Mama has a stroke loses her English (and speech and right side for a while), scribbles some Descartes in French, and begins a new path. A 420 character 9-line memoir bit

“Je pense donc je suis,” Mama writes
after her 1st stroke robs her of speech & English.
“What the hell?” mutters Dad as we stand gap-jawed around the hospital bed.
She recovers, cuts her waist length milkmaid braid,
& breaks out of the house.
She starts a fabulously successful stroke group,
and evolves back to the Real Miriam (according to Aunt Rosemary)
before 7 Kids & Sumner (Dad).
I wasn’t as scared of this Miriam.




Red squirrel cache reminds me of Mama’s Nonpareils. A Memoir Bit in 420 characters and 9 lines .

Mama cached food. Like a red squirrel she hid it &, when times got tough,

I bet she thought

“oh well when that Sumner & those damn kids are asleep,

at least I’ll have my Nonpareils.”

But, unlike the Red Squirrels

who know survival depends on eating the most nutritious pine cones 1st,

she had self-destructive habits.

Sometimes in the AM I’d see leftover tea & tiny white sprinkles.

I licked them. They were w/out equal.








I read books about words, the ordinary and the obscure.



I can’t resist a Dictionary. Especially this one.

The dictionary goes from aardvark to zozimus. Aardvark makes it in because “every dictionary has to start with aardvark; otherwise it would have to start with aback, which is just too boring.” Zozimus is from The BFG, and is a word for the stuff that dreams are made of.

There’s one-letter words, all-consonant words, all-vowel words. Every book on the list below can give you an edge in Scrabble with your brainy friends. Not to mention a jack-in-the-box moment on every page.

The Wonder of Whiffling
Dutch Dictionary of One-Letter Words
Grandiloquent Dictionary
Aaaugh!: The Foolish Dictionary Online
The Devil’s Food Dictionary
Cavers’ Slang Dictionary
Dictionary of Winds
Double-Tounged Word Wrester
The Alternative Dictionaries
Dictionary of Custom License Plate Terms
Dictionary of Gestures, Signs, and Body Language Cues
The Fictionary of Witty Words
List of Fictional Expletives
Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
WORD SPY: The Word Lover’s Guide to Modern Culture


Whether you’re a word wonk or a “n00b”, Word Spy will make your bones boogie.

Take the word mungy, with a soft, j-like G. I learned this word on Paul McFedries’ website.   It means overcast and damp, like it was yesterday. You know, the kind of weather that provokes grey-sky thinking. And its extreme version, black-sky thinking.

But not today.

It’s definitely a blue-sky thinking day.

On the island….


…and at the coffee shop.


So Readers, this narb‘s for you. Every blog post is a small narrative bit. A narb is anything you post, or is posted about you, on the internet—personal data, status updates, files you upload, blogs, tweets, and party photos ~ all the crumbs and chunks about you that live in cyberspace. All of them add up to your tiny story.


So, leave a digital morsel in the comment section. It’s a phizz-whizzing place to share your narb by word-of-mouse. Pretty wondercrump, isn’t it?

TONI 1/25/18