A year of knitting, a year of learning

Note: I started this post in April 2013. Yes, more than a year ago. What happened to posting every time I finished a knitting project? Oops. So here’s what I knit last year (12 months of knitting is all I can manage in one post.) First up, in January 2013 I finished this Child’s Library…

Clinging to clarity

An article on Slate’s The Good Word poses the question: how long should we cling to a word’s original meaning? The “Nonplussed” Problem suggests that, sometimes, sticking to a word’s original meaning can be a good thing — especially if there is no other synonym to replace it. Language is often about nuance and subtlety;…

What the Dalai Lama said about motherhood

On Friday, I joined 11,000 of my brothers and sisters to enjoy being in the presence and wisdom of his holiness the Dalai Lama. Since he declared me his sister and repeatedly reminded us that we are all of the same essence, I will dispense with the “his holiness” part, with no disrespect. This is…

A mission

Our talks this year at the Center for Spiritual Living – Eugene have been based off Mary Anne Radmacher’s book, Live Boldly. I bought the book in January and, so far, have only managed to drop it into the bathtub. I can’t seem to read paper books anymore. So I got the kindle version and…

Writing humor – funny only to writers?

I can’t quite explain why I find punctuation humor so incredibly funny. Perhaps it’s the comments on this site: The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation marks. Perhaps it’s because I often take unneeded quotation marks out of other people’s writing. Whatever the reason, I find blogs like these hilarious and laugh until I cry. Is this…