A blog dedicated to word play such as parodies, puns, and word parallels and stories about libraries that you may not have heard before. It has also expanded to include a few book reviews, nature essays, stories about military and veterans, and tips about writers and writing. It has evolved into a sort of online journal
Hope you enjoy the ride and the fun.
Please let me know if there is word that deserves a riff or a library that has a story to share.
Thanks for joining me in the blogosphere.
Spring has sprung
Wet snow fell.
Which season is it?
I can not tell.
The calendar says one thing
The weather says another
I know it’s white and wet
And really quite a bother.
We’re just one week from Easter
At this rate my new bonnet
Will not be decked in flowers
But will have snow upon it. Rhododendron buds in the snow
Cherry blossoms covered in snow
Hat in a dogwood tree, in bud, with snow covered roots
Writer–One who writes or is able to write. It can also be one engaged in writing articles, books, stories (and blogs). An author or a journalist.
I submit that we are all writers (maybe more wannabes than published.). You may be the only one who reads what you have written, but the key word is that it is STILL written.
I have once again turned to the brilliant Dr. Rolig Loon to turn these thoughts into Latin (so you know it is important.)
Well, the simple translation is probably best >>> “Scribo ergo sum”
Less prosiac but still metaphorical >>> “To write is to live” … “Ad scribendum sit vivere”
More like ad copy? >>> “Give me a pen, I’m alive!” … “Da mi stylo, ego vivere”
Or more pensive? >>> “What is life without writing?” … “Quid est vita sine scribo?”
Or for a Rastafarian twist >>> “I am one with the word” … “Et ego unum verbum”
Or for a touch of Louis XIV >>> “The word is me” … “Quod sit sermo me”
From quill pens and parchment through typewriters to keyboards and bits, no matter what your preferred medium is, you ARE a Writer.
We hope that your read. Now find out how we are reading.
Though Americans increasingly listen to audiobooks, print books remain the most popular format for reading.
Source: Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks
People have used books as accent pieces or decorations for centuries. People being interviewed used to pose in front of book case long before the ubiquitous blue curtain with several strategically placed logos–whether for a photograph or a television/movie/video camera.
Places as diverse as an officer’s club or a hotel lobby often have books displayed to provide a sense of intellectual activity or to make the place seem more homey.
Now they can go one step further. Since the sense of smell is supposed to be the most primitive sense, why just look at old books when you can smell old books? It should come as no surprise that you can buy old book scented candles on Amazon. Frostberd (the company even sounds literary in a Tolkien kind of way) offers scents that include both books (like the Shire from the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and places (like Old Books or Reading at the Cafe).
To find out more click here for the Atlas Obscura article
A quick review of the Amazon site reveals other purveyors of old book scented candles.
- Luminous Candles, a soy based candles with titled collections including The Library, Antique Books, Outlander, Middle Earth, and Austen
- Dio Candles, Hogwarts book-sized collection with candles for all four houses.
- Paddywax Library Collection with a Tolstoy scented candle
- Village Candle Leather bound scented candle
What would be your favorite scented candle?
March is a hopscotch of Saints’ Days, equinox celebrations, with a bit of Shakespeare thrown in for good measure for measure.
The week begins with Daylight Savings Time on March 11, where we lose an hour of daylight in the morning but gain it in the evening. So rather than being dark when I get home from work, it is dark when I get up and drive to work. (I’m still not sure how this benefits me.)
March 15 is the day the that Caesar was murdered on his way to the Senate. A Soothsayer warns Caesar in Julius Caesar Act 1, Scene 2 in lines 103 and 109: “Beware the Ides of March”.
On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. It is the traditional death date of St. Patrick . People wear green to avoid being pinched by leprechauns and other less imaginary characters.
On March 19, the swallows return to the mission of San Juan Capistrano, California for St. Joseph’s Day. St. Joseph is celebrated as the husband of the Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus.
The vernal equinox or Spring is celebrated on March 20. The sun’s direct rays cross Earth’s equator from the Southern to the Northern hemisphere signalling the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Meteorological Spring occurred earlier in the month on March 1.
Good Friday is March 30 while both Easter and April Fool’s Day are on April 1.
Happy Spring Everybody!
I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the awesome Vision of Sid: Eye of a Teenager. He lives in India and has a great interest in International Relations. Check out his blog.
versatile blogger award
Rules are simple, just nominate other some blogger and ask them to answer a question asked by you and tell about yourself, 7-8 things.And provide the link in your blog of person’s site who have nominated you.
My question- once an enemy, always an enemy, comment
From studying history, I disagree with the premise that once an enemy, always an enemy. In World War II, the Allies fought against the Axis powers of Germany, Italy, and Japan. Today Germany and Japan are probably two of the United States’ strongest allies. France and Britain were enemies for centuries. Yet between the Battle of Waterloo (1815) and the start of the First World War (1914), they became allies.
I have also heard the old adage that “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” I think we have seen that premise played out many times. During World War II, China and Russia were both Allies against the Axis–yet after the war, they have jostled with each other and with other former allies. Sometimes it’s a national or regional difference of opinion, sometimes it seems like a game of spite–if you support them, we will support their opponent.
Some things about me:
- I am a volunteer librarian who likes to catalog, create bibliographies, and look up the odd reference question.
- Last year I moved back to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It is a gorgeous region with a lot of history. The woman who claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna (since disproved by both DNA and finding the real princess’s body in a well with the rest of her family), is buried in a grave yard near the University of Virginia, (so it’s not all Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.)
- I am a bibliophile–if desperate I have been known to read the back of the Comet can or a cereal box if nothing else is available. I always have a book in my purse, just in case….
- I have visited all 50 states of the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Antigua, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Martinique, Haiti, Jamaica, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Many other countries are on my bucket list.
- I love to write but seldom gave myself permission to write unless I was taking a writing class. (I have taken a variety of writing classes over the years, which is how I got started with e-Quips.) Now I try to write several times a week.
- I have a Fitbit (the cheap Zip model). I get to 10,000 steps 3-4X a week. I hate when the Fitbit does not track my steps correctly. If I am going to take a step, I want credit for it.
- I love to create alternative lyrics to songs. It’s how I entertain myself when I am on a long drive by myself. (It helps if I am listening to an oldies station, where I am more likely to know the song well enough to create new lyrics on the spot.)
My question: Are we the outcomes of nurture or nature?
My nominations for Versatile Blogger are:
The National Day of Unplugging runs from sunset on March 9 through sunset on March 10. It was founded by the Sabbath Manifesto. You can take the pledge and win a free cellphone sleeping bag, host an event with family, friends, or colleagues, create I/We Unplug To ______ posters. They even offer a DIY toolkit.
People are invited to unplug from their smartphones, tablets, computers, game boys, playstations, I would do it, but I am supposed to meet friends in DC for dinner and if plans were to change, we could not get in touch without cellphones since we are all visiting from out of town. What’s your excuse?
Does your typical day begin/end with you checking your smartphone? How long can you go between fixes–whether it is checking your social media accounts, peeking at emails, scanning for text messages? News features this week show that we become addicted to the likes, comments, and other positive strokes we get from our electronic friends. Even if you don’t smoke, drink, gamble, cheat on your significant other, or overeat, are you addicted to your social media accounts? Do you need that instant hit of gratification that a like or Facebook comment brings?
For me, I would have to forgo my daily Lexulous Word Game sessions, checking my email on my smart phone, tablet or computer (depending upon if I am at home or traveling), reviewing my Word Press statistics to see how many people are not reading this blog, and looking for text messages. I don’t own a game boy and seldom read e-books. I do like to listen to my iPod while at the gym–would that count?