Words, Words, Words

“Flea” Market

July 2, 2024 | 0 Comments

Did you ever wonder why flea markets use the word “flea”? Do I want to buy something that is filled with fleas? Apparently, the answer is . . . YES! According to Britannica.com, the most common belief about the origin of the phrase does, indeed, come from those annoying pests. So, the next time you…

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Clever “Gadgets”

June 4, 2024 | 8 Comments

In the past few months, as I walked around the neighborhoods near mine, I have seen some amazingly clever “gadgets.” Before I describe those inventions, I decided to research the word, “gadget.” I thought it was just a word for things that are hard to describe. But there’s more to this word. Dictionary.com says a…

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My AI Experiment

May 7, 2024 | 6 Comments

Very interesting! Considering how careless I have been using the latest technology, as I described in my last post about accessing QR codes, I was hesitant to try an AI program. But recently, my new lawn service company sent me an invoice using a .pdf format. When I opened it, I noticed that my updated…

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Don’t Be Fooled! QR Codes

April 2, 2024 | 5 Comments

I worked for over 30 years in the title insurance industry, working with real estate closings and insuring those closings. Our industry has always been aware of in-person fraud (read “Who Are You?” and “When Did I Sell My House” – the 2nd and 3rd “Title World Tales” stories – available now on Amazon at…

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Spelling Sounds

March 5, 2024 | 8 Comments

In honor of March being National Literacy Month, I decided to talk about how to spell sounds that are not really words. I learned how to spell sounds from reading comic strips. Crossword puzzles use these sound-spellings, too, so I started a collection. I am not sure about a lot of these spellings – what…

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What Is Your “Helping Others” Passion?

February 6, 2024 | 17 Comments

February is a month many people associate with love and passion, so I decided to talk about how we show love to others – with words and actions. A few weeks ago, I was honored to be selected as a local TV station’s “everyday hero” on behalf of the Adult Literacy League (see the 1-minute…

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January 2, 2024 | 6 Comments

No, this isn’t a discussion of how old we are, although a new year might prompt that feeling. Instead, it’s a discussion of “age” as a suffix. Here is how I started thinking about these letters. While walking through several neighborhoods from October through December, it occurred to me that people sure do have a…

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December 5, 2023 | 11 Comments

‘Tis the season for greetings. A very happy holiday season to all of you! But . . . talk to me about this greeting that has me VERY confused 🤔. When I am on my morning walk, a person who is passing me, usually coming towards me, might, in order of energy: (1) nod, (2)…

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“Wine Speak” for the Holidays

November 7, 2023 | 3 Comments

Hello, holiday season. A friend of mine who works for a California winery provided this month’s blog post. Thank you, Rob! “Harvest is in full swing in California Wine Country.  Most folks don’t realize, Harvest begins in August of each Year!  This is when Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are harvested at lower Brix (sugar level)…

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It’s HOT!

September 5, 2023 | 9 Comments

Interesting that the word “hot” has many positive meanings: “trendy,” as in the latest, greatest fashion or places to go; positive personal looks, as in “you look hot;” and being passionate, enthusiastic, or eager, as in being hot to do something. It also has a negative connotation to mean that someone is upset or angry…

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