flummadiddle

So many puppies. But none of them will be Word of the Year. Clement, I wasn't sure of its meaning, so I looked it up. That's when I stumbled on this story on the Miriam Webster Dictionary site about popular word searches and the word of the year according to that site...

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Amazon Go = Amazon Retail

I'd heard that Amazon was testing some models to study the feasibility of creating a brick and mortar retail store. It looks like Amazon found a model that worked and will be putting a serious dent into the business of Walmart, Target, the grocery business and most...

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Dr. Seuss Quote – Late

“How did it get so late so soon?” ~ Dr. Seuss — I ask myself this everyday, not in these words exactly, but something close. In fact, I’ve been asking this question since my

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Writing Intuitively?

It seems to me that all writers would like to think their work is intuitive, but I don’t think it is. Intuition usually grows out of experience. Doing or seeing or experiencing something

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Small Children and Smart Phones

A few days ago I watched a child, about six, reach into her little purse, pull out an iPhone, sit on a store shelf and she started playing Angry Birds. For quite awhile I’ve been appalled by the number of small children with surprisingly expensive phones they use more as toys than as communication devices. When a child is given a phone to keep in touch with parents, that’s a good thing. Add texting and that can be okay, but does a child really need any…

A friend explained to me why parents get smart p

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Gravestone Epithets and Epitaphs

I look in many places for inspiration and save all sorts of interesting and odd things that I look at every now and then when I need to motivate my muse. I don’t know where I found this. I have a bad habit of finding things on the Internet and saving them, but not adding a citation so I’ll know where it came from if I ever decide to use it for something other than my amusement…

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Prompt: The Night Before Halloween

From your bedroom window, you can see an abandoned old house. You’ve walked past it many times before. Once it was a beautiful house, but now the roof sags, the paint is peeling, the windows are boarded up and all your friends say…

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Thoughts to Ponder

Future & Past

The stone raised over you by the future will become your past.” ~ Jane Yolen

Arnold Lobel Quote

“I know I know how to draw pictures. With writing, I don’t really know what I’m doing. It’s very intuitive.” ~ Arnold Lobel

Awareness

“Life is a process, not a substance, and it is necessarily temporary. We are not the reason for the existence of the universe, but our ability for self-awareness and reflection makes us special within it.” ~ Sean Carroll, physicist

Quotation: It Wasn’t Me

“I’m not a religious scholar. All I know is my faith teaches me that God created only one perfect man — and it wasn’t me.” Author Ron Fournier

Importance

“I like to think that our lives do matter, even if the universe would trundle along without us.” Sean Carroll, physicist

Pay Attention

“It’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention.”                         ~ Mark Strand, poet

Terry Pratchett Quote

  “It occurred to me that at one point it was like I had two diseases – one was Alzheimer’s, and the other was knowing I had Alzheimer’s.” ~ Terry Pratchett