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Word Nerds


Our evenings and weekends are consumed with writing, it seems.  This is what deadlines do to people.  They hover, always reminding you of their presence.  The funny thing is, it’s mostly editing that my husband and I are working on.  We have to take a previous book he did and change its format, so there’s a lot of cutting and trying to say the same thing with fewer words.  One of the rules in The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, is #17, “Omit needless words.”  No easy feat for people who love words, I’ll tell you that!  Hard to believe there even is such a thing as a needless word.  Winking smile 

You would think a little snipping and cutting would be easy, but it’s not.  Which words to snip and cut?  And the ones left over, how to condense?  How do we turn 127 words into 55 and still say the same thing?  Well, okay, Darc does that part.  I just do the cutting.  I’m going to make a t-shirt for myself – “Runs with <del>”.  Smile

And how was your Memorial Day Weekend?

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Schrodinger’s cat

Perhaps those new abilities included LOLcats.  😉


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I need Ralphie for my reading light at night!


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In honor of Memorial Day coming up this weekend, I thought I’d do some funnies with our military in mind. 

Bumper-Stickers Seen On Military Bases.


"When In Doubt, Empty The Magazine"

"Marine Sniper – You can run, but you’ll just die tired!"

"Machine Gunners – Accuracy By Volume"

"Except For Ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism and Communism, WAR has Never Solved Anything."

" U.S. Marines – Certified Counselors to the 72 Virgins Dating Club."


" U.S. Air Force – Travel Agents To Allah"


"Stop Global Whining"


Naval Corollary: Dead Men Don’t Testify.


"The Marine Corps – When It Absolutely, Positively Has To Be Destroyed Overnight"


"Death Smiles At Everyone – Marines Smile Back"


"What Do I Feel When I Kill A Terrorist?  A Little Recoil"


"Marines – Providing Enemies of America an Opportunity To Die For their Country Since 1775"


"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It"


"Happiness Is A Belt-Fed Weapon"


"It’s God’s Job to Forgive Bin Laden – It’s Our Job To Arrange The Meeting"


"Artillery Brings Dignity to What Would Otherwise Be Just A Vulgar Brawl"


"One Shot, Twelve Kills – U.S. Naval Gun Fire Support "


"My Kid Fought In Iraq So Your Kid Can Party In College"


"A Dead Enemy Is A Peaceful Enemy – Blessed Be The Peacemakers"


"If You Can Read This, Thank A Teacher.. If You Can Read It In English, Thank A Veteran"


…and finally


"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world.  But the U.S. ARMED FORCES don’t have that problem."
….. Ronald Reagan



Have a great weekend!

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This Week’s Thoughts

funny pictures of cats with captionsThat’s how you know it’s a true friendship, because you don’t care that your shoulder’s fallen asleep.  Smile  And after nearly 4 decades of friendship, I think our respective shoulders probably fell asleep years ago!  I had an awesome visit with my friend.  And was truly blessed by his other friends that he’s been staying with.  Wonderful, gracious folks who felt like old friends the minute they walked in the door, even though I’d never met them before.  The way this whole visit worked out, well, I can only tell you that there are no accidents, Grasshopper.  Smile  It was so amazing the way it all unfolded.  Seriously. Awesome. 


She must have been drunk.  Honestly.  Who tries walking into the wrong apartment at 2 am?  This was way more bizarre than when the lost pizza guy tried to walk into our apartment a few years ago.   I probably should have called the cops, but when someone started trying to open my door, kept trying to turn the door knob, kept trying to force it open, well, I ran to wake up my husband.  I guess I trust him to protect me more than the police. 


My plan for the day is to get caught up on blogs!  And housework. But mostly blogs. Smile  Look out Google Reader, here I come! 


We are making progress on the edits!  Well, slow progress, but progress nonetheless!  I still think we’ll make the deadline, and if we don’t, I still think we’ll only miss it by a few days. 

So, those are some of my thoughts.  What are some of yours?

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