Things I Have Learned

For the most part, a lot of the things I’ve learned over the years have been the source of a great deal of retrospective chagrin. I also laugh about a lot of them now, but at the time maybe not so much. I’ve compiled a bunch of them for the last chapter in my memoir.Continue reading “Things I Have Learned”

Weird Words, Part 8

Hunky-dory That’s a word you don’t hear very often any more. I’ll call it a word and not a phrase because it is hyphenated. I’m not picking nits. It’s just that I like to make my article titles accurate and relevant to the body of the article. Really. Well, mostly anyway. Now, where was I?Continue reading “Weird Words, Part 8”

Beneath Certainty: Some Ramblings about Life in Dianne Land

Beneath certainty lies a very nastily tangled web of doubt. It seems to me that any rational person could not possibly be certain at all times about all things. And therein, as I see it, lays the problem. For me it is a large one. Mostly, I go about my life certain that I amContinue reading “Beneath Certainty: Some Ramblings about Life in Dianne Land”

Common Misconceptions, Part Three

The Dark Side of the Moon When I was very young, I wondered why we saw only one side of the moon. I was a little odd. Still am. I set about finding the answer to that question. We didn’t have the Internet at that time. Our family didn’t even have an encyclopedia set. AndContinue reading “Common Misconceptions, Part Three”

Common Misconceptions, Part Two

Napoleon was Vertically Challenged I used to find solace in the fact that someone so short could still have such a profound effect on history. My God! The man practically invented canned food. Well, not literally. But he did set things in motion that eventually led to the canning of all sorts of foods. I,Continue reading “Common Misconceptions, Part Two”

Inspire, Promote, Encourage, Sing!

There is no doubt that songs can be inspirational. Songs are written about all manner of things and because words put to music are often easier to remember than otherwise, songs have been used through the ages to teach and inform as well as sell and influence and even warn. A national anthem tells theContinue reading “Inspire, Promote, Encourage, Sing!”

Things I Just don’t Understand, Part One

Bath Tissue “If I put bath tissue on the shopping list, will you know which kind to get?” My husband, Bernd, actually said that to me. Me. Just who does he thinks does all the shopping around here? The Shopping Fairy? Why wouldn’t I know what kind to get? But that’s not what I don’tContinue reading “Things I Just don’t Understand, Part One”

Common Misconceptions, Part One

In my ongoing efforts to educate and delight, I thought I might start a new series. Also, series of these sorts are handy to have around when you don’t really have anything truly amazing to write about (this statement predisposes that I sometimes do). In other places and at other times, I’ve written copiously aboutContinue reading “Common Misconceptions, Part One”