Are You A Supreme Reading Wizard?

They say reading is magical. Do you agree? If you do, do you know your magical reading rank? No? Keep reading. Test your knowledge of bookish vocabulary, then rate yourself and find out if you are a supreme reading wizard. Bookish Vocabulary Hopefully, you’ve not had an encounter with a bilbliokleptomaniac, one who has an uncontrollable impulse to steal books. You are a book lover, so you are probably familiar with the word bibliophile. It’s possible you are bibliocentric (place great or central importance on printed text.) If you are a dealer who specializes in rare or curious books, you are a bibliopole. Do you have a comprehensive knowledge of books and bibliography? Then you are a bibliognost. A bibliomaniac is a person with an extreme preoccupation with collecting books. You may not have read them, but you have to walk around them. Are you a librocubicultarist? It’s not a word, but it should be. They form the word from the Latin words for “book” and “sleeping chamber” so it’s a term for people who read in bed. Or it will be. Someday. If your goal is to be an omnilegent, “reading or having read everything,” you have a very […]

Where Is Your Outrage?

Equality. As one of America’s founding principles, it seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? In definition, it is simple. It is the state or quality of being alike in value. It should also be simple in practice. But often we humans don’t agree on what alike or what value is. For example, there is a national news uproar going on right now about the disappearance and murder of a white woman. And there should be. But she isn’t the only missing and murdered. Where is your outrage for the missing and murdered Native Americans? Do you even know about those women and children? Treat all men alike. Give them the same law. Give them an even chance to live and grow. Chief Joseph (March 3, 1840 – September 21, 1904) Facts About Native Americans The United States Census defines Native Americans as people indigenous to the contiguous United States and Alaska. The U.S recognizes 574 tribes living within the US. Only about half are associated with Indian reservations. They represent 1.6-2% of the total population of the United States.  78% of America’s Native population lives off the reservation. 60% of those live in urban areas. n At least 710 Indigenous people, mostly […]

A Good Deed Brightens Your Day

I was having one of those Very-Bad-No-Good-Days. One of the worst I’d had in a long while. When along came a total stranger and he turned my day and my attitude around. I’m not just saying that. There is science that shows good deeds and volunteer work reduces stress. I hope the story of a good deed brightens your day will do that for you. It may even inspire you to pay-it-forward. The Day Started Cold In August 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was still going strong here in the USA. Because of my husband’s precarious health, we had kept a strict self-quarantine. Those precautions meant we’d both been healthier than we’d been in years. Then came the bad day. It was chilly outside but still August so I didn’t want to turn on the heat. So we layered up. As all the ladies know, 99% of women’s clothing does not have adequate pockets. Certainly not pockets that would hold even an old iPhone. I put on one of my husband’s soft, well-worn flannel shirts. Comfy and warm! And it had a chest pocket deep enough for my phone. I wore it all day. The Trouble Starts Our well-trained dogs followed […]