Wednesday, December 31, 2008


The ultimate vacation spot probably doesn't exist. Cranky travelers will find something to complain about in any locale.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Seeing me arrive at the writing group on time, my mother gave me a tacit look of approval.

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Monday, December 29, 2008


It was unintentional sacrilege when my mother accidentally blurted out the "f" word as we were returning home from a Christmas service at church 12 years ago.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008


I love to ramble: when driving near my home (weather permitting), I often take backroads to see where they go (and if my camera is with me, all the better); in social situations, once my initial shyness wears off, I can talk and talk about apparently random things. And I can do this as long as I have an audience--sometimes longer ;)

A twofer!

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Saturday, December 27, 2008


I'm still trying to think of a story that would qualify for this week's Sunday Scribblings post.

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Friday, December 26, 2008


Today's leftovers seem paltry in comparison to the feast we consumed last night.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008


When I received a navy blue hoodie for Christmas Eve, I couldn't resist making an oblique reference to my moment of shame at Lady Chadwick's soiree.

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Merry Christmas to all who celebrate :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


After telling me that she is a lonely person, I realized that Lady Chadwick's narcissism is a coping mechanism for her.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008


I have no idea why Lady Chadwick decided to go on a macrobiotic diet the week of Christmas. Hopefully her hors d'oeuvres taste better than they look!

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Monday, December 22, 2008


I am generally something of a laggard on Monday mornings, but today I'm feeling quite energetic.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008


By working together on the kibbutz, the community became close-knit; however, tensions did arise from people living and working in such close proximity to one another. For instance, after hearing the news of the commotion at one Lady Chadwick's soiree, some of the workers found Princess Amelia's behavior to be reprehensible, while others hailed her as a revolutionary.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008


The epicurean in me overindulged last Christmas, leaving me feeling bloated and jaded. I think I'll try to go easy on the feasting this year!

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Friday, December 19, 2008


I find it a bit ironic that the word "iambic" is in three syllables; maybe it's just me...

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Thursday, December 18, 2008


Ah, the holidays are upon us. The one time of the year that we must endure our relatives' hackneyed jokes and stories with a smile on our faces.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008


I thought wearing a hoodie to Lady Chadwick's soiree was a gaffe, but not receiving an updated word of the day until early evening is just as bad!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008


"Did Gillian fabricate the story about her affair with Russ, or did it really happen?" Stacy asked Linda at the water cooler yesterday.

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Monday, December 15, 2008


The choir donned their ecclesiastical robes for a warm-up of their rendition of "Amazing Grace."

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Sunday, December 14, 2008


*I'm going to take some liberties and use a form of the word*

Alisa feels that the inventor of word verification committed a dastardly deed in creating it.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008


While digging a garden, the new homeowners found some jewelry cached in the backyard.

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Friday, December 12, 2008


The well-wishers sent beatific greetings to Rhonda at her retirement party.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008


The bell's ablaut pattern is: ring, rang, rung.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Lady Chadwick and Princess Amelia may be homologous in social stature, but they differ in the way they carry themselves.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Lady Chadwick's elocution was elegant and refined; Princess Amelia's was casual and laid-back.

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Monday, December 8, 2008


They say that the sepulchers of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs are bedecked in gold and jewels. This adds to the mystery and intrigue of Egypt.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008


The nonconformist in me found wearing an overpriced gown to Lady Chadwick's soiree to be a sequacious act.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008


My cat Peyser, is my sentinel until he hears a knocking at the door; at this point, he dashes underneath a chair to hide!

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Friday, December 5, 2008


I'm so glad that BJ found out my true identity. I was afraid that my removal from the soiree might dissever our friendship.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008


My favorite curio is a clay bowl I made in 6th grade art class. I got a B+ on it, but I think it's pretty artsy, myself.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008


After my embarrassing presence at Lady Chadwick's soiree, the aristocrats have branded me a caitiff; I don't know if I'll ever find myself in their good graces again.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008


When I was a child, I once tried to build a snow fort; however, it proved useless as a bulwark.

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Monday, December 1, 2008


Saying my valedictions to BJ and Alisa, I allowed the guards to escort me out of Lady Chadwick's soiree.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008


I was just beginning to enjoy myself at Lady Chadwick's soiree when the guards' incursion spoiled my evening.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008


I was able to catch a glimpse of Lady Chadwick just as she was preparing to descend the stairs and was poised with her left hand resting elegantly on the balustrade.

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Friday, November 28, 2008


Lady Chadwick is an eminent noblewoman. To be invited to her soiree was the chance of a lifetime. And that reprobate in me ruined it!

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Thursday, November 27, 2008


The steady cadence of my typing lulled my mother to sleep in the recliner.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008


The lotion I put on my hands every night is a soothing emollient, but it can hardly protect my hands from the harshness of the winter winds.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Okay, I understand that my fashion sense at the soiree was terrible, but when some of the ladies resorted to calling me a reprobate, well, I thought that was a bit much.

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Monday, November 24, 2008


The man was offended that his guerdon was not what he expected. Yes, he did help the police catch the criminal, but he didn't realize that the reward offer was voided to criminals who turned themselves in.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008


I need to buy a new escutcheon for my light switch. The cheap hardware store variety doesn't look good with my new remodeling.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008


I really hate it that I got kicked out of the soiree. And here I was hoping to meet at least one nabob in the flesh. Oh well. Maybe next year I'll have BJ help me choose more appropriate attire for the occasion.

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Friday, November 21, 2008


The soiree from which I was escorted out was truly a Lucullan affair.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008


The girls giggled with embarrassment and delight when they were caught casting amatory looks toward the new math teacher.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

"Eminence Grise"

Chelle appeared to be the leader of the high school clique, but she was actually a puppet of the eminence grise, Gloria.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008


The students displayed only an affectation for literature, in that when it came time for discussion, it was obvious that they cared more about socializing with one another than interpreting Milton.

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Monday, November 17, 2008


When I was younger, my mom couldn't believe that I wanted to adulterate my mac & cheese with green food coloring. I tried to explain to her that it was St. Patrick's Day, but she wasn't having it!

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Sunday, November 16, 2008


My friend tried to adduce evidence of her innocence, but there was no doubt about it--the dent in the family's car occurred during the time she was driving it.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008


I always dreaded opening up my high school gym bag at the end of the week to find my frowzy clothes in desperate need of a wash.

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Friday, November 14, 2008


I had a hard time getting up this morning. I awoke to find myself ensconced in a warm fluffy blanket. I could have stayed like that all day.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008


One of the saddest events I ever attended was the obsequies for a professor of mine who committed suicide.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008


I didn't last long at the soiree. Someone noticed my hoodie and jeans, and I was escorted out before cocktail hour!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I'm glad we don't use sidereal days, because I don't feel that there are even enough minutes in the solar day!

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Monday, November 10, 2008


I heard some subtle intimations that today is Sunshine's birthday.

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Sunday, November 9, 2008


With the sudden change in temperature, I have begun noticing the horripilation on my arms.

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Saturday, November 8, 2008


Though the photos I took in the Midwest were pretty, I missed the resplendent colors of the American Southwest.

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Friday, November 7, 2008


The spicy smell of pumpkin pie baking in the oven wafted through the house, permeating Sunshine's olfactory system. Fall was indeed here, and now she longed for some of that pie.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

"Mot Juste"

I spent hours looking for the mot juste to complete my poem. Then, it occurred to me that "mot juste" was the right word.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008


The allegations of her ineptitude were based on footless claims. The woman was actually remarkably qualified for her job.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008


I have heard that B.J.'s husband is quite the epicure because his soups are delicious!

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Monday, November 3, 2008


The principal's aquiline nose gave him the appearance of being stern. All of the children feared being sent to his office.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008


All the frenzy of Halloween addled my brain this weekend. Hopefully I'll be back to "normal" on Monday!

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Saturday, November 1, 2008


Folks in my neck of the woods are grateful to see the price of fuel abating. It's been a long time coming!

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Friday, October 31, 2008


The vampires and princesses will start appearing tonight at gloaming, demanding candy of me. Of course, I will provide. Happy Halloween!

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Thursday, October 30, 2008


I would tell you how awesome I am, but I am afraid that my hubris would come back to haunt me. They do say that "Pride goes before a fall."

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008


After his parents kicked him out of the house, Joe spent the chilly night at a makeshift bivouac by the river.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008


My first painting was execrable, so I splashed and splattered other colors over it. By the time I was done, it looked modern and quite tolerable.

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Monday, October 27, 2008


I thought I knew what this word meant, but's corroboration with my own definition validated my assumption.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008


In an act of genuine penitence, a young man came forward to the altar and genuflected. The pastor bowed to pray with him for a while, and then the young man left his position of prayer to return to his pew.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008


I was in a quandary regarding a blog topic until I visited and looked at the word of the day. Then I knew what to write about!

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Friday, October 24, 2008


Her painting of cottony cumulus clouds from the view of an airplane window limned the surreal scene to her daughter, who had not yet flown.

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Welcome to Word of the Day!

Hey everybody, I have created a brand-new blog that revolves around's word of the day (hence the name). The plan is that I will use's word of the day in a short post (hopefully correctly). It should be a fun little vocabulary-building exercise!'s Website