Archive for the ‘General Musings’ Category

Let Us Not Disparage!

November 21, 2018

The epitome of dirty politics  . . . the use of a canard.  “Before the election, the politician invented a canard about his rival and shared it with the media.”


\ kuhnahrdFrench kanar \, noun;

  1. false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor.
  2. Cookeryduck intended or used for food.
  3. Aeronautics.
    1. an airplane that has its horizontal stabilizer and elevators located forward of tthe wing.
    2. Also called canard of two small lifting wings located in front of the  main wings.
    3. an early airplane having a pusher engine with the rudder and elevator  assembly in front of the wings.
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich, and

Three Things to Remember!

November 20, 2018

Here is a poem by William Blake that struck a chord with me today.

Three Things to Remember

A Robin Redbreast in a cage,
Puts all Heaven in a rage.

A skylark wounded on the wing
Doth make a cherub cease to sing.

He who shall hurt the little wren
Shall never be beloved by men.

More Spell Checker Fun!

November 19, 2018

Last month I introduced a wonderful poem that highlighted how spell checkers can get you into trouble.  This month, I carry on with some examples of sentences that spell check would not help to correct.  Enjoy!

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Did yew here? Eye eight awl four tee cook ease!

Their awl coming to sea if its four reel.

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Wee took hi weigh eight tee to get two the big sail at wall mart.

Macon ends meat is maid awl the moor Dee man ding bye hi in flay shun.

To thymes too eek wells fore.

Ate thymes too eek wells sick Steen.

Tree thymes ten eek wells third tee.

Surely tried two reach four the tale of the run a weigh hoarse witch flu down the rode.

Our ewe stoop Ed? Your Macon know cents!

It wood bee best if ewe awl weighs used the spell checker on you’re pea sea, eve in though it some thymes pro deuces miss steaks.

Source:Internet Accuracy Project – This organization works to improve the accuracy of reference sources, and also provides advertising-free access to reference, educational and literary materials.

Time to Unplug?!

November 17, 2018

How attached are you to your phone or other portable devices (or your computer)?  Are  you on or using your technology all day?  Could it be time for you to unplug a bit?  Here is a great infographic (courtesy of Injinji) that might be just the push you need.


Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred One!

November 16, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “botany.”  Do you know . . . what is the common name of the flower known as the fleur-de-lis?

The fleur-de-lis is not a lily, but rather,  it is an iris.

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

Polite vs. Rude!

November 14, 2018

Here is a quotation I like on politeness versus rudeness.

“It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter–an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.”   ― Arthur Schopenhauer


\ rood \, adjective;

  1. discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way.
  2. without culture, learning, or refinement.
  3. rough in manners or behavior; unmannerly; uncouth.

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

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

The Thinker!

November 13, 2018

I have always been a fan of puns, wordplay, limericks, etc.  So, when I discovered this collection of limericks, I just couldn’t resist sharing one from time to time.  This one was authored by John Ciardi.

The Thinker

There was a young fellow who thought
Very little, but thought it a lot.
Then at long last he knew
What he wanted to do,
But before he could start, he forgot.

Source: A Bundle of Birdbrains . . . Lots of Limericks selected by Myra Cohn Livingston

In the Arms of an Angel!

November 10, 2018

When I find myself in need of inspiration or a pick-me-up, I often turn to religious songs (Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, Hallelujah, etc.).  Here is yet another title that I will keep on hand . . . you never know when it will prove to be just the thing you need to hear.  Enjoy!


Fun Fact Friday, Number One Hundred!

November 9, 2018

Today’s real facts (courtesy of are all about fish.  Did you know that . . .

  • fish have eyelids?  (Real Fact #30)
  • fish cough?  (Real Fact #38)
  • fish can drown?  (Real Fact #92)
  • the largest fish is the whale shark — it can be over fifty feet long and weigh two tons?  (Real Fact #116)
  • Tennessee banned the use of a lasso to catch fish?  (Real Fact #205)
  • the archer fish can spit water up to seven feet to shoot down bugs from overhanging leaves?  (Real Fact #691)
  • marine mammals swim by moving their tails up and down, while fish swim by moving their tails left and right?  (Real Fact #1344)


Now, That’s a Turkey!

November 8, 2018

Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away, and you may still have time to attempt this fabulous origami turkey.  There are three separate tutorials (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), so dig in and get started right away.  Happy folding!