I Freaking Love My Job Because….

What do you like about your job? Make up your own list or add on to this one.


You know, there are always posts and articles out there that tell you that you don’t love what you are doing and you should change your job or your situation.

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Spring Has Sprung, Snow Fell

Rhododendron buds above the snow 20180321Spring 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 tree blooms covered with snow 20180321.jpg     Cherry blossoms covered in snow


Hat in dogwood tree (in bud, not bloom) surrounded by snow 20180321Hat in a dogwood tree, in bud, with snow covered roots



Writer–One Who Writes

Diary and penWriter–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.


You Are Not a Real Writer

If you write, you are a writer. A published writer–that depends…..

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Vonetta YoungBy Vonetta Young

You squirm as you feel the inevitable question bubbling up to the surface whenever you’re around your spouse’s colleagues.

“Are you a lawyer, too?”

You sigh shortly and confess, “No, I’m a writer.”

You still hate saying it because you feel like a Fakey McFakerson every time you do.

“Oh, a writer!” They inevitably exclaim. “What do you write?”

You sigh again. “I write about myself.”

And there it goes: Not only are you a Fakey McFakerson, you’re also a narcissist.

“Would I have read anything you’ve written?”

You blink.

You imagine what they might be thinking since you haven’t responded yet. They might be thinking that you are not a real writer. They are correct.

Real writers don’t panic when their spouse’s colleagues ask what they do.

Real writers don’t have MBAs.

Real writers breathe for the sole purpose of writing.

Real writers enjoy every minute…

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Book Scented Candles

Wren Library CambridgePeople 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).

literary candles

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?


Six-Word Memoirs

Could you sum up your life (or anyone else’s) in only 6 words? Give it a try. You will rapidly find you distill priorities to the precious few.  My first attempt was Live long, live well, love often.  What is yours?

Real Life of an MSW

Okay, I may be very late to this project, but I just found this article in my bin and I love the idea. To those of you not who are not familiar with the six-word memoir, it was founded January 6, 2006 by Larry Smith and Tim Barko. They took a cue from novelist Ernest Hemingway, who, according to literary legend, was once challenged to write a short story in only six words. Smith’s editors, Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser, gave the six-word story a personal twist, asking Smith readers to tell their life story in just six-words. I love the memoirs below and ask what would your memoir be?


  • If you can’t stay smile as you walk by
  • Forever entertained by the universe’s humor
  • I refused to be a victim…
  • You are worthy because you are born
  • Failing gracefully. Hoping there’s a mattress!
  • Use it up, wear it…

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Beware the Ides of March and Spring Has Sprung

March is a hopscotch of Saints’ Days, equinox celebrations, with a bit of Shakespeare thrown in for good measure for measure.

Daylight Savings TimeThe 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”.

st patricks dayOn 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.

st joseph's day san juan capistranoOn 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!





Versatile Blogger Award Nomination

Versatile Blogger AwardI 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:

National Day of Unplugging

National Day of UnpluggingThe 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?

Ebook readers evolution