Life’s just swell, fine-and-dandy.

Fine. Excellent. Well done. Going just right. Swell. *Snore.*

How wistfully do we tread through life, looking for better adjectives to battle-harden our vocabulary, and how often do we …

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  1. Mari Duffy says:

    I introduced a word a few weeks ago……..fastidious. My son who takes honors English had never heard it and enjoys learning ‘new’ words.

  2. Sharon says:

    It’s no wonder vocab is going down – schools don’t care if kids spell correctly or not… “just get the idea down, we’ll worry about the spelling later”. Yeh, that’s a great idea! And now we have the worst spellers ever, totally reliant on spell check. What happens if your computer crashes or phone texting freezes and you have to send out an important document and it has to go out with your hooked-on-phonics 3rd grade spelling? (Okay, breathe… stepping off my soap box…)

  3. Eileen Widman says:

    Very funny! I have a friend who overuses “that” word to the point of nausea!!
    Just Sayin”

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Sitting down to read my November issue of More Magazine, the title below caught my eye and in particular a word on page 78 as I read A DATE WITH THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY.

*This is the issue I’m featured in, page 148, for my work with Project F.A.R.M. (First-class American Rural Made). Make sure you pick up a copy, on newsstands now!

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  1. carol branum says:

    hi,I am headed to the store right now to purchase a copy so I will have something to read as I wait for my son H OSS at the hospital,he is getting IV fluids three times a day for infection in the bone of his foot from Diabetes.their is nothing ever good to read at the hospital,we have six more weeks of treatment.I take along my MaryJanesFarm mags too,I have worn them cover to cover.
    Yesterday,the pharmacist,said,Last time I saw you,you had a cherry tomato stuck in your belt!Yea,I ,am a farm girl,I say with a smile!
    Have a great week,carol B.

  2. JJean says:

    I just finished reading the Nov. issue of More cover to cover on a flight. It was a first for me for this magazine and there were so many great articles. And thanks to you I now know what the word Ensorcelled means. Another good article is /second acts/ page 57 “I Didn’t Know I Had It In Me”
    Cheers! Jean

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Come along with me/whimstanding

Do you ever just lay back, stare at the clouds … and take a moment out of the day? I did, and I wondered where this cloud wandered whilst it was whispering its whimsical story …

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  1. Wanda Sturrock says:

    I’m singing, Mary Jane!! Love that song. Thanks. It’s nice to know there is someone else out there who feels the same way I do about things. Bet there’s more than just us two. 🙂

  2. Eileen Widman says:

    Your Puff the Magical Dragon , My happy dog with his head out of the window and ears flapping!!
    It was a whimstanding day…..!
    I started sewing again today! Aprons this time.
    I finished spinning the 50% alpaca%50% merino and added in Blue dyed mohair locks to complete a lovely Einstein Sweater for my daughters birthday. She received it today via UPS.
    Now I am on to whimsical Aprons. Magical and fun!
    Loved your clouds. I have been photographing weather and clouds for years and submitting them to Q13 fox weather person MJ McDermot. She shows them on the morning news. Clouds are my favorite weather to photograph. There is so much to see in them.

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Have you snapped lately?

Irving Berlin‘s song “Easter Parade” talks about finding yourself in the rotogravure.


“The photographers will snap us
And you’ll find that you’re
In the rotogravure.”

Rotogravure. Merry-go-round? Snooty name for restroom?

Rotogravure \ˌrō-tə-grə-ˈvyur\

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  1. Joanne from Idaho says:

    Ha! I always thought that line was “And you’ll find that you’re on the road to grandeur.” 🙂

  2. Eileen Widman says:

    I grew up watching Lawrence Welk on TV too! My Mother was a soloist in a lot of productions around Spokane and directed choir at our church. She and my Father used to dance around the house with Lawrence Welk and sing along with all the songs. I loved it when they sang the Easter Parade especially when I came out of the bathroom dressed in my Easter pretties.

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Zephyr. Bad gas? Distant cousin to sulphur? How about something related to dinosaurs? The big toe of a brontosaurus? Louis L’Amour sidekick?

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  1. Eileen Widman says:

    I love this gleaning a word a day. A gleaming word to add sparkle to our language! Zephyr. I have never seen this poem in its’ entirety. Thank-you for this fun exercise.

  2. Michelle says:

    Here in northern Nevada, a Zephyr is more than a breeze from the west…it’s a howler that makes all of our trees lean to the east! LOL! When the weatherman says the Zephyrs are a’coming you batten down the hatches.

  3. Hey! I’m in the west. Think of me when there is a Zephyr blowing by you…
    We have Santa Ana Winds that blow around here and they come mostly from the East so I’ll think of you (all). When I hear the word Zephyr I think of the Amtrack Railroad Train route called “The California Zephyr” This is the website’s description since I’ve never actually had the honor of traveling on the “California Zephyr” myself.
    “From Towering Skyscrapers to the Golden Gate~Experienced travelers say the California Zephyr is one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America. As you climb through the heart of the Rockies, and further west through the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, you may find it hard to disagree.

    The Zephyr runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco, coursing through the plains of Nebraska to Denver, across the Rockies to Salt Lake City, and then through Reno and Sacramento into Emeryville/San Francisco.”

  4. Ellen Andersen says:

    “Zephyr” is one of these words, to me, that when you say it….you feel it, you know? You feel the breeze in your hair as you say the word….the sound of it just conjures up the feeling. Oh…well….I’m a dork, I know. But I love that word.

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Name that tune

Who knows what well-known song has the word halcyon in it? Hint: it’s patriotic.

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  1. Wow, I did not know this! I googled and found out that the poet, Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote the words to “Oh, Beautiful” changed several lines slightly several years after the poem was first published. I have always sung the word “spacious” in its “halcyon” place. I had no idea…Also changed from the original by the author was “enameled plain” to “fruited”. Fascinating. This is according to “The American Patriot’s Almanac” that I found in GoogleBooks.

  2. Anna Russiano says:

    America the Beautiful!

  3. Kyria says:

    Very cool! My youngest sister’s name is Halcyon.

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