Are You a Bad-Ass Reader?

Are you a Bad-Ass Reader? You are if you can answer the thirty trivia questions below correctly. I had fun putting this list together. Enjoy! You’re on your honor—get a pen and paper and answer to the best of your knowledge. Scroll down the page to find the answers. Don’t cheat and look the answer up.   Questions In J.M. Barrie’s novel, where did the Lost Boys live?  Which famous novel featured Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March?  Who wrote the poem “Paradise Lost?” Name this stringless fictional character created by Carlo Collodi over one hundred years ago. Who wrote the “Harry Potter” series? Name the French novelist and poet, born in 1802, who was exiled to Jersey and who wrote about a hunchback.  Who is Winnie the Pooh’s gloomy donkey friend? What Shakespeare play features a brooding Danish prince and his girlfriend Ophelia? Who wrote The Scarlet Letter? What was the name of the land where Gulliver met the Little People? Who wrote “The Pit and the Pendulum”? In Shakespeare’s “Othello”, who is the female lead? Who pricked her finger on a spinning wheel and slept for 100 years? Name the historical prince whose name was used by Bram […]

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20 Weird Things I’m Grateful For

The last day of November is here. Writers are scribbling words at a furious rate in a final push to win NANOWRIMO. Whether you “finished” or not, congrats to you. Your dedication is inspirational. Cuckoo, but inspirational. Speaking of Cuckoo, all November we hear about gratitude from every direction. Generally, the gratitude expressed is heartfelt and pretty sappy. Not that that’s wrong. I agree that gratitude is the key to happiness. But, we should be grateful for a million little things in our lives. I know I am. I try to express my gratitude every day. Today, I’m sharing 20 weird things that I’m grateful for. Taco Bell’s $1 cravings menu—I know, but sometimes a girl’s gotta have a little something-something. Opposable thumbs—I had a painful bout of a trigger joint in my thumb a few months back. Made me truly appreciate how often an opposable thumb is used in life. The garage door repairman—a broken spring is no joke. This guy came the night before Thanksgiving, was pleasant, and had new springs in place in a jiffy. McGriddles—Sweet and spicy—I could eat these every day and soon I’d look like one. Soft and gooey on the outside and—well, you […]

A Virtual Thanksgiving Meal Road Trip

I started this post thinking I’d give you some statistics about Thanksgiving Day in America. A surprising discovery led me down a different path. I had fun doing the research for this one. Enjoy this virtual Thanksgiving meal road trip. The Statistics The first Thanksgiving was in 1621. 50 pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag tribesmen attended the three-day feast. Today, 28% of Americans will have more than 12 people at the dinner table. The average time preparing Thanksgiving dinner is 7 hours. The average time eating the meal is 16 minutes. Not surprising, I couldn’t find an average time to clean up after the meal. But in the middle of this rather dry research, I came across a bit of fun. These are the American towns or townships you could visit on a virtual Thanksgiving Meal road trip. The Main Dish Turkey Creek, Arizona Turkey city, Texas Turkey town, North Carolina Turkey Creek Village, LA There are Turkey townships in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The Side Dishes Two Cranberry townships in PA (two different counties) Cranberry, West Va Cranberry, MD Cranberry, NC Roll, Az I must say […]