Category Archives: writing

No excuses now

My last post was almost exactly a year ago. It started out with the statement About how I was going to start tending to my blog again. That turned out well, didn’t it? It’s not that I have not had anything to say all year. It’s just that I have not had a convenient way to say it. You see, I’m always thinking about things — while I’m driving, washing the dishes, feeding the dogs, whatever — my thoughts could be brilliant blog posts. But if I’m not in front of a computer, well, they just aren’t going to be recorded.

But now, now I have something new to help me blog more frequently.
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Hey! I got my dashboard back!

Are you wondering why I haven’t posted in so long?  Well, for one thing, I got busy when I went back to work.  No, it wasn’t writer’s block.  In fact, I’ve had quite a bit to say about many things, but no time to write.  Then there were technical problems.  Many times, I couldn’t even log in — I don’t know why.  Last week, I asked to reset my password.  Then I was able to log in, but there was no dashboard.  I did some research and apparently, others have had the same problem.  I was thinking about installing another browser (I use IE 7), but then I just got aggravated and decided against it.  I had been getting emails letting me know I have comments to moderate, and tonight I decided to try once more.  Presto!  My dashboard is back.  And so am I.  At least for now.

What is a vast majority to you?

Are there words or phrases that bug you when you hear them used?  I don’t mean expressions like, “like,” “you know,” “so anyway…,” or any other patter that occurs during casual communications.  No, I’m talking about vague terminology and euphemisims used so often in the media and by the government that it makes one wonder if all of them are totally unaware of how annoying that is to the vast majority of people.

Take vast majority for instance. What percent constitutes a vast majority?  I tried to find out by Googling the exact phrase, “vast majority” and examining some of the 18.6 million results. Continue reading

Upcoming Topics:

I’ve made a list of topics to write about.  These topics come from two categories:  observations about life in general (my life, of course) and observations about television.  Here are some examples from my list:

  • The bigger the purse, the more that gets stuffed into it:  How to keep your shoulders level.
  • New surprises in the laundry.
  • “So you’re 46, huh?”
  • A review of the literature on shaking hands — what literature?
  • On emotional intelligence.
  • Dangerous pets.
  • Oh, the irony of it all!
  • Why we love those pharmaceutical commercials on TV.
  • Does Steven Tyler really drive a Lexus?  Dream on!

Set your dial right here for these exciting essays and more!

Announcing my new Advice Column!

As anyone that knows me will tell you, I am a good person to ask for advice.  I am never shy about giving it away for free.  What you do with it is your business.  If you want to ask me for advice or criticize my advice or add to my advice (just like Dear Abby’s column), pleae use the Advice 4U page to comment.  I am looking forward to your questions and comments.

Writer’s Block

If you’ve been reading my earlier posts, you already know I’m living with a sports fanatic.  You should see how his face lights up when he’s telling one of his baseball stories or blabbing out statistics — he’s clearly into it.  But since I was getting tired of hearing it all, I turned him on to blogging so he could find a wider audience.  I didn’t realize I was creating a monster!

Two distinct traits of my sports nut’s personality make this possible.  They are a craving of competition (in any form possible)  since he’s not pitching anymore, and becoming obsessed with whatever he’s into at the time.  Last weekend, it was the new Harry Potter book, but I’m sure he had a lot of company there.

Now he’s back to blogging compulsively:  comparing his stats with mine, obsessing over checking “the score,” and making sure he blogs daily to keep his numbers up.  He expects me to do the same. Continue reading