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Blogging Update


Is it something in the air? The change of seasons? A change in pursuit or passion or priority?

All of the above?

I notice I’m not the only blogger whose posting frequency has dwindled or come to a screeching halt. I didn’t expect my ‘break’ to last this long, but whether it’s because of family time, more physical activities, signing up for (too many) classes, a change in my writing priorities or simply grasping every last moment enjoying multi-colored trees while October sun warms my face, I cannot summon the will to blog.

Right now, anyway.

My ‘Annie Project’ has led me down an unexpectedly enjoyable reading, research and mapping path. I have chosen to forego my blogging time in order to immerse myself without distractions. At least until I figure out where I’m headed. Once I know, you’ll know, too!

Withdrawing during difficult times is my lifelong pattern. Withdrawing during the best of times is not my norm. It feels right for this endeavor.

Please, don’t all of you do likewise! Reading your blogs remains a highlight every day.

I invented this malapropism! I invented this malapropism!

Thanks to all who chimed in during my malapropism series. What better way to pass the time than appreciating our language in all its depth, eloquence and quirks?

I’m taking a few weeks ‘off the blogging beat and path’ to ratchet up bike miles, ogle some aspens, sneak in a couple rounds of golf with Dad, and celebrate a bunch of family birthdays.

I will be reading your posts occasionally, and will return here in October.  Stay healthy, safe and keep writing!

This post is Day Five of the 5 Day 5 Photo Challenge in which I feature malapropisms.


Language has historically been a written and audio tool to distinguish social classes. Authors and playwrights – think Dickens, Shakespeare and Moliere – used malapropisms in dialogue when those from a lower class wished to appear educated while speaking to a higher-up. Their attempts to use proper words and grammar often resulted in a mangled phrase or two. Read the rest of this entry »

Snoop Doggy Doors

This post is Day Four of the 5 Day 5 Photo Challenge in which I feature malapropisms.


It was 2am one wintry February night and I was playing with a photo app. Little did I know when I stuffed my ‘fun house-ish’ doors in my virtual photo folder, they’d come in handy for Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors.

Thumbing through Robert Alden Rubin’s going to hell in a hen basket malapropism dictionary for an appropriate D phrase, I came upon ‘doggy-dog’. Read the rest of this entry »


This post is Day Three of the 5 Day 5 Photo Challenge in which I feature malapropisms.


This massive, expanding thunderhead is representative of what passed overhead throughout the months of May, June and July when daily afternoon rains kept our foothills green far longer than normal. Read the rest of this entry »


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