T Is for Time: #atozchallenge

One play. Twenty years.  *** When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.  ~ Clifton Fadiman   The first few years I studied Romeo and Juliet with my high school freshmen, when I was in my early … Continue reading T Is for Time: #atozchallenge

S Is for a Sin & a Shame: #atozchallenge

  LONG before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it's an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come … Continue reading S Is for a Sin & a Shame: #atozchallenge

R Is for Re-Vision: #atozchallenge

  Writing is a lonely pursuit, and reading it aloud transformed it into an interactive experience It also  brought  the text to life. When Anne read her material to Meg she picked up the difficulties and polished them out so that the writing flowed more smoothly. Occasionally, there were a few ruffled feathers and a … Continue reading R Is for Re-Vision: #atozchallenge

Q Is for Quotations & Mr. Twain: #atozchallenge

  Today's topic is Quotations. Today's theme is Mark Twain. The following quotations are taken from the "Directory of Mark Twain's maxims, quotations, and various opinions." Jane Austen and cat get twice as many lines as the rest because I like Jane Austen and cats. Twain liked cats but despised Jane Austen. I think his … Continue reading Q Is for Quotations & Mr. Twain: #atozchallenge

P Is Not for Pat Boone: #atozchallenge

  How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world! Fie on’t! O fie! ’tis an unweeded garden, That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely. ~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, ii   I woke this morning feeling perfectly fine but at the same … Continue reading P Is Not for Pat Boone: #atozchallenge

O Is for Origami: #atozchallenge

  I was reading Deborah Weber's O post today when a word therein sparked a memory. The word isn't her topic--that's oakus, an old name for something many of you possess--but origami, the art of paper folding. In my third-grade class, we students made snowflakes. That isn't exactly origami, because origami is sculpture, three-dimensional, and … Continue reading O Is for Origami: #atozchallenge

N Is for No: #atozchallenge

When I was a child, my family lived across the street from a couple whose daughter, Denise, was almost three years old. Denise had blonde hair her mother put up in a curly little pony tail. She was as cute as a bug and as bright as a button, but not as sweet as pie. … Continue reading N Is for No: #atozchallenge

L Is for List, List, O List: #atozchallenge

    List, list, O list! If thou didst ever thy dear father love -- ~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, i   Yesterday I wrote about three conventions of the mystery/suspense novel screenplay that I see as less than realistic. Today I'm taking on two other conventions that give me pause. So-- List, list, O … Continue reading L Is for List, List, O List: #atozchallenge

K Is for Knowing–or Not: #atozchallenge

  Three scenarios: A lone woman hears a sound in the middle of the night. She doesn't know what it is, so she goes in search of the source: to the attic, the basement, the back yard, the barn, the woods, the creek. She might take a flashlight and/or a bat. She wears her pajamas … Continue reading K Is for Knowing–or Not: #atozchallenge

J Is for Juliet & Ophelia & Paying for Groceries: #atozchallenge

When students asked, "Why do we have to read all this literature?" I told them it would help them to play Jeopardy. You never know when Alex Trebek will ask you a question. Since leaving the classroom, I've come up with other reasons. Here's one I wrote about back in 2012. * At HEB this … Continue reading J Is for Juliet & Ophelia & Paying for Groceries: #atozchallenge

I Is for I Like Alien Resort: #atozchallenge

  About a zillion words into a post about ifferisms, I discovered I was so bored I couldn't go on, and if I couldn't go on, neither could anyone else. So I abandoned it. That left a void in the topic area, but the only I word I could think of was I. Well, they … Continue reading I Is for I Like Alien Resort: #atozchallenge

H Is for The House of the Seven Gables: #atozchallenge

Unable to think of an H word I could get a post out of (I searched the dictionary for a likely candidate, but in vain), I fall back on a post that appeared April 9, 2018, exactly one year ago, for Day H of the A to Z Challenge. It's a little English majory, but … Continue reading H Is for The House of the Seven Gables: #atozchallenge

G Is for Gnome–No, Not That Kind: #atozchallenge

  A sign at the San Marcos River Bridge in Fentress, Texas, on the western boundary of Caldwell County, reads Gaudalupe County. That wouldn't be worth mentioning, except that when you get across the bridge, you're in Guadalupe County. I assume the error arises from its similarity to words like gauge, gaunt, and gauze. In … Continue reading G Is for Gnome–No, Not That Kind: #atozchallenge

F Is for Survival of the Fitting: #atozchallenge

My F post was almost ready to go online--Fairy Tales and Fiery Furnaces--when David showed me the new stopper he bought this afternoon for our bathtub. I immediately scrapped that F topic and replaced it with a new one: Fitting. When a topic like that falls into your lap, you don't go looking a gift … Continue reading F Is for Survival of the Fitting: #atozchallenge