Sunday, July 12, 2009


After nights of insomnia, I fought a bout of ineffable fatigue.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009


Being with rude people at a restaurant makes me feel gauche and embarrassed. Of course, they aren't the least bit embarrassed.

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Friday, July 10, 2009


Pierce played a great bravura at Andre and Scott's wedding. He's a very talented young man.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009


The roommates were fervid debaters who only got a good night's sleep when they went home for holidays and the occasional long weekend.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009


At the apogee of her career, Maureen was beautiful, well-loved, wealthy, and miserable.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009


On a field trip to Chicago, the country kids could always recognize the native Chicagoans by the particular shibboleth of that area that they displayed; likewise, the Chicago kids recognized the country bumpkins by the same trick.

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Monday, July 6, 2009


The vacationers appreciated the verdant hills of Virginia. It was refreshing to them to sneak away from the crowded city streets they had grown so accustomed to.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009


The preacher came by to break up a nasty affray between two elderly churchladies at the annual bake sale. It seems that friends Annabelle Jane and Lucy both reached for the pan of brownies at the same time. Pastor Smith broke up the quarrel by informing Lucy that "magic brownies" were not sold at church bake sales. Lucy then permitted Annabelle Jane to purchase them.

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Saturday, July 4, 2009


The children built forts and ramparts of snow in winter. When the snow melted, they made them of mud. When the mud dried out, they improvised with tables and chairs. When fall came, they picked a new game.

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Friday, July 3, 2009


The doughty knight didn't impress the princess much; she was more into bad boys like Robin Hood.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009


They had a vagary to fly to Paris; they did it, and came back two weeks later broke and with terrible pictures of the Eiffel Tower. But at least they had a good time.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Pampered elitists rarely understand the needs of those living in penury.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009


The witty badinage continued until the boy tired of his girlfriend's sarcastic remarks.

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Monday, June 29, 2009


The clandestine organization was brought to the surface when one of its members leaked information to the outside world. Then the little boys had to open up their clubhouse to their little sisters, 'cuz Mom said so.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009


The preacher's orotund speaking ability entranced those around him. Even when he wasn't in the pulpit.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009


The young girls at the water cooler were no match for the quidnunc Bob, who seemed to always know the latest scandals--mainly because he was always directly involved in them.

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Friday, June 26, 2009


So often, when people try to give an encomium, the praise comes across sounding insincere.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009


With a sough of yearning and sadness, the young woman watched her former love repeat his vows to another woman--and that's when I turned off the TV.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Not everyone appreciates the daedal pyramid at the Louvre.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Hearing a kitten pule, my dad went on a search and rescue mission and brought her back, safe and sound.

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Monday, June 22, 2009


Frightened by the noise of nearby traffic, the rabbits dashed into the safety of a small copse of grasses and brush.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009


Raised to believe that St. Christopher was the tutelary of travel, his namesake always brought his St. Christopher medal along with him on any trips he took, long or short.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009


The evangelist's ebullient tent meeting revival brought in crowds of people from miles around.

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Friday, June 19, 2009


A poster child of nimiety, he always went further in debt to try to buy friendships with elaborate and exotic gifts.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009


Believing in the prescience of fortune-tellers, the young girl had an amateur read her cards; unfortunately for her, the amateur grabbed the wrong stack, and thus, the young girl got her playing cards read.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009


The gravid mother cat's belly dragged the ground when she walked.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009


During the summer months, she practices salutary diet and exercise habits; in the winter, she lets herself go, indulging in all sorts of pies, cookies, cocoas, and coffees.

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Monday, June 15, 2009


The effulgence of the carnival lights made the children dizzy with delight.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009


The child will always aver that his opinion is right and his mother's is wrong.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009


The children were awed by the magician's prestidigitation at the school carnival.

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Friday, June 12, 2009


My friend finally decided to see the doctor when her megrim was so bad that she nearly passed out just walking to class.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009


Sometimes I think likes to feature archaic words redivivus.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009


The children miraculously found ways to disport themselves during the long days of summer vacation.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009


The model student was to be a paragon of excellence and an inspiration to the entire student body, but the pressure became too much and he dropped out of school.

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Monday, June 8, 2009


His tergiversation on the capital punishment issue was a factor in his failing the persuasive argument assignment in composition class.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009


Sometimes the oneiric world is pleasant, but oftentimes it is frightening.

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Saturday, June 6, 2009


Nobody stopped to consider that the social club's mores were a little bizarre; it had become tradition to begin each meeting by throwing a glass of water on one's head, and the meetings degenerated from there.

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Friday, June 5, 2009


Though the wide array of desserts tempted her, she remained abstemious and only chose one low-fat fruit dish.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009


Choosing a motto for the new English club created such a pother than the club's president adjourned the meeting to another time and inserted one of his own quotes into the newsletter's letterhead.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Good thing I watched that episode of Monty Python; I am now able to espy a larch tree from quite a long way away.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009


I recently finished reading about Elmer Gantry and his hortatory sermons.

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Monday, June 1, 2009


His mother thought it best to cosset him all his life; the poor guy never did learn to be independent or think for himself.

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Sunday, May 31, 2009


Being an animal lover, Racquelle venerates all creatures, large and small.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009


As a child, I was generally taciturn, keeping away from groups and conversations.

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Friday, May 29, 2009


Can a sybarite ever be truly happy? Or does this person always yearn for something beyond his or her reach?

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Thursday, May 28, 2009


Perhaps a change of diet and getting more exercise will help me rid myself of excess avoirdupois this summer.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009


The child, sagacious beyond her years, informed her older brother that his prejudice against women was juvenile. He took down the "no girls allowed" sign and agreed to share his treehouse with her after that.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Every positive comment the motivational speaker gave seemed to have a pejorative effect on the pessimist.

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Monday, May 25, 2009


Instead of pinching himself, he filliped his cheek to make sure he wasn't dreaming.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009


Being summertime, the teenagers attacked the mall with credit cards and intents of warehouse depredation.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009


It was with surprising equanimity that the pious mother accepted the fact that her son was just not cut out for the ministry.

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Friday, May 22, 2009


Feigning affection, he gave her a quick buss on the cheek. His cold lips more than symbolized the lack of warmth in the kiss.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009


With nothing less than their children's best interest in mind, and nothing but the worst possible tactics, the parents managed to immure their two daughters from reality and stunt their emotional growth.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009


While eating out with my grandma yesterday, I reluctantly ate dessert after the feeling of satiety had already kicked in.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Some people like to read fantasy novels with lots of fey characters and magic. I, however, prefer that depressing old realist literature, myself.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009


She had an aura of exigency about her in everything she did; from making toast to picking the kids up from school, Jane was always on the go.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009


Though he was hurting on the inside, the young man remained stolid to those around him.

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Friday, May 15, 2009


...and so the querulous students were sent to eternal detention, and the teachers lived happily ever after. (if kindergarten teachers had their own fairy tales)

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Thursday, May 14, 2009


The salesman's words were as unctuous as his greased hair.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009


I still can't believe the student forum president abnegated his position after the school administration turned down the students' request for paved parking.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009


My health-conscious grandmother has a real odium for sodium.

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Monday, May 11, 2009


If I hear a bee or wasp bombinating in my general vicinity, then I relocate.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009


Munificent parents are great, but they must warn their children that the world in general is not a typically generous place.

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Saturday, May 9, 2009


I'm proud of Racquelle for not buying into each new fad and nostrum, though I must admit, she probably relies too much on medicine and not enough on prevention.

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Friday, May 8, 2009


Racquelle's main aliment consists of McNuggets from McDonalds and tuna subs from Subway.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009


The diamonds in the jeweler's shop coruscated with brilliance.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Racquelle and I have been lugubrious and inconsolable since Coca-Cola discontinued Surge.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Racquelle quaffed her sweet tea, then demanded more.

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Monday, May 4, 2009


Training a tyro tends to be a tremendously trying and tiring task.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009


The first time I ever heard of an albatross was on an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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Saturday, May 2, 2009


I don't know why the library circulates these senescent books, but it's kind of neat to check out volumes older than my grandparents.

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Friday, May 1, 2009


Racquelle seemed to think my lack of coordination at the clothing store was risible last night.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009


In high school, I often listened to mellifluous music after school and work to help me relax before bedtime.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009


The young man's coworkers were turned off by his bumptious actions and haughty claims.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009


The lady hoped to donate unwanted possessions to various eleemosynary organizations.

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Monday, April 27, 2009


My sports ken is limited--I wasn't good at sports, and never cared to learn much about them in school.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009


I was feeling rather somnolent after my long walk on Friday.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009


It took 15 years for the imbroglio between the former best friends to cool off, and the friendship never was the same afterwards.

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Friday, April 24, 2009


School administration just had to gainsay my idea of raising funds to pave the high school parking lot. Instead, any extra money went toward athletics. Go figure.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009


My friend, a paladin for Earth Day, strongly encouraged everyone to reduce, reuse, and recycle yesterday.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009


The invidious statements printed in the newspaper only furthered the cause of the group to whom the statements were directed.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I suppose that getting pulled over for a burnt-out license plate bulb was only a minor peccadillo; it was still humilating, though.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

"Stormy Petrel"

"I'd like to find the stormy petrel who started spreading rumors about me," Jasmine said to Jayden. Little did she know that Jayden was the culprit.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009


Sitting around the campfire, I was able to admire the beauty of the crepuscular countryside as night began to fall and the air picked up a chill.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009


The quiddity of the beach trip is warm sunshine and crashing waves on the shore.

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Friday, April 17, 2009


The girls found that going shopping only brought them ephemeral happiness.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009


After losing his best friend in the war, the young soldier's morale began to etiolate to the point he could no longer remember why he volunteered in the first place.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009


The comedian made a living with his outre statements and actions.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Water is a labile compound: at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, it freezes, and at 212 Fahrenheit, it boils. Somewhere in between, it is a liquid.

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Monday, April 13, 2009


The children wandered through the woods, harkening to the susurrus of the leaves beneath their feet and the wind through the autumn trees. Surely they would be through the maze and back to the Halloween party soon...

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Sunday, April 12, 2009


The print ads focused heavily on the pulchritude of the models to sell their products.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009


The dark clouds portend a heavy rain, possibly accompanied by thunderstorms.

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Friday, April 10, 2009


The excitement of the roller coaster was but a brief frisson, as the ride was quite short.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009


The skeptics liked to impugn the philanthropist's charity work.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009


He thought his dreams were just chimerical fantasies until he started achieving his goals one by one.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009


The tourists' nescience of the area led them to assume that they were in a safe part of town; fortunately, they wandered back into the "touristy" part of the city before anything ugly happened.

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Monday, April 6, 2009


The little boy depended on the aegis of his mother to get through life; his mother, on the other hand, tried to cultivate independence in the boy's young mind.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009


The man's grandiloquent manner intimidated his older brother.

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Saturday, April 4, 2009


Texas has completely flummoxed my sense of direction: as I type this, I can't tell which direction I'm facing.

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Friday, April 3, 2009


I have a feeling that many students skip the longueurs of assigned reading and focus mainly on the interesting areas.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009


My friend's little boy gamboled around the mall like a mischievous sprite or pixie.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009


It's April 1st, so beware of the jape. Trickery abounds as practical jokers and pranksters prey on their unsuspecting victims today.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009


One of my professors in graduate school warned my class to always have a backup plan to cover any contretemps that may occur during teaching.

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Monday, March 30, 2009


Watching the children's ludic play reminded the young man that he should take more time for fun, rather than spending his entire life fighting to climb the corporate ladder.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009


Did you see the new couple passionately kissing in the bio-science lab? Apparently, the school principal busted them for public osculation on school property.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009


He had a velleity to travel, but assumed it was a silly and unlikely desire, so he never went anywhere.

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Friday, March 27, 2009


The feckless student decided that college was not for her, so she tried jumping boxcars instead. Turns out, she found the college lifestyle more comfortable, and enrolled in gen ed classes for the upcoming fall semester.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009


A nice thing about small town life is that often, friends and family are in close propinquity with one another.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009


A series of misunderstandings erupted into chaotic tumult during karaoke at the local bar.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Lady Chadwick believed that not even the best workers of thaumaturgy could persuade Princess Amelia of Albany to dress appropriately for a soiree.

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Monday, March 23, 2009


My mother's most infamous spoonerism involved an inversion of syllables in the name "Chuck Farley." You can read her version of it here or mine here.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009


The woman's honest, though pithy, response did not earn her any points with the policeman.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009


The townspeople doubted the veracity of the drunken eyewitness's story.

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Friday, March 20, 2009


The controversial celebrity was immune to the vicious diatribes aimed at him.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009


The man, whose attire was as florid as Hammett's Joel Cairo, took care that his clothing should be noticed by everyone in his social circle at the party.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009


One of the main goals of a teacher should be to elucidate material for the students.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009


I have my suspicions that many libations will be poured in honor of St. Patrick today.

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Monday, March 16, 2009


In The Maltese Falcon the cormorant Gutman has a gluttonous appetite for both food and money.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009


While vacuuming yesterday, my goal was to make certain that not a scintilla of dust remained in the carpet; but then, I'm sure I missed a few pieces.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009


Some people guard their favorite recipes like they were some sort of esoteric knowledge. But Alisa and her girls at Nana's Kitchen want to share! Drop by sometime--you never know what we'll be cooking!

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Friday, March 13, 2009


I wouldn't last long on an athletic-themed reality show; I'd probably be responsible for making my team lose, and once the inanition kicked in, I'd be even more worthless (if that is even possible).

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Thursday, March 12, 2009


Racquelle can be a bit tetchy in the morning; hence, I rarely go to breakfast with her.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009


When the little boy's mother put the toy back on the shelf, he began to ululate like a wild animal. But when the mother told him that Santa might pick it up for him, the little guy cheered up.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009


When Racquelle and I went for a walk, we noticed that many of the drivers were not concerned about pedestrians; thus, we spent a lot of time waiting at the edge of the crosswalk.

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Monday, March 9, 2009


My student's incisive mind solved the logic puzzle with ease.

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Sunday, March 8, 2009


Racquelle, lover of all things equine, just had her picture taken petting a horse.

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Saturday, March 7, 2009


I hate when grocery stores put an item on sale and then bilk the customer at the check-out line by charging full price. I'm sure it's unintentional bilking, but it's bilking, none the less.

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Friday, March 6, 2009


It's amazing how many martial terms are incorporated into our daily vocabulary: we fight the crowds when shopping, battle the housework, and make enemies with clutter.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009


When the graduate student was confronted by campus police regarding the missing archival artifacts, he tried to parry the accusation, stating that he needed the information for an important paper he was writing. Still, his excuse was weak because he had access to the documents, provided they stay inside the university archives, so the student was put on academic probation for the rest of the semester.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Temerity seems to be the downfall of many of the young characters in Romeo and Juliet. But then, I was never a big fan of Shakespeare, so maybe I missed the point altogether.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009


The acute pain in my head last night made sleeping a near impossibility for a couple of hours.

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Monday, March 2, 2009


The man's sanguine demeanor made him popular with children.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009


Saturday Night Live has been lampooning entertainment and news events since before my time; yet, my favorite cast is the group that came out of the '70s and early '80s, not the ones I actually grew up watching.

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Saturday, February 28, 2009


The pedant was always quick to correct minor errors in terminology, distinguishing between frogs and toads, motors and engines, and less and fewer.

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Friday, February 27, 2009


The former flower child never could understand the views of her hidebound son.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009


The candidates for student council president each declaimed against the problems with student government, and each vowed to better represent the students. Of course, the superintendent and principal ultimately made the decisions at the school, though.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009


The child was delighted and overwhelmed by the openhanded family who adopted him. Fortunately, the child never took advantage of the family's kindness--he always accepted his gifts with humility and graciousness.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009


In The Bourne Identity, Treadstone thinks that Jason peculated the money from the Swiss bank, but in reality, he thought it was his own.

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Monday, February 23, 2009


She beseeched him not to send her a singing telegram, but he did it anyway.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009


The girls knew their nocuous friendship would have to end; they found themselves angry rather than happy in each others' presence.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009


The homeschooled children had led a hermetic lifestyle until they went away to college; still, they adapted well to the world around them.

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Friday, February 20, 2009


Though many people use it to indicate a long pause, the true use of the ellipsis is to indicate omissions. I still think we need a punctuation mark that adequately shows hesitation though...

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Thursday, February 19, 2009


Racquelle is a tautological genius; she loves to eat tuna fish on her sub sandwich with or without a Coke drink.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009


The graduate student was filled with consternation when the school newspaper printed a story about some irreplaceable artifacts missing from the library archives.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009


After what seemed like hours of burnishing the antique silver, the woman's granddaughter saw that it was beginning to shine.

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Monday, February 16, 2009


The graduate student wished that the night were interminable; he didn't have much time to gather information for his big project.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009


A piece of cubic zirconia set in pinchbeck wasn't Elle's idea of a romantic Valentine's gift.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009


I didn't realize I had myopia until I failed my vision test for my driver's license renewal. Fortunately, I don't need reading glasses.

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Friday, February 13, 2009


When the teenage girl's father decided to join a social networking system, the girl made a mad rush to expurgate her profile of all her bathing suit photos and other information that she wanted to hide from him.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009


Our froward cat was insistent upon either getting into the basement or into my room. Fortunately, she didn't scratch me when I picked her up and carried her out of each room.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009


The graduate student returned to the library and scanned the count's history in an old tome that the library would not circulate. Sure enough, the elder Lady Chadwick's name appeared in one small, obscure reference to the count. The student was still in disbelief that such scandal could follow the old-money Chadwicks. If only he had more information...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009


The man went to a lower-rated osteopath to save money; he came back hunched over like a gorilla and in a terrific amount of pain.

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Monday, February 9, 2009


"Brody the Toady" liked to gossip about his boss behind his back; to his face, Brody was a yes-man, and constantly praised the employer's achievements. Of course, Brody got what he wanted--a promotion.

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Sunday, February 8, 2009


The student read on. The mistress tired of the count's highhanded demeanor toward her after the affair ended. So that's why she wanted to destory his character even after six months...

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Saturday, February 7, 2009


It seems the erstwhile mistress was trying to denigrate the count publicly. The graduate student continued reading. This was really juicy stuff...

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Friday, February 6, 2009


The graduate student gingerly handled the scraps of paper that he now held sacred. It seems that the count's erstwhile mistress, scorned over his refusal to marry her, threatened to reveal the scandal to very prestigious members of the count's elite circle.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009


Making an unwitting discovery about an affair between two prominent historical figures, the young graduate student made sure no security guards were around, then stole back to his apartment with the pilfered scraps of artifacts from the archives. He was going to write the paper that would make him famous.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009


My cousin is a piano virtuoso. He has a natural talent, and he has studied the instrument for many years now.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009


While drunk at a party, the accountant confessed that he had been embezzling money from the company to fund elaborate vacations for himself. He further informed his employer that he would continue to defalcate company funds as long as he could cover his tracks. First thing Monday morning, the accountant was informed that his services were no longer needed at the company.

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Monday, February 2, 2009


One annoyance about bird ownership is discarding the chaff that the birds spit back into their food trough; another is constantly sweeping up the chaff that they spit out on the floor.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009


Last night's victuals consisted of macaroni and cheese and a Kit Kat bar.

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Saturday, January 31, 2009


Since I'm a vegetarian, I probably don't use my canine teeth for their intended purpose, but I do tend to use them to chew the inside of my mouth when I'm thinking. It's almost an unconscious habit.

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Friday, January 30, 2009


When I was pulled over for a burned out license plate bulb, I was tempted to bemoan my situation, but then I realized I was lucky to avoid a fine.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009


Though the film received much acclaim from the big-shot movie reviewers, I wasn't crazy about it.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009


My cat, Peyser, is a pretty yielding animal. Unlike most cats, if he is reprimanded and told to stop misbehaving, he generally stops what he's doing.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009


The man's mother no longer claims him since he committed the wanton burglary on her home three years ago.

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Monday, January 26, 2009


After spending an hour and a half trying unsuccessfully to upload several photos at once, I stared at the computer screen with a vacuous expression on my face. Not one to give up easily, I simply tried again, only uploading one photo at a time.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009


Lou thought her landlord to be an unconscionable man, especially considering that he rarely, if ever, fixed any of the problems in her apartment, but his rent was always outrageously high.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009


When I was little, one of my friends had a "lucky" rabbit's foot. My dad said he didn't know how good it was, since the talisman didn't give much luck to the rabbit.

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Friday, January 23, 2009


Almost losing Jasper the Penguin from the sidebar of my other blog turned my face a sallow color. Fortunately, both my virtual pet and the color in my face returned shortly thereafter.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009


Suffering with my sidebar width in my other blog yesterday created in me rancor toward the template that I otherwise love.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009


When shopping, I generally consider qualitative details before quantitative ones; unless, of course, there is a huge difference in cost.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Upon first waking, many people commit pandiculation without thinking of it: the muscle-stretching routine is more of a reaction than a conscious thought.

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Monday, January 19, 2009


When I was a kid I used to make obscure music references to confuse the other kids. I guess I thought I was some kind of music expert or something. Now I'm the one who's in the dark these days because I can't keep up with today's Billboard charts, anymore.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009


Susan isn't allowed to drive anymore because of her narcolepsy: she once fell asleep at an intersection and ran a red light. Fortunately, no one was injured, but her car was severely damaged when it crashed into a street sign and came to a stop, waking her up.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009


Though his friends had taken advantage of his kindness, the young man's magnanimous attitude discouraged him from becoming sore and vindictive.

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Friday, January 16, 2009


The libertarians favor a laissez-faire economic system because they believe a free market will regulate itself without external assistance.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009


Many of my goals (I hesitate to call them "resolutions") for 2009 are of a somewhat kinetic nature: exercising, traveling/sightseeing, and actually keeping my room clean!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009


After I learned how much the trip to Europe was going to cost, I decided to jettison the whole idea and just stay home.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009


No one knew if Mr. Periwinkle's marriage would last; Mr. Periwinkle was a strict traditionalist, whereas his wife (who protested an old-fashioned wedding and who insisted on keeping her birth name) was a vehement iconoclast who sought to break every tradition that the Periwinkles held near and dear.

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Monday, January 12, 2009


My master's thesis was basically a collection of hapless misadventures that I endured while trying to travel (and some of the trips were just a couple of hours from home!)

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Sunday, January 11, 2009


I'll never forget the time I had to drive the old Lincoln on a three-hour trip. I didn't even try to parallel park that gargantuan vehicle. I pulled into an angle space and had my Mom deal with the town driving!

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Saturday, January 10, 2009


My mother is a fastidious blogger: each week she spends hours worrying over her Sunday Scribblings posts until she gets them perfected.

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Friday, January 9, 2009


I have an eclectic taste in music; I think I like at least one song from any given genre, and I listen to a variety of radio stations. The catch is, I listen to different types of music when I'm in different types of moods.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009


Cleaning my room after the holidays is going to be a daunting task; nevertheless, I will tackle the clutter, and hopefully win the battle!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Renee's friends appreciated her candor, but were often offended by the blunt statements she made regarding their choice of attire. Still, they decided that they'd rather hear them from her in a dressing room than from their dates at a restaurant.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009


My poor mother was beleaguered last night for being late to the writing group and for bringing nothing to read. Alas, I was partaking in the teasing, as well.

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Monday, January 5, 2009


The girl remained abstinent from alcohol at the party because she didn't want to offend her friends who were opposed to drinking.

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Sunday, January 4, 2009


If my grandmother weren't so zealous about my finding work, I'm sure she wouldn't have suggested that I apply to a minimum-wage job. I know she's just looking out for me.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009


Dashiell Hammett creates some interesting yeggs in The Maltese Falcon. Still, I believe his best characterization goes toward the novel's protagonist, Sam Spade.

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Friday, January 2, 2009


Initially, when Blue said that the True Colour for New Year was due to be gold, I wondered what I had that would qualify. Then I realized that we have some xanthous Christmas decorations. I'd better start looking for some more gold-colored items (that are not of a holiday nature) so I'll be prepared for the next time gold rolls around on TCT!

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Thursday, January 1, 2009


Making resolutions for the new year has rekindled my sense of wanderlust. Perhaps I'll begin a list of places I'd like to visit to accompany my list of resolutions this year.

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

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