MAGGIE, THE OSTENSIBLE leader of the Compassion Heart sorority, clapped her hands in a futile attempt to quiet the room. "Ladies! Ladies... let's get started. Please? Ladies!" Her exhortations went ignored; if anything, the room grew louder. Kate frowned and glanced at her phone. If this meeting didn't get started soon, she'd lose her reservation.... Continue Reading →


Veronica walked into the room carrying a stack of dresses. "What do you think? Anything worth bedizening?" Betty stared at her, then marched over to the bookcase and pulled down the latest edition of Merriam-Webster's Unabridged English Dictionary. "Bedizening? Omigod. Who says bedizening? I can't... I can't even. Bedizening. Bed. I. Zen. Ing. Whatever. What...... Continue Reading →


EDDIE WATCHED HIS stepfather struggle with lighting the model rocket's ignition. "Come on... come on... stupid thing." His stepfather looked over at him, an embarrassed grin on his face. "Stupid wick, right?" Eddie refrained from rolling his eyes. This was supposed to be a bonding experience. His mother wanted them to get along. Besides, his... Continue Reading →


Notorious is one of my favorite movies. You got Nazis and nukes and South America and spies and Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman and a whole bunch of other stuff. Plus, it's Alfred Hitchcock. Watch it on Youtube now. _____ * _____ * _____ * _____ * _____ Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day Notorious adjective... Continue Reading →


Today's word is QUAIL. Not the noun. The verb. Quail verb | KWAIL 1 : to give way : falter 2 : to recoil in dread or terror : cower Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - June 19, 2018


_____ * _____ * _____ * _____ * _____ MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORD OF THE DAY Tantalize verb | TAN-tuh-lyze : to tease or torment by or as if by presenting something desirable to the view but continually keeping it out of reach. _____ * _____ * _____ * _____ * _____


IT WAS FRIDAY. Finally. Miriam leaned on her hand and stirred her drink. Why did they always have to go to the same bar? "Okay. So, what about that guy?" Jennifer head pointed at a youngish looking suit, leaning on the bar with a practiced smirk. "He's good-looking." Miriam looked up. "Which one?" They all... Continue Reading →


You know, I start the blog, I'm all Daily Posting, and then they get rid of it. Figures. Looks like it's up to my good friend, Merriam-Webster to help with the inspiration. *comes on stage and taps on microphone; winces at feedback* "Hello? Is this thing on?" *clears throat, scans crowd nervously* "Today's word is... Fustigate.... Continue Reading →

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