I have one of those grill press thingies (like a sandwich toaster) that cook your food from both sides and drain off the fat. My daughters bought me a new one for my birthday. I'm still wiping this one clean between each use. (If not removed, deposits can congeal and pull off the non-stick surface.) … Continue reading Griller Fillers
Affect or Effect?
Before you affect a change, consider the effect of previous changes. ### Most of the time, affect is a verb and effect is a noun. (But not always. That would be too easy!) The verb to affect means to influence something (or, to have an effect on it). Verbs are often Actions which, like affect, begins with an 'A'. … Continue reading Affect or Effect?
Long Live the President?
a personal opinion
A Plethora of Proverbs
A senior story For some reason, I shoehorned in as many proverbs and sayings as I could. I've no idea why I decided this was a good idea. Put it down to my age... Proverbial Wisdom I remember when Beth started work in our department. She had the face of an angel and the body … Continue reading A Plethora of Proverbs
Fewer or less
### Someone asked me about this earlier, but it became lost in my list of things-to-look-up. To be honest, I usually try them both out and decide which sounds best, but that's how I've been choosing words for years (when writing. When speaking I just come out with the first thing that comes...) But I … Continue reading Fewer or less
Another poem about punctuation. Grammar gurus rewrite the laws once taught in all our schools, formerly undisputed when the teachers made the rules. Miss taught us that a comma goes where we would pause to breathe. Now grammar buffs say otherwise; so, who should I believe? Some say it doesn’t matter now to who or … Continue reading Grammercy!
Looking for Clues
evaluating internet information
A rhyme of things to come? Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com “I forgot…” As I hold the things out to explain my daughter, not looking, says, “Never mind, Mum. What did you forget this time? Clinic appointment? That’s not till next week; there’s no need to look glum.” As I dangle them, jingling, my … Continue reading I Forgot
(Here's one I made earlier... updated from September 1920) My biggest writing challenge is thinking up stories. I often read blogs and comments from writers whose stories spring up like weeds in their heads, jostling to be told. My head is a cerebral wasteland where few shoots flourish. After decades of neglect, my imagination seems … Continue reading Inspiration Perspiration
Sticks and Stones
(A reblog from 2018) Remember the old playground chant? Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me. Sadly, it’s only true in the physical sense. Harsh words from those we love or trust often hurt, but unkind criticism from those who don’t know us should be another matter. Us beginners … Continue reading Sticks and Stones