How listening to foreign languages can enrich your writing

Today, I read an interesting article today by Shoba Narayan, a journalist, columnist, content creator and author of four books. She has won a James Beard award and a Pulitzer Fellowship. Under the subtitle, “Metaphors that Reflect Culture“, I ponder upon her sentiments. “Take a common metaphor in Tamil, often used to describe a person who…

A2Z – Birds – Plover

Featured Photo by Kathy Buscher Physical Description: A medium-sized shorebird, the plover measures approximately 10 inches in length, with a wingspan of 22 inches and a weight of about 5.5 ounces. Plumage is speckled gold and brown on the back, with a black chest and belly, and a white rump. The plover’s face is black…

A2Z- Birds – Oriole

Featured Photo of the Baltimore Oriole by David Mark Physical Description: Orioles have black, yellow, and orange plumage; the female is duller than the male. The bird measures approximately 7 to 9 inches long, has a wingspan of approximately 10 inches, and a weight of 1 ¼ ounces. The oriole has a long slender beak…

SoCS- A Wee Lad and Lass who Cheered Me Up this Week

I’ve reached the tail end of the Covid viral infection. Nearly all of my symptoms are gone. My nose stopped bleeding. I’ve regained my sense of balance. I went through nearly 3 cases of water due to dehydration. I couldn’t help but munch on sweet chocolate-covered pecan roca treats that I got from the Potter…

Brick Rodeo 2021

When I was a young girl, my parents bought me a red bin filled with hundreds of plastic bricks to build to my heart’s content. My first project was a pirate’s ship. It’s been a long time since I last played with them, but last week I had the opportunity to attend a Lego convention…

A2Z 2021 – Birds – Magpie

Featured Image by 👀 Mabel Amber, who will one day from Pixabay Physical Description: A striking bird, the magpie has the deep, glossy black plumage of a crow or raven, with a white chest and white blazes across the top of the wings. The primary flight feathers also have white on them, as can be…

A2Z 2021 – Birds – Goldfinch

Featured Image by Michael Murphy Physical Description: The goldfinch is a small, stubby bird measuring about 4.5 inches long, with a wingspan of approximately 8 inches and a weight of roughly .5 ounce. The bird’s plumage is mostly bright yellow, and it has a black blaze above the beak, black wing edges touched with white,…

A2Z 2021 – Birds – Falcon

Featured Photo by Viktor Jakovlev on Unsplash Physical Description: The falcon has a curve at the end of its beak that is sometimes referred to as a hook. Peregrine falcons average 17 inches in length, with a wingspan of about 42 inches and an average weight of about 2.5 pounds Geographic Distribution: Falcons are found…

A2Z 2021 – Birds – Dove

Featured photo by Sylvia Maulding Physical Description: Doves are medium-sized birds with short stout bodies, short necks, and short beaks. Size varies according to the species as does coloring. The mourning dove, the most common species in North America, measures about 11 inches long, with a wingspan of 18 inches and a weight of approximately…

A2Z 2021 – Birds – Cardinal

Featured Photo by Christy Mesker Physical Description: The northern cardinal is a mid-size songbird with a distinctive crest on the head. The cardinal measures approximately 8.5 inches long, weighs approximately 1.5 ounces, and has a wingspan of about 11 inches. The male is slightly larger than the female and is a vibrant red with a…