Ten on Tuesday: Movies My Husband Can’t Wait to See

This week’s Ten on Tuesday prompt, “10 Movies You’re Excited About Seeing,” was just made for my husband. Tall Paul is always downloading movie trailers and checking out the latest information on IMDb, so I’m turning the blog over to him for this post. Here are 10 movies that Tall Paul is excited about seeing, either this summer or whenever they make it into theaters. (For the record, I’m with him on #1, #4, and […]

Book recommendations: I’m asking, not giving!

My son has asked me for some book recommendations, and I thought I’d ask some of you avid-reader types who come around here for some input, so I can give him a really good list. He’s suddenly found himself with more free time, having just broken up with his girlfriend, and is looking for distractions. What might you suggest for this (almost) 24-year-old college graduate – electrical engineer by day, sports junkie by night, lindy-hopper […]

Weekend Assignment #216: Fire!

The Weekend Assignment is posted each Friday at Outpost Mâvarin; a roundup of responses goes up the following Thursday, so if you’d like to join in, you’ve still got some time. Karen says: Don’t worry if you don’t get your entry in by the end of the weekend. It’s called the Weekend Assignment because John Scalzi originally designed it to give folks something to write on weekends, but times have changed since then. Now the […]

Sunday link-o-rama, and questions for you, from me, for me (huh?)

Sunday link-o-rama, and questions for you, from me, for me (huh?)

Announcements: The Simpsons Ride opens at Universal Studios Theme Park tomorrow! New in Google Reader this week: Fond of Snape, via Friday Fill-ins (same blogger!)Planet Books, via Books on the BrainGood Mom/Bad Mom, via The BloggessMarketing Roadmaps, via TwitterAdventures in Juggling, via Twitter and the Weekend AssignmentsLiving Life Moment by MomentJust a (Reading) Fool, via Weekly Geeks Random reading: Advice for the expectant parent of baby #2 – reminds me of why I stopped with […]

Grammar lessons and punny business

My aunt retired a few years ago after thirty years of teaching in the same public elementary school in the Bronx; this came via e-mail from her. Fred is getting along in years and finds that he is unable to perform sexually. He finally goes to his doctor, who tries a few things but nothing seems to work. So the doctor refers him to an American Indian medicine man. The medicine man says, “I can […]

Friday Follies

Friday Follies

Manual Labor Redux Following up last week’s question about reading writing/grammar guides, this week, we’re expanding the question…. Scenario: You’ve just bought some complicated gadget home . . . do you read the accompanying documentation? Or not? Do you ever read manuals? How-to books? Self-help guides? Anything at all? Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave […]

Book talk: “Eleanor Rushing”

Book talk: “Eleanor Rushing”

Eleanor RushingPatty FriedmannCounterpoint, 2000 (ISBN 1582430772 / 9781582430775)Fiction, 288 pages If you have reviewed this book, please leave the link in a comment or e-mail it to me at 3.rsblog AT gmail DOT com, and I’ll edit this review to include it! First Sentence: I think it is impossible to change the world unless you are truly evil and so mad for control you never sleep. Book Description: From Booklist – How to explain an […]

Weekly Geeks #3: Kid Stuff

Weekly Geeks #3: Kid Stuff

Weekly Geeks #3 is on! Dewey says: This week’s theme comes from Samantha, who suggested that one week we all write about our fond memories of childhood books. You could approach this several ways. I’ll probably list my favorite childhood books with maybe a paragraph about each book: why I loved it, how old I was when I read it, where I got the book, etc. You could also just pick one childhood favorite and […]

The rules: Which rules? Whose rules?

“The Rules.” Call them rules, call them mores, or maybe even call them ethics. In general, we all understand there are certain rules and most of us try to follow them. Something to do with being good. But…are we all playing by the same rules? Do we all have to answer to the same rules? Are the rules applied equitably, and enforced equitably? Are we even all playing the same game? Are you a rule […]

Ten on Tuesday: Good stuff

This week’s Ten on Tuesday topic, “10 Things You’re Really Good At,” is the kind of topic I find difficult to address. While I was thinking about it earlier in the week, Meg Fowler posed some related musings on Twitter: megfowler: here’s a question: which is more your style, self-promotion or self-deprecation? and why? megfowler: do you think self-promotion = arrogance? and self-deprecation = humility/down to earth? megfowler: i find the bias that people attach […]

Weekend Assignment #215: At the Movies

Weekend Assignment #215: At the Movies

The Weekend Assignment is posted each Friday at Outpost Mâvarin; a roundup of responses goes up the following Thursday, so if you’d like to join in, you’ve still got some time. Karen says: Don’t worry if you don’t get your entry in by the end of the weekend. It’s called the Weekend Assignment because John Scalzi originally designed it to give folks something to write on weekends, but times have changed since then. Now the […]

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday Bulletin

Due to the Blogswarm post taking precedence this Mother’s Day, I’m not doing a big Scraptacular this week. I do have some announcements and Reader links to share, though. Announcements: ***If you usually read my posts via e-mail or feeder, thank you for subscribing! But then, chances are you don’t visit the blog itself all that much unless you comment, so you may not have seen the new addition to the sidebar that shows my […]

On Mothers’ Day: The lost mothers

This post, one of my occasional forays into the political, is prompted by a Mothers’ Day blogswarm in protest of maternal deaths – a protest in protest of an anti-abortion protest (got all that?) held in Knoxville, TN on May 10. The Knoxville event was planned as a “funeral procession to mourn aborted fetuses.” In response, the ArchCrone and ShortWoman launched their own blog initiative to mourn and honor mothers who have lost their own […]

Ten on Tuesday encore, with special guests!

This is a special follow-up to this week’s Ten on Tuesday post, with – the Talls! My husband Tall Paul occasionally likes to give his own answers to the memes I do here, and he lets me post them; this time, my stepdaughter Tall Girl wanted to play too. It’s two guest posts for the price of – well, nothing. Nothing more than tolerating my editorial comments, anyway. Ladies first, so here are Tall Girl’s […]

Friday Follies: 123, it’s FFI and BTT

Friday Follies: 123, it’s FFI and BTT

Manual Labor May 8, 2008 Writing guides, grammar books, punctuation how-tos . . . do you read them? Not read them? How many writing books, grammar books, dictionaries–if any–do you have in your library? Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves! I’d really never thought about this question before, probably […]