On Friday, the writing group met after a pack-ice sprawl of a hiatus.  Getting together is a bacchanal for the brain.  And cracklin’ good fun besides.

“Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice very earnestly.

“I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”

“You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter, “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.”

///////////////////////////////////////////////////-Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll


And so it is.



We love to celebrate most anything and Friday was no exception.  We welcomed the Year of the Rabbit, ‘taking more than nothing’ with epic ease.   Like a bite of apricot-raisin bread……



…..and a taste of the future.



We walked the mental gangplank, wrestling with things like blogrolls, spambots, Google rankings and (hitting) the share button.  All spunky cool stuff that we are learning together.  Oh, that Share Button?  It’s Good to Share.  Feel free.



Here. Is. Something. Better. Than. Great.

One of our fortunes came true.

On the spot.

You will receive a surprise in the mail.

And we did!


Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives


From our favorite wizard of word wonkery, Arthur Plotnik, we received advanced copies of his new book coming out in April ~ Better Than Great.  It’s a bobby dazzler of a book, a cut above perfection.  Art fills the pages (pre-order on Amazon) with almost 6,000 alternative terms for praise of every kind.  We are cockahooped over this book.  🙂

Watch for more  posts about Better Than Great and the words (it’s even got gr8t texting superlatives) in it as we read it together. We’ll put your atoms in orbit ~ that’s a promise.



Our time together flies by, and as usual, we never get to everything.  This time, it was the Gene Weingarten essay.

So Next Up: The Armpit of America.  Read along with us in the Washington Post Archives, the essay entitled Why Not the Worst?

You’ll find it here.  Cut and paste the link below into your browser….OH LOOK! UNDER THE LINK IS SOMETHING BETTER THAN GREAT! dyn/content/article/2006/11/28/AR2006112800704.html?nav=emailpage

You can read the essay on our newest page, BOOKS WE WOMEN READ.


Inside each crispy fortune cookie, I also put a Lucky Number.

On the Food We Women Cook page is the rest of the story~

the recipes for the apricot-raisin bread and fortune cookies.

And the fortune? That’s up to you.

Toni 2/5/11