Worries of a Lapland Longspur that I imagine while I read about an orange-haired man wreaking havoc. (A 420-character 9-line poem)

Is he wondering where is the endless Arctic Circle Nunavut summer sun
& my dear lady,
or that perfect site I claimed by flying 30’ up, then gliding,
warbling all the way, to the hummock below?
& where did the 100’s of other Lapland Longspurs go
(& how this so ISN’T the Great Plains)
& why am I w/ a hallelujah of Horned Larks (& maybe 2 Snow Buntings?)
methodically plucking seed from a stubble corn field in Ct?
Is he!

-By Patty

caveat: When I find myself perseverating on Trump, rather than doing something to offset one of his actions (write a letter, make a call, speak up when a red-hatter spouts a conspiracy theory, donate to a group that’s suing to stop an action,etc) I switch to focusing on a new topic that puts me smack-dab in the present. Studying up on the Lapland Longspur did it for me today. (But, hmmm, I’ve GOT to find a juxtaposition for this species long hind toe, its “larkspur,”…doesn’t it seem to beg for a 420?)

Keeping track is vital. Our 6-year old notebook-keeping-Bird-watcher is learning this. A 420 character 9-liner.

Keeping track makes the thing matter,

leading to a wide-awake life.

The 2 generations down from me value this Earth

in a way I didn’t as a kid.

Value it in that they learn it & figure out how to care for it.

My grandkids’ parents know they have to be positive & constructive

to ward off intentional trumpian chaos w/ facts not fantasy.

Lots of science, history, nature, marches, writing, letter-writing, & talk.



Keeping track is vital. Our 6-year old notebook-keeping-Bird-watcher is learning this. A 420 character 9-liner.






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