Weekly Writing Challenge: John Lennon’s (Just Like) Starting Over

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge topic is “Starting Over”. The term “Starting Over” always brings to my mind the song by John Lennon (Just Like) Starting Over.  It was released as a single on 24 October 1980 and reached number one in both the USA and UK two weeks after he was murdered. Many people have pointedContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: John Lennon’s (Just Like) Starting Over”

Weekly Writing Challenge: Google Maps for the homebody and a Big Bang Theory explanation

For this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge the topic is Map it Out. When we think of Google Maps or Google Earth it often invokes images of exotic places or foreign countries. But as a proud homebody the Google Earth application provides a pretty picture of my residences since birth. As the map below illustrates, I’ve not strayedContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: Google Maps for the homebody and a Big Bang Theory explanation”

Weekly Writing Challenge: Rap It Up

This week the Weekly Writing Challenge topic is Wrap It Up. Wait a minute … wrap it up? I thought it was Rap It Up! In this famous rap André 3000 laments the attempt by some to relieve you of your money: Where there is cheese there are rats, Where there are rats there are cats, WhereContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: Rap It Up”

Weekly Writing Challenge: With political cartoons less is more; Marshall McLuhan and Twitter

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge posed the question: Are animated GIFs the stuff of junior high-school hijinks or, are they the political cartoons of the new millennium? What do you think? The simple answer is: they could be. For me the key to a great editorial cartoon is simplicity; if the reader has to siftContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: With political cartoons less is more; Marshall McLuhan and Twitter”

WordPress.com: Have I been deemed a blogguard?

I’m having a WordPress.com problem; I am posting about it because all other attempts to solve it have been met with almost Kafkaesque wackiness! Blackguard: a:a rude or unscrupulous person b: a person who uses foul or abusive language — black·guard·ism noun — black·guard·ly adjective or adverb                                         – Merriam-Webster Blogguard a:a rude or unscrupulousContinue reading “WordPress.com: Have I been deemed a blogguard?”

Weekly Writing Challenge and hot dogs

“I wish I were” … hmmm…why does that short phrase keep tickling something in the back of my mind? This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge has had me asking myself some questions. What is it about those four short words that triggers a plethora of childhood memories? Where does it say that quartet will give meContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge and hot dogs”

Children should be seen and not hurt

This week’s writing challenge poses the thorny question of children in “adult-oriented” places. First we have to accept that a group consisting of everyone under the age of 18 is a pretty large cohort and where a seventeen year old might fit right in; a baby may be less welcome. There are certainly places whereContinue reading “Children should be seen and not hurt”