Friday, 31 July 2015

Genius Does What It Must




Lachrymose: tearful #ExquisiteAdjectives

Awaiting his summons to the eternal silence #literaryExpression

A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection.  She values and uses all of her gifts. ~ Nancy Rathburn #quote

The haunting melody of some familiar line of verse #literaryExpression




What is a long term goal and how can you achieve it? #JournalWritingIdeas

Never wrestle with a pig. You'll both get muddy, and the pig likes it. ~  Winston Churchill #quote

What is your idea of a boring evening? #JournalWritingIdeas


"Hog Town," or "The Big Smoke" - Toronto #CanadianSlang

Awesome, Cool, Rad:  fine wonderful, marvelous, great, fantastic #alternativesToOverusedWords

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home. ~ Johann von Goethe #quote

The days when you dared to dream #literaryExpression

A faint accent of reproach #literaryExpression

ALL men see in only 16 colours, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a colour. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what Mauve is. ~ #ifmenwrotetherules




At The Drop Of A Hat: Willing to do something immediately. #ENGidiom

St Nicholas, the original Father Christmas, is the patron saint of thieves, virgins and communist Russia. #factoid

Its Anyone's Call: A competition where the outcome is difficult to judge or predict. #ENGidiom

The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas! ~ #OneLiner #BumperSticker

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

The hand of time sweeps them into oblivion #literaryExpression

DIPLOMACY, n. The patriotic art of lying for one's country. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Stern emptying of the soul #literaryExpression


It's been Monday all week #bumperstickers

HARANGUE, n. A speech by an opponent, who is known as an harrangue-outang. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Infantine simplicity and lavish waste #literaryExpression

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must. ~ Edward George Bulwer-Lytton #quote

Third times a charm: After no success the first two times, the third try is a lucky one. #ENGidiom





Illiterate?  Write For Free Help #bumperstickers

I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein #quote

A danger sign that fellow-obsessionals will at once recognize is the tendency to regard the happiest moments of your life as those that occur when someone who has an appointment to see you is prevented from coming. - Peter Medawar, Memoirs of a Thinking Radish #quote






I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television. ~ Gore Vidal #quote

The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time. ~ George Bernard Shaw #quote

If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things. ~ Plato #quote





A film has its own life and takes its own time. ~ Aaron Eckhart #quote

Borne from lip to lip #literaryExpression

The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers. ~ Dave Barry #quote








Before was the open malignant sea #literaryExpression

When music is allied to words #literaryExpression

Trouble gathered on his brow #literaryExpression












Saturday, 25 July 2015

Jealousy You Have to Earn



Skirmishes and retreats of conscience #literaryExpression

The bad news was that the yard contained a dog. A very, very large dog, wide and hairy, like a cross between a rottweiler and a Goodyear blimp. ~ Dave Barry #quote



Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: All of them make me laugh. ~ W.H. Auden #quote

What is the best party you have ever been to? #JournalWritingIdeas

The ambition and rivalship of men #literaryExpression

What would you invent to make life better? #JournalWritingIdeas

Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn. ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger #quote



What sorry and pitiful quibbling #literaryExpression

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause. #fortunecookiesayings

Which talent would you most like to have? #JournalWritingIdeas

HAPPINESS, n. An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

The strength of early lasers was measured in Gillettes, the number of blue razor blades a given beam could puncture. #factoid

When Pigs Fly : Something that will never ever happen. #ENGidiom

All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my hand #bumperstickers
NON-COMBATANT, n. A dead Quaker. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant. ~ Maya Angelou #quote



Yanking your chain #englishlanguageidiom

Plan for many pleasures ahead. #fortunecookiesayings

When  the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone  rings. #lifelaws

If my car were a horse, I'd have to shoot it #bumperstickers



The tempered daylight of an olive garden #literaryExpression

The night was drowned in stars #literaryExpression

He sat on thorns #literaryExpression

As the long train sweeps away into the golden distance #literaryExpression

The still voice of the poet #literaryExpression

Quivering with restrained grief #literaryExpression


Thrilled to the depths of her being #literaryExpression

Beat A Dead Horse: To force an issue that has already ended. #ENGidiom

Nothing will work unless you do. ~ Maya Angelou #quote

If you were to die tomorrow, what would you want your last words to be? #JournalWritingIdeas

The more people I meet, the more I like my dog #bumperstickers

Giraffes can't cough #factoid



Get Over It: To move beyond something that is bothering you. #ENGidiom

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mahatma Gandhi #quote

You should not confuse your career with your life. ~ Dave Barry #quote
Weatherman Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald. #factoid

What is one unanswered question you would like to ask your parents? Why? #JournalWritingIdeas

It is not every wind that can blow you from your anchorage #literaryExpression

The tyranny of nipping winds and early frosts #literaryExpression

Skid Row: The rundown area of a city where the homeless and drug users live. #ENGidiom

How do you make ice cream? #JournalWritingIdeas

Why is exercise important to someone your age? #JournalWritingIdeas



The last "sign" above was a picture taken by our daughter
on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
The sign just above it, was courtesy of a friend... "Give way".
All other signs captured in Ecuador.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Bossy Thought Maybe...





So... In the End... Bossy thought maybe she might be insulted after all... But she didn't know by whom or exactly how, so she just (you know) went to bed and tried to forget about it all.


Just Sitting Beside the River


Sunday, 19 July 2015

A Tudor who Tooted a Flute






Her heart fluttered with a vague terror #literaryExpression

Penetrate beneath the surface to the core #literaryExpression

Making the ear greedy to remark offence #literaryExpression

New York Minute: A minute that seems to go by quickly, especially in a fast paced environment. #ENGidiom

Pediophobia' is the fear of dolls. #factoid



Scrupulous morality of conduct #literaryExpression

For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism. #justajoke

The machinations of an unscrupulous enemy #literaryExpression

What do you like to do when it is really hot outside? #JournalWritingIdeas

His eyes had a twinkle of reminiscent pleasantry #literaryExpression

Cubs ~ A litter of cubs. #factoid #collectivenouns

All Bark And No Bite: When someone is threatening and/or aggressive but not willing to engage in a fight. #ENGidiom



Butterflies ~ A Swarm or Rabble of butterflies; A Kaleidoscope of butterflies; A Flutter of butterflies; A Rainbow  of butterflies. #factoid #collectivenouns

To Make A Long Story Short: Something someone would say during a long and boring story in order to keep his/her audience from losing attention. Usually the story isn't shortened. #ENGidiom

Buried hopes rose from their sepulchres #literaryExpression

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. ~ Abba Eban #sarcastic #quote

What is your ideal pet? #JournalWritingIdeas



The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket. #sarcasticsayings

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience. ~ #OneLiner

The see-saw of a wavering courage #literaryExpression

The sunlight spread at a gallop along the hillside #literaryExpression

Uttering grandiose puerilities [puerilities = childishness, silly] #literaryExpression

A true similitude of what befalls many men and women #literaryExpression

Rise and Shine: Time to get out of bed and get ready for work/school. #ENGidiom

Quiescent: inactive, untroublesome #ExquisiteAdjectives

His heart was full of enterprise #literaryExpression

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a spring day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. ~ Sir. J. Lubbock #quote

IGNORAMUS, n. A person unacquainted with certain kinds of knowledge familiar to yourself, and having certain other kinds that you know nothing about. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote




Unaware of her bitter taunt #literaryExpression

How do you think sudden loss of millions would affect your familial relationships and friendships? #JournalWritingIdeas

Moments of utter idleness and insipidity #literaryExpression

Give Him The Slip: To get away from. To escape. #ENGidiom

What would you do if you would stay 25 forever? #JournalWritingIdeas

The iron hand of oppression #literaryExpression

A Tudor who tooted a flute tried to tutor two tooters to toot. Said the two to their tutor, “Is it harder to toot or to tutor two tooters to toot?” #tonguetwister

Her tone was gathering remonstrance #literaryExpression






Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity. ~ George Carlin #quote

When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home to a sellout crowd, the full stadium becomes the state's third largest city. #factoid

A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved. ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote







Saturday, 18 July 2015

For the Love of Mountains



Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies is an award-winning short film documenting the life of the alpine landscape through time-lapse photography. In an effort to highlight the wildness of these mountain places and how they have inspired explorers of the past, present and future, time-lapse sequences were patiently gathered from exposed summits, by glacial lakes, and under aurora-filled skies.



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Monday, 13 July 2015

I Believe in Getting in Hot Water



Heav'n hath no rage like love to hatred turn'd,
Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd.
~ William Congreve #quote

Submission to an implied rebuke #literaryExpression



The graveyards are full of indispensable men. ~ Charles de Gaulle #quote

Never get into fights with ugly people, they have nothing to lose. ~ #OneLiner #BumperSticker

Due to staggering inflation in the 1920's, 4,000,000,000,000,000,000 German marks were worth 1 US dollar. #factoid


Sport is imposing order on what was chaos. ~ Anthony Starr #quote

I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. ~ Ian L. Fleming #quote

Why would a Prime Minister have a sign on his desk which read, "The buck stops here"? #JournalWritingIdeas


An erect, martial, majestic, and imposing personage #literaryExpression

A sort of stolid despairing acquiescence #literaryExpression

Sonny and Cher's first stage name was "Caesar and Cleo". #factoid

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. ~ George Orwell #quote

Life is a terminal disease #bumperstickers

When you were a child, how did you imagine your adult life? How is it similar or different to what you imagined? #JournalWritingIdeas

I intend to live forever - so far so good. #justajoke

Her voice trailed off vaguely #literaryExpression 



One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again. ~ Abraham Maslow quote

Kid:      child, boy, girl, youngster, youth #alternativesToOverusedWords

Once, when your feelings were hurt, what happened? #JournalWritingIdeas

A hot and virulent skirmish #literaryExpression


If your business keeps you so busy that you have no time for anything else, there must be something wrong either with you or with your business. ~ William J. H. Boetcker #quote

Full of majestic tenderness #literaryExpression

Fulsome: abundant, overdone, effusive #ExquisiteAdjectives

You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it. ~ Gilbert Keith Chesterton #quote

Women are made to be loved, not understood. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

Why is your best friend your best friend? #JournalWritingIdeas

What was your favourite family dinner as a child? #JournalWritingIdeas 
Who controls the TV remote control in your family? #JournalWritingIdeas

Seething with suppressed wrath #literaryExpression

Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path to joy. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach #quote

The beginning of wisdom is to desire it. #fortunecookiesayings

All the unknown of the night and of the universe was pressing upon him #literaryExpression
Liquor someone up: To get someone drunk. #ENGidiom

The torture of his love and terror crushed him #literaryExpression

I believe in getting in hot water; it keeps you clean #bumperstickers

Either way her fate was cruel #literaryExpression

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. ~ Dave Barry #quote

The majority of suicides occur on a Monday. #factoid

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. ~ George Bernard Shaw #quote

Her heart was full of speechless sorrow #literaryExpression

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home. ~ Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977