I READ.

Originally posted on The Accidental Cootchie Mama:
I read an article in the Washington Post recently. Reading Is Different Online Than Off. Seriously. Click on the link. I’ll wait. Okay. Now that you’re back, let’s discuss. Because I’m alarmed at the number of people who’ve said things like this to me lately: Your book is the first book I’ve read in, like, FOREVER. I feel guilty when I take time to read. It’s like I’m not really DOING anything. My crazy life……if…

Walking, Walking, Walking…

That’s what author and fellow blogger Andra Watkins (a/k/a Accidental Cootchie Mama) has been doing since March 1st. Walking, walking, walking the 444 miles of the Natchez Trace. Fifteen miles a day in all elements of wind and weather, while mom, dad, husband and friends joined her at various points of the journey. Andra was very close to giving up at one point, but found the courage and determination to carry on. Every day, the author of “To Live Forever: TheRead more