• Blog,  Words

    Stop using the word “literally”

    I’m not sure why people are obsessed with using the word literally. Maybe it’s because we’ve become a society of dramatics like me, so they feel the need to make sure people they the are being serious. This word is grossly overused and it needs to stop. Now. The correct definition of “literally” is to describe something in a literal sense and without exaggeration. But many people often use the word to do the opposite—add emphasis or describe something in a way that can’t possibly be true. • “I literally died of embarrassment.” • “I’m literally insane with jealousy over her shoes.” • “The puppy was so cute I literally…

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    Review: Kindred

    My latest book club read was the book Kindred by Octavia Butler.  We selected this book because I saw Indy Reads Books shared it on their Facebook page as their February book of the month. I didn’t know much about it, but my book club decided to give it a chance. The whole point of my book club is to read books outside of our norm. The book takes place in 1976 and the main character is a black woman who travels back in time to pre-Civil War times. She’s married to a white man in present time. When she (and eventually her husband) travels back in time, her husband…

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    My 6 Year Old Wants A YouTube Channel

    Any mom with kids of a certain age knows which YouTube channel their child is addicted to most. Fortunately, we have graduated from the videos of the person’s hands opening toys. Those were mind-numbing. I nearly lost my sanity several times enduring those with my daughter. My 6-year-old daughter Caroline now routinely watches Family Fun Pack, Daily Bumps, and CookieSwirlC. The first two videos mentioned are more like little T.V. shows. Caroline knows all of the family members, anecdotes and other information about each of these people. Overall, I don’t mind them. During Christmas, though, they started to grate on my nerves with all of the magical things their Elf on…

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    Sending Real Cards

    Something I used to do frequently was to send or give cards. In high school, I was obsessed with the Hallmark line called “Out of the Blue.” I probably gave one out at least once a week. Sometimes it was to apologize because I had been angry with a friend but most of the time it was because it simply made me happy to give someone something to make them happy. Even back then, oh so many years ago, sending cards was a lost art form. But I intend to bring it back! I’m getting back to basics by reintroducing my favorite pick up me – sending real cards. I began…

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    Podcasting and Ellen’s Views on Success

    Recently I began listening to podcasts because I thought maybe I wanted to do a podcast. I had never listened to one before, so I figured I should check them out. During one episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show (a show I watch on the daily), she had Dax Shepard on giving relationship advice and at the end, shared he also had a podcast called Armchair Expert. Intrigued, I checked it out. Now, let me tell you, these episodes are CRAZY long! Like 2 hours! The first episode I listened to, he talked to his Parenthood wife Joy Bryant. I found her fascinating and I was eager to listen to more podcasts…

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    When to Use “Over”

    A word I frequently see misused is the word “over.” You may be reading this and thinking “this chick has flipped out.” I hope once you see the video you feel like you learned something even if it is just how nutso I am about word usage. 🙂  

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    Review: Iris Apfel Accidental Icon

    Iris Apfel danced into our lives like the breath of fresh air we never knew we needed in 2014. The documentary* followed this woman who, at that time, wasn’t a household name. But she was iconic enough in her own rite to warrant a film crew to follow her. Since then, her name has exploded. Brands are eager to collaborate with her, The Met dedicated an exhibit to her and we mere mortals are simply trying to find the little bit of Iris in our own lives. Her newest book “Iris Apfel Accidental Icon” is everything I hoped it would be and more! It’s a quick, easy read. It’s heavy…

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    Review: I’m Fine … And Other Lies

    So, I’m not sure how or why “I’m Fine … And Other Lies” by Whitney Cummings entered my world, but the bottom line is once I read the title, I immediately knew this book was meant for me. I am somewhat private about my struggle with anxiety and depression, but the title coupled with the cover image of the author – smile plastered on her face with water up to her neck – made me feel frustrated I hadn’t written my autobiography first because this title would be perfect. The book was delightful! It had a perfect mix of hilarious, heart-wrenching and entertaining stories. This book actually took me a…

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    Review: The Mountain Between Us

    The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin was engaging, entertaining and earnest. Did you enjoy the alliteration I did there in the last sentence?! #wordnerd At first, the great detail about how they were surviving and all of the complexities of their altitude was wearing on me. But as the novel continued, I grew to really respect it. I found the ending anti-climactic, but as you may be figuring out, I’m as hard on everyone else as I am myself, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the things I didn’t enjoy, if even for a short time. 🙂 At the end of every novel, I always read the author acknowledgments.…

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    Irregardless Is NOT A Word!

    Let’s start my word witch hunt with the misuse of the word irregardless. This may be the most irksome of the misused words because it’s not a word! Largely because it’s a double negative. However, the most bothersome piece of information resides with its mainstream usage which has landed the word “irregardless” in the dictionary. The so-called word experts are pandering to the masses and apparently feel powerless to stop it. Here’s the video with a bit more information about what you’re doing and why it’s wrong. Irregardless is NOT a Word The Funny Story So, the funny story I agreed to share happened a long time ago when I…

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    Review: The Wife Between Us

    “The Wife Between Us” is a suspense novel tempting you from the moment you pick it up. The cover invites you to “read between the lies.” Immediately, I was hooked. All I could think was “Gah! What is going to happen?!” For months I had anxiously been waiting for this book to come out. Sarah Pekkanen is one of my favorite writers. As a writer myself, I was also intrigued by how she co-wrote “The Wife Between Us” with Greer Hendricks. I will say, early on, the confusion about what was going on started to aggravate me. Mostly because I was determined to figure out what was happening before it was…

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    The Queen of Words

    I’ve been called the Queen of Words and it’s a moniker I’ve adopted with pride. I’m obsessed with words, communication and I’m totally high maintenance. So it’s a perfect fit. 🙂 My new plan (as I’ve done business as the Queen of Words in the past) was to host a podcast. I’m not sure that’s the way it’s going to work out. I’ve also thought about doing short videos and hosting them on a YouTube channel. That may not work out either. I’ll get more into that later. Maybe. As you can see, I’m a creative mess. Basically, I have a lot of ideas, a need for a creative outlet…