“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all,” says Emily Dickinson. I felt like I was perching in the heart of my family the other day which reminded me of Cardinals and Crazy Heart. (a 420 character 9-line poem)

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“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all,” says Emily Dickinson. I felt like I was perching in the heart of my family the other day which reminded me of Cardinals and Crazy Heart. (a 420 character 9-line poem)

To keep ahold on you all, I perch like a Cardinal.

She presses down on her heels to get the belly feathers to cover her legs,

an action which tightens the flexor tendons.

She tucks one leg up for warmth,

& this gives more weight to the other

& forces her toes to curl around the twig,

thus locking the tendon & the pose for the night.

I, too, hug in, weighting my attention as I perch amongst you all.

To keep ahold.

PATTY

 

First, Crazy Heart and Jeff Bridges:

I been loved and I’ve been alone

All my life I’ve been a rolling stone

Done everything that a man can do
Everything to get a hold on you

Done everything that a man can do
Everything to get a hold on you

I’ve been blessed and I’ve been cursed
All my lies have been unrehearsed
A wall of fire that I walked through
Only trying to get a hold on you

A wall of fire that I walked through
Only trying to get a hold on you

I saw you waiting at the gate
But I arrived a moment late
I saw you shed a single tear
But still I can’t get there from here

I’ve been high and I’ve been low
I’ve been people that I don’t know
Been to China and Old Peru
Only trying to get a hold on you

I’ve been to China and to Peru
I’m only trying to get a hold on you
Only trying to get a hold on you

Next Hope and Feathers and Emily:

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
And some Cardinals:
 http://youtu.be/1IjXevlSfL8

 

2014 IS SO LAST YEAR

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It’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it? 2014 is old news.  But who doesn’t like to recall sweet spots gone by?

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Enter: The WordPress.com helper-monkeys.  They compiled a 2014 annual stats report for WWWW. wordpress-love-500x492

Wow. Let’s just say, it’s got glanceability. It put my head in a swivel.

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It makes this giglet want to go skoppoloiting across a stage and collect some hoity-toity award. (That’s Old English-speak for a giddy girl who is inclined to frolic and romp at a curious gathering, er, awards ceremony.)

Here’s an excerpt from the WP report:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report. ShabbyBlogsAwesomeButton

You’ve heard about the 90-9-1 rule.

Or maybe you haven’t.

It goes like this: 90% of blog readers never make a comment, 9% comment now and then, and 1% comment regularly. That big white empty comment box can be fiercely intimidating for many of us.

 

But not for Michelle, Ronnie, Sayra, Mary, Patricia S, Chgojohn, Morgan, Sue K, Grace, Sylvia, CindyPRN, Tina, Terri, pscapp, Ray, lvcaron, Nancy, and Art (miss you, hope you’re busy writing me a new book). This bunch always adds fresh ideas to the conversation, says something original, and leads us in a millioni directions. Stand up and take a bow.

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Thank you, all you waggish commenters ~ you are, to cut to the chase, pure honey. You’re the sweet spots that made 2014 mouth-gapingly awesome.

Thanks for the memories.

Oh, and that big white empty box?

 It’s for you, Friends.  

 

Toni 12/30/14  

NEW WORDS. NEW TUNES. THEY’RE EVERYWHERE. AND THEY’RE ADDICTIVE.

Like Erin McKean, I’d love to meet some of the pioneering women of the past ~ Sophie Germain, a mathematician at the time of the French Revolution, Trota of Salerno, who practiced medicine in the 13th century, or Maria Mitchell, the first American woman to discover a comet.

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Actually, I’d really really like to meet Erin McKean.

 

“A good definition is like a good poem: beautiful and worthwhile in itself.”

 

In my book, Erin McKean is a lexistar. This innovative dictionary evangelist searches high and low — from books to blogs, newspapers to cocktail parties — for new words, new meanings for old words, or signs that old words have fallen out of use.

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Word maven McKean launched Wordnik, an online dictionary dedicated to the very spine of our language. Wordnik houses all the traditionally accepted words and definitions, but also asks us (yes, you and me, and no one is looking down their pince-nez at us either) to contribute new words and new uses for old words. It’s an interactive word-lover’s paradise.

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So, go ahead….make up new words.  Here’s how.

It’s the holidays, we’re all in overdrive, so grab an egg’n’grog,  and a holiday tune ~ now that’s what I call Happy Hour.  

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I admit it, I’m such a Chaser*.  

* a stonking-huge fan of the male a cappella group, Straight No Chaser

Toni 12/28/14