Archive for December, 2011

Parting shot: Mary Christmas

Let us Harold in a New Year. Commentary: in case you are wondering, this is an actual sign in the small city where I live. I could not win a spelling bee if thrown into one, but I do know that Merry can be Mary, and Mary Christmas could be the name of somebody, but […]

December 31, 2011 · admin · No Comments
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Some things to do to celebrate the New Year

If you don’t already have plans, or looking for ways to try something new as the hour approaches midnight, consider these: Japan: Omisko, New Year’s Eve, has been celebrated for several centuries, often with the ringing of a bell 108 times. This symbolizes repenting for each of the 108 bonno (moral desires) identified in Buddhism. […]

December 31, 2011 · admin · No Comments
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Literary resolutions

I pass these along, found on line in an article at the LA Times web site. I don’t generally make resolutions. In fact, the last resolution I made was to not make any resolutions, and thus far I have managed to keep that one. But for those who do, you might find some inspiration here. […]

December 30, 2011 · admin · No Comments
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The Devil’s Dictionary: trust

Every now and then, it is good to revisit a classic, or even a curiosity from the past. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce was originally published in newspaper installments from 1881 until 1906. You might be surprised how current many of the entries are. For example, here is a definition for the word abasement. […]

December 29, 2011 · admin · No Comments
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A modest proposal

First, the news: Gov. Bill Haslam, Beth Harwell hesitant on drug-testing proposal Tennessee legislature Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he expects lawmakers will pass a bill requiring drug tests for Tennesseans who get government assistance or workers’ compensation. Other high-ranking Republicans aren’t so confident. Ramsey recently told the Nashville Chamber of Commerce that a […]

December 28, 2011 · admin · No Comments
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Santa or the Grinch

Santa or the Grinch this Christmas Eve? Have you been good or is that hard to conceive? Will you get presents or a lump of coal? If Santa sees you, will he shake like jelly in a bowl? Santa or the Grinch this Christmas Eve? Have you been naughty or is that hard to believe? […]

December 24, 2011 · admin · No Comments
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Santa in the bathtub

There now is a man named Santa who lives somewhere north of Atlanta. He’s in a tub today; soon will be coming your way — so don’t take being good for grant-ah.

December 23, 2011 · admin · No Comments
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“Wings” to heaven

DEAR ABBY: I am a middle-aged woman who is Baptist by faith. I believe that when I die I will go to heaven, My problem is, if going to heavean means being reunited with my parents and other family members, then I don’t want to go! The idea of spending eternity with them is more […]

December 23, 2011 · admin · No Comments
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The Force a religion in Czech Republic and ‘Star Wars’ A Religion In Czech Republic, According To New Census The Jedi Temple may have been destroyed in the Great Jedi Purge, but that hasn’t deterred some people from worshipping The Force. According to, the results of the Czech Republic’s new census that were unveiled this month reveal that 15,070 […]

December 18, 2011 · admin · No Comments
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The price creep of e-books

This is an interesting companion piece to the one on self-publishing that I posted earlier. If interested in writing, this is also a good blog to follow. Tom Dupree has many years experience as an editor, and it would be worth your time to tap into that knowledge. E-Customers Creeped Out By Price Creep By […]

December 18, 2011 · admin · No Comments
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