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Blogging at on The Cords That Bind
This isn't a blog about that kind of ties that binds us. Hmm! Instead, it addresses one of those little things in life that doesn't matter at all but is very persistently annoying. Electrical cords.

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So there I was, minding my own business and watching Jeopardy on TV. Alex Trebek was talking to a perfectly normal looking young contestant, when the woman says … she's a Synesthete.

OMG! No, wait! I mentally ask, as does most of the audience, "What's a Synesthete?" 

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ANAGRAM: Debit card = Bad Credit
ENDANGERED WORDS FOR THE WEEK ● foveate ● coetaneous ● trietericr
QUOTE(S): March is Women's History Month - Quotes from Kick-Ass Women
●“When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.” ― Edna O'Brien
BLOG: Och! Did you know Saint Patrick wasn't Irish?

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March 10 (today) is International Bagpipe Day. Do you know who invented the bagpipes? Catch my blog today on

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ANAGRAM FOR THE WEEK - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark = Uncontroversial re-marketed hash!" (Griff Phillips, 1995)

● tetnit = child born to parents who are relatively old.
● flibbertigibbet = the restlessly airy and giddy type of girl or woman who is always chattering and gossiping.

March is Women's History Month - Quotes from Kick-Ass Women
●"Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time."__Maya Angelou
●“I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that’s ever happened to me has taught me compassion.”__Ellen DeGeneres
●“Dying seems less sad than having lived too little.”__Gloria Steinem

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The Great British Weather = Harsh, bitter, wet heritage.
(Wendy A. Keen, 1995)

Quote For the week
“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The Sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus” ― Alexander Graham Bell

Endangered Words
● misoxene = someone who hates or avoids strangers (zenophobe).
● omophagist = an eater of raw meat.
● rubescent = blushing
● hiant = gaping

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January 27 is Thomas Crapper Day
No! Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Crapper did not invent the flush toilet. That was John Harington in 1596.
Thomas Crapper (born in Yorkshire England in 1836) was a plumber. He founded a company which manufactured bathroom fittings, including toilets, during the Victorian era. In those days, one didn't discuss toilets or bathrooms in polite company and thus there wasn't much standardization of plumbing accoutrements or attention to aesthetics in the industry. He changed that by being outspoken on sanitation issues and made it fashionable to have a good looking and functioning bathroom.


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I'm posting every Friday on my website httP://
Today is Friday the 13th and my blog is "Do You Have Paraskavedekatriaphobia Or Triskaidekaphobia?"

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Sexual Reassignment Surgery = Man returns as sexy girl. eg. 'Sue'.
__ (Larry Brash, 1998)

Quote for the Week
"One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.” —Lawrence Block, Writers Digest June 1981

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I'm blogging today on World Building today.
It's as important for a writer to build a world in their contemporary novel as it is for sci fi or fantasy. There are two pictures below. One is a real place, the other is a fantasy world by Jessica Renke of Valkyrie Art. Which one is real? Do you know where it is located?
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