Archive for July, 2019

Make It So!

July 31, 2019

“On one occasion the Empress ordered him to draw up a ukase which, however,   great pressure of business caused him to forget.”  (from The Memoirs of Madame Vige Lebrun by Marie Louis Elisabeth Vige-Lebrun)


\ yoo-keys, –keyzyoo-keys, -keyz \, noun;

  1. (in czarist Russia) an edict or order of the czar having the force of law.
  2. any order or proclamation by an absolute or arbitrary authority.
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich, and

It’s Elementary, Number Three!

July 30, 2019

This month we will start with the elements from group 1, the alkali metals.  The alkali metals are extremely reactive.  Members of this group are low-density, soft metals.  First on the list: Lithium, the first and lightest of all metals on the periodic table.

Lithium – discovered in 1817

Symbol: Li
Atomic number: 3
Atomic weight: 6.941
Density: 0.535 g/cm3
Melting point: 180.54°C (356.97°F)
Boiling point: 1,342°C (2,448°F)
Color: silvery gray/white
Standard state: solid at 25°C (77°F)
Classification: metallic

Source: The Complete Periodic Table: Elements with Style, by Adrian Dingle and Dan Green.

Commonly Misspelled and Confused – Letter K!

July 29, 2019

Here is a list of some of the more commonly misspelled/misused words (courtesy of the Internet Accuracy Project) beginning with the letter “K.”  Enjoy!

Commonly misspelled words

K – kaleidoscope, knowledge.

Commonly Confused Words

There are no words beginning with the letter “K” that are commonly confused.

Source: Internet Accuracy Project’s commonly misspelled, confused and misused words is a helpful collection of some of the most commonly misspelled, confused and misused words.

It’s Time for the Film Festival!

July 28, 2019

2018-Traverse-City-Film-FestivalHey movie lovers, the Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF) begins in a couple of days, July 30th, and runs through August 4th.  So I hope you have your movies picked out, your tickets purchased, and your activities planned (I sure do!).  All that should be left to do is enjoy!  I am certainly looking forward to an unsurpassed, week-filled, movie-going experience in Traverse City, Michigan.   If you are new to this and have never visited this wonderful festival, check out TCFF’s Festival 101 page for all of the information you will need to have a fabulous time.  Happy movie-going one and all!

My plans include the following films:

Parental Supervision!

July 27, 2019

Here are some oxymoron statements concerning “parents.”  Enjoy!

“Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.”  (Samuel Butler)

“Personal hatred and family affection are not incompatible; they often flourish and grow strong together.”  (Willa Cather)

“The young always have the same problem — how to rebel and conform at the same time.  They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.”  (Quentin Crisp)

“Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them.”  (Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach)

“When family relations are no longer harmonious, we have filial children and devoted parents.”  (R.D. Laing)

“If you are a parent it helps if you are a grown-up.”  (Eda J. Leshan)

“Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.”  (Mignon McLaughlin)

Source: oxymoronica by Dr. Mardy Grothe

Fun Fact Friday, Number 137!

July 26, 2019

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “names.”  Do you know . . . how the hangnail got its name?

Not because the “hang,” but rather because they “hurt.”  Ang in Old English meant “pain.”

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.

Marriage Advice, Number Twelve!

July 25, 2019

Here is the twelfth installment of advice on How to be Happy Though Married.  Enjoy!

The Pleasures of Marriage
“There is no road to wealth so easy and respectable as that of matrimony.”  (Anthony Trollope, Doctor Thorne, 1858)

The Pains of Marriage
“Advice to persons about to marry.  Don’t.”  (Punch, 1845)

Hints for Husbands
“When our Mistriss” commands us to do anything, nothing should hinder us from giving a blinde obedience.” (The Art of Making Love, 1676)

Hints for Wives
“We remember hearing a husband say that he could always gauge the temper of his wife by the quality of her cooking: good temper even influenced the seasoning of her soups, and the lightness and delicacy of her pastry.”  (Enquire Within Upon Everything, 1856)

The Marital Bed
“Since the utmost intention of desire is required in this act, it may not be amiss for the bridegroom, for the more eager heightening of his joy, to delineate the scene of their approaching happiness to his fair languishing bride, in some such amorous rapture.”  (Aristotle, Aristotle’s Masterpiece, c. 1684)

Source: How to Be Happy Though Married: Matrimonial Strife Through the Ages, compiled by Emily Brand.

Not Worth a Damn!

July 24, 2019

We all have those days where nothing seems to go according to plan, we can’t seem to do anything correctly, and we question why we even arose out of bed.  Alas, accept and move on for these types of days are never a true measure of one’s worth.


\ wurth-lis \, adjective;

  1. without worth; of no use, importance, or value; good-for-nothing.

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

And, here is an amazing new word (and a very rare one at that) that I had never encountered before which relates to “the act of estimating as worthless” . . . floccinaucinihilipilification (yikes).

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of

Artist Documentary: F. Thompson!

July 23, 2019

Last spring I received an invitation to the premiere showing of five (5) mini-documentaries about different artists from the Tulsa area.  These documentaries were produced by students from the Jenks High School Documentary Film Class under the tutelage of their instructor, Clifton Raphael, in partnership with artists from both the Tulsa Artists Guild and Tulsa’s Alpha Rho Tau (a civic art association).  I also discovered that this was the third or fourth year that this project has been in existence and decided to backtrack and find the previous “films” to highlight here.  This will be the first of many posts and features the artist F. Thompson.  Enjoy!



July 22, 2019

In the golfing world, shooting a score that is lower than your age is a big deal.  Well, today marks the anniversary of the very first occurrence of such an event during the PGA (Professional Golfers Association) tour . . . Sam Snead, age 67, shot a 66 on the fourth day of the Quad Cities Open tournament at Coal City, IL, in 1979.

Some other “firsts” for today throughout history include:

  • the first Silverite national convention (St. Louis, 1896)
  • the first African-American opera prima dona (Caterino Jabroro, 1933)
  • the first Public Enemy Number 1 (John Dillinger, 1934)
  • the first African-American woman judge (Jane Matilda Bolin, New York City, 1939)
  • the first bank of importance to lease personal property (Bank of America, San Francisco, 1963)
  • the first time Navy divers submerged for ten days (Lieutenant Commander Robert E. Thompson, Gunners Mate First Class Lester E. Anderson, Chief Quartermaster Robert A. Barth, and Chief Hospital Corpsman Sanders W. Manning; 1964)
  • the first ballet transmitted by satellite (the Royal Ballet Salutes the U.S.A., from London; 1978)

Source: Famous First Facts, by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell.