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Dabbling into the World of an Author

My post last week dabbled into the world of being an author.  I suppose that is proper since I am an author.

Now, this week I intend to dabble, once again in author mode, to bringing out connections to words that should not be.

For instance, why do we take a word that ends in l-e-t, such as Chevrolet, and pronounce it as though it was spelled, Chevrolay?

Another miss-que that chaps my shorts are words like, “minute” to denote sixty seconds or “minute” to describe something very small. While we’re on the subject let’s expose a few more homographs. How about “lead,” as to lead others down a trail or “lead,” a piece of heavy toxic metal. Then, again, we have “bass,” a fresh water fish, and “bass,” a musical instrument.

Here is another conundrum. A great number of our words have their origin in Latin. There is a contingency of people who speak fluent Latin. I’ve always heard that Latin is a dead language. I don’t know about you, but I think not.

And we mustn’t forget our fine friend phonics or as I would be remiss to say “fonics,” in staying with the very foundation of applying fonics.

Allow me to show you what a change our friend has made in my life by offering a short sentence.

Hoked on fonics, it werked for me!

Even though I covered this in my last post I feel as though I should relive the idiom one last time. Although I guess we can cross that bridge when we get to it.

Enjoy your week and may God bless you and yours richly!

 

 

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As an Author, I Can’t Help But Dabble in the Art of a Wordsmith

As an author, I can’t help but dabble in the art of a wordsmith. At the very least, from the pure nature of the work, I will increase my vocabulary; at most, I can use the “add to dictionary” function to manufacture words at my own discretion.

Of course, words are necessary if one desires to write, which throws us headlong into another conundrum. If you are born and bred in the United States of America, you have no trouble stating and comprehending American style English. If you hale from outside this great country, then Katie-bar-the-door, “cause you in a world of hurt.”

Problematic becomes the word of the day as a nasty little term known as an idiom comes into play. Everything from “go jump in a lake,” to “don’t beat around the bush,” is used to make a totally unrelated point. “Cut me some slack,” and “pull a rabbit out of a hat,” are two more favorites. Now, we mustn’t forget the idiom of idioms, “By the skin of your teeth.” That one will leave a crinkle in the ole’ brain box.

All in all, we find a way to communicate. I recall sitting in the Las Vegas airport talking with a man from France. Our conversation was unique, to say the least, as neither one of us spoke the other’s language.

Another example of our wonderful creator’s sense of humor.

Have a fantastic week and don’t forget to smile . . . you may change someone’s day for the better.

 

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My Virtual Piece of Paper

Normally, I sit in front of my virtual piece of paper each day of the week and pen stories bringing a plethora of creatures to life. It would only be proper to invite these underlings to live in a world as unique as them. This, of course, requires more work on my part as I have to design a habitat to house these various beings.

Then, a thought crosses my mind. Not just any thought, but a thought of great importance. A thought that is capable of changing the world, albeit on a small scale, but a change none-the-less. What is that thought . . . fried chicken!

I can see it now, or moreover taste, that golden crust with an unbelievable crunch, followed by the soft tender meat exuding juice with each bite. Can you think of another form of nutrition that is portable, delectable, and perfectly proper for any meal?

Fried chicken is one of the foods that few people can cook, but most fast food restaurants or grocery stores can turn out perfectly every time.

In short, do yourself a favor. Eat more fried chicken.

Have the best week you’ve ever had and take time to talk with the God that gave it all for you and me!

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I Had a Bit of Minor Surgery Recently

I had a bit of minor surgery recently. I’ve been in operating rooms before; however, I had limited time to visualize my surroundings due to anesthesia escorting me to la-la land.

This time, I went under the knife with pain control provided by a local. Having no problem with needles, the area being sliced numbed in short order. Allow me to say, the various banks of surgical lights hanging from the ceiling, along with other pieces of  equipment, were impressive, to say the least.

Since operating rooms must be kept cold and my body does not regulate its internal temperature correctly, they had to come up with a way to keep me from getting too cold. Therefore, they fashioned a temperature-regulating area over me that also added to my comfort by covering me with a tarp and introducing warm air underneath.

The surgeon relayed details concerning the procedure and then asked about my favorite music. I gladly informed him that hard rock, especially the band, Rush, was my normal listening pleasure.

I spent my time in the surgical suite, rocking with three of the most talented musicians in the rock genre, along with a neurosurgeon, resident, nurses, and various other medical personnel. I’m fortunate to live near a city with a world class hospital and nationally recognized surgeons. Needless to say, my procedure went well, and I rather enjoyed my time in surgery. Of course, this experience fits me to a ‘T’ as I enjoy going to the dentist.

Have a wonderful week and may God richly bless you and keep you and yours.

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I Have Always Enjoyed a Good Dose of Hard Rock and Roll

I have always enjoyed a good dose of hard rock and roll. Being too young to grasp hold of bands like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, etc. my first true love in the world of rock was Rush. They were a three-man powerhouse from Canada  I enjoyed seeing them in concert until their retirement after 41 years, then came the final blow following the death of their drummer, Neil Peart, in 2020.

I have seen different methods used to transport music from device to ear.

Thankfully, I was on the tail end of the eight-track craze. It never made sense having a tape in a case that rubbed against itself as it played.

After eight-tracks came cassettes. Talk about a compact way to haul and convey your preferred tunes, these devices just couldn’t be beat.

I’ve left out one very important way to enjoy music from yesteryear, the vinyl disc. That good ole standby, like a certain bunny we know, keeps going and going and going, and are in vogue.

Of course, there are the latest devices of technology like CDs, which last no longer than vinyl discs meaning about 100 years or more.

I guess as long as we are able to enjoy our music favorites, the device we use to complete this task is immaterial.

I had dreams of becoming a rock star in my younger years. Here is the URL to my last stint in a recording studio. I wrote theses two songs and performed the vocals and guitar work. Unknown to me at the time, the drummer became my brother in-law. The bassist was a close friend, who played with me for years going on to bigger and better things. He performed the backup vocals for the song, Street Legal.

 

https://youtu.be/RxTHMa6Jp_A

 

If you’re skiddish about clicking on ready-made pathways, search Youtube for “The Steigleder Project 1983.”

God bless you and keep you during the coming week.

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“Pizza,” According to Lynn Steigleder

There’s one food on which the majority of people in the United States seem to agree–pizza. I suppose, cheese or pepperoni would be the favorite topping nationwide. As far as I’m concerned, I could go with these toppings, but they are not what would fall into the category of pizza according to Lynn Steigleder.

The first pizza on which I remember dining was one assembled by my father from a box. The Chef Boyardee cheese pizza was complete with a flour and yeast mixture for the crust, tomato sauce, and cheese to sprinkle on top.

I realize, based on current standards, this does not sound like the most appetizing dish; however, add a pound of sausage and you have my number-one comfort food which I still enjoy with my son to this day.

When it comes to my favorite pizza toppings, I must go with a combination, as most pizzerias have a pie topped with multiple ingredients. I also find pepperoni, green peppers, and bacon to be a delicious blend of fixings.

I’m the one in every crowd who enjoys anchovies. I’ve gone so far as to order these tasty little fish a la carte to place on my slices when dining with others in a restaurant setting. On one such outing, pairing these salty fillets with my love for heat, I ordered a small anchovy and jalapeno pizza, not having to worry with anyone asking for a piece of this concoction. Just as most things go, there is a wide variety of ingredients and a large percentage of people who choose within this realm of variation.

No matter your favorite, eat and enjoy.

Have a wonderful week and may God bless you richly.

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It’s Amazing, the Things We Recall That Happened in Our Yesteryears.

It’s amazing, the things we recall that happened in our yesteryears. Many thoughts of childhood for me  tend to center around food. Having a grandmother that grew up on the coast of North Carolina was a large influence in my life. She could cook country food, and I mean anything from fried chicken to black eyed peas & cornbread, beans, greens and everything in between. I don’t believe I could pen a better meal in one of my novels than my grandmother could produce on her stove.

When it came to seafood, she was adept at preparing shrimp, fish, crabs, oysters, clams, soft-shelled crabs and a multitude of aquatic fare. Her family earned a living off of the sea and we could count on the freshest of seafood along with the pinnacle of preparation.  

My dad introduced me to good cuts of steak; the ribeye being his favorite and lobster, thankfully, another of his specialties, and you would not believe how much of a difference cutting your own potatoes for french fries makes.

To think, this post originated from the thought of two apple trees I remembered from my childhood. They were no more than fifty feet apart. One was a golden delicious which ripened in late May. It was a tasty way to start off the summer.

The second tree was a red apple; I’m not sure of the species. It would ripen in September and its fruit would rival any apple flesh that ever passed these two lips.

To say the least I had a wonderful childhood in many ways, including dining fare.

Have a great week, May God bless you and keep you, and don’t be afraid to try something different in your diet!

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As an Author I Hold the Fate of Many Worlds

Being an author is something that gives me a great deal of enjoyment. As an author, I hold the fate of many worlds and even more, character’s, in my hands. I can allow them to live or sentence them to die. I’ve always found it amazing that such emotion can be felt for a character that exists only in the mind of the reader; however, it is my duty to bring that emotion to the surface, so that I pull the reader into the story. In this way, the reader is vested in the story line and if I do my job, participates throughout the entire novel.

Talk about a non-sequitur segue, I believe this takes the cake, pie, cookie and anything else you can imagine, but here goes.

NASA has big plans to farm in outer space. I think my reasoning for jumping to this subject is my love for science fiction. After all, it is the main genre in which I write, though now it appears raising crops in zero gravity is no longer fiction. I guess my question is why spend time piddling with a small amount of vegetation for food in space when we have such a desperate need for food that can be grown now on the earth’s surface?

Don’t misunderstand my comments as I am a huge fan of space exploration, and I am sure space farming will be a viable option someday; however, let’s not put the cart before the horse as we often do.

Have a great week and may God richly bless you and yours!

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Delving into the World of Organic Produce

For years now, we’ve been hearing the term organic when it comes to our food. I’ll have to admit when I see something labeled organic, all it tells me is that the particular item is going to cost more. Delving into the world of organic produce should shed a little light on this well-known, yet mysterious word, often used in our daily lives.

What does organic mean? Organic food is grown using unconventional pesticides and natural fertilizers.

People, who nosh on organic food, tend to consume fewer pesticides and antibiotics, but nutritionally, an organic diet as opposed to a diet grown the traditional way are about the same.

Pesticides and herbicides are used in organic farming; however, they simply use what the USDA approves. Inserting my two cents worth, I’m not overly impressed with government approval of anything; however, you can trust food labeled organic. Now if we evaluate the post you just mentally consumed, the term organic probably means about the same things it did when you began reading. Such is the ways of federal advertising.

I myself would tend to lean toward organic foods, and to take it one step further the natural label means very little of anything.

Have a great week and may God bless!

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I Normally Write in the Science Fiction/Fantasy Genre

Even though I normally write in the science fiction/fantasy genre, I have one book that dabbles in time travel. It opens a completely new world, in fact, it opens an infinite number of worlds, each with a vast amount of situations; a number so high, it boggles the mind.

Have you ever known someone who commented about returning to the days of the old west enamored with the romantic side of life at that time, moreover, the way television portrays life in the 19th century?

Take for instance, something as simple as a toothache. Today,an antibiotic would clear up an abscess. If the tooth required extracting, an injection of lidocaine would numb the area allowing the tooth’s painless removal. After a day or so of recovery, the patient could return to a normal lifestyle.

By contrast, 150 years ago liquor was the anesthetic. The dentist, who may sideline as a blacksmith or barber, along with several burly assistants, restrained the patient in the chair. Industrial type instruments were used for extractions.

Simple things, such as a urinary tract infections, an ingrown toenail, or even an ear infection that can be eliminated today with a course of antibiotics, could prove fatal not so many years ago.

Got an inkling to live in a past century? Doesn’t really matter unless someone pulls time travel out of their hat.

Hopefully, just a little something to give your Monday a chuckle. Have a great week . . . on second thought have a better week than that . . . and to take it one further have a wonderful Fourth of July.

May God richly bless and keep you!

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