Archive | February 2018

The Beast Approacheth: Weather Gobsmackage #BeastFromTheEast #humor

Prepare to be highly entertained by funny and brainy Barb Taub!

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It’s been a strange, late winter here in Scotland. A little over a week ago, I brought in the last of the roses as it started snowing. Now my garden has hundreds of bulbs poking out amidst a forest of blooming snowdrops. But the geraniums in the window boxes were still blooming, despite last week’s snow, while the delighted dog was making snow doggie-angels. She’s now looking forward to new snow so she can deposit gallons of melting slush and eau d’wet-dog all over the living room rug (the only actual good one in the house).
My friend Tric has an amusing blog post, Help! The Beast is coming about our upcoming Beast From the East, which promises up to 15-inches here. It reminded me of this weather blog I posted a few years ago. Enjoy!

Weather and politics. It’s all local.

When I first moved to Chicago, I was too young to appreciate…

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This entry was posted on February 27, 2018. 1 Comment

Introducing – ELLIS: One Man’s Remarkable Life – Guest Post by Andrew Joyce…

Another great book from Mr. Andrew Joyce. And a real steal at $0.99!!

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My name is Andrew Joyce. Some of you may know me … most of you, probably not. But I’m sure you all know of my ex-dog, Danny the Dog. He left me for greener pastures a few months ago (like six months ago) and I was kinda sad. Still am, but that’s another story.

What I’m trying to say is that without Danny around, I got bored. He used to keep me entertained (and on my toes). Anyway, about then I got to know an interesting character. I had seen him around the marina for years, but I had never said more than a few words to him.

For a long time now, some of my friends have been coming up to me and telling me I should write a book about him. They told me he had led a remarkable life and I could sell a lot of books…

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This entry was posted on February 27, 2018. 1 Comment

#Valentine’s Day BC (Before Children) vs AD (After Delivery) #humor

Don’t walk…run to Barb Taub’s blog to be thoroughly entertained (again) this Valentine’s Day. Most creative use of BC and AD I’ve ever!! Kudos, Barb!

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A very short Valentine’s Day story:

I’ve always said that our relationship was based on the two purest human feelings: pity and hunger. Back in our college days, I was cooking a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at our apartment when my roommate Max dragged in a couple of grad students she knew would be alone on the holiday. One was a tall thin guy who didn’t say two words to me but ate everything that came within reach. We were married two years later. It’s been almost forty years, and he’s still my valentine!

Here’s a Valentines Day excerpt from my new book, Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home And The Dog Dies

Chapter 40: Valentine’s Day BC (BEFORE Children) vs AD (AFTER Delivery)

In the years before children (BC) I considered myself a reasonably cultured person.


  • Books? I bought them in hardbound so I’d be early enough to disagree…

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This entry was posted on February 14, 2018. 2 Comments

A Tale of Romance – Guest Post by Zoe The Fabulous Feline…

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A Tale of Romance

Greetings, my friends. It’s Zoe the Fabulous Feline here. It’s February, the day before Valentine’s Day, and I have for you a romantic tale to warm your cockles. I’m not sure what “cockles” are—I’m a cat, after all—but I’ve heard the word and it tickles my fancy.

Just as an aside, my human, Emily, was looking over my shoulder and read the above. She is good at giving unsolicited advice, and so she promptly advised me that I should not use words I do not understand. She went on to say that the correct expression is “warms the cockles of my/your heart.” She then further explained (much to my chagrin) that cockles are the ventricles of the heart.

Well, not actually the ventricles,” says she. “It is more precise to say that the word cockles is a bastardized version of the Latin name for the…

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This entry was posted on February 13, 2018. 3 Comments

Tales from the Irish Garden – A sneak preview – Jeremy the Donkey by Sally Cronin

Lovely story by Sally Cronin, beautiful artwork too!

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I thought I would give you a sneak preview for Tales from the Irish Garden. (temporary cover) It is not gone through the full editing experience as yet but I hope you will enjoy.

My brother is four years younger than I am and his name is Jeremy. When he was small we used to tell him a bedtime story about Jeremy the Donkey. I have expanded the story to become a chapter in the new Tales from the Irish Garden and I am using one of the illustrations that I asked Donata Zawadzka to create for me with this little donkey in mind.

Unlike the first book of short stories, this is one story split into four seasons which I hope will be enjoyed by all ages from young children and adults.

This is from the second season of the book – Spring.

Image – Donkey @Tales from the…

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