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Sunday, September 6, 2009
Before I start this weeks blog I want to share this beautiful award that my dear friend Blodeuedd gave me...it's an award that touched me heart. It's a award about friendship...true friendship from the heart. Thank you Blodeuedd. Big Hugs darlin'.
Blodeuedd made me laugh when she said -
"Why friends are like books... ~ We never judge a book by it's cover. (Okay, we do, but only because we love us sum eye candy!! =) ~ Every book is different to each of us, in it's own special way and every book is special to us in every way. ~The variety in our books is the same in our friendship... we are all different, but together, we make up one hell'va a story!!!
~ We know that we can always count on a good book to make us feel better!! We call them keepers! Those are just a few reasons why friends are like books... I am glad that I happened upon you... just like so many of my books...You will forever be on my Keeper Shelf!!! Thank you for being my friend!!"
Hon, you've made me laugh and cry at the same time...and now I'll pass on this award to others just as deserving.
I give this award to:
Lea, no truer friend than she, and with a loyal heart of gold. Dottie, me friend with the biggest heart,and sweetest soul - I adore you darlin' Sia, she's all of the above and more. Cecile, me friend here is the sweetest of sweet. A heart filled with love and trusted friendship...one I know will be forever! xoxx
And then there's my good friend Carol! What would I do without you, hon! You've show me what friendship is all about and you've been there to hold me hand through some rough times. Hugs - big bear ones Christine, Now ya' know I adore you! My friendship with you is a lasting one. I give it to Angie (hugs darlin') a friendship that connected in a quiet way but one that will be a lasting one for sure. I can't forget Judi...a wonderful person and friend that knows I adore her! M.V. and Kelly., me newest friends, but friendships I know will be a great ones. Blodeuedd - me darlin' I have to regift this award to you :-) YOU ARE ME DEAR FRIEND! Ya' may be far away...but our friendship is a keeper indeed! I love ya' all! Thanks for being my friend!
Now - I have to say I enjoyed last weeks blog and I hope this weeks blog isn't a let down, but you all know me mind...it gets to wondering about things...
Did you ever wonder if you’re using the write or is it the right word? Or should I be saying the correct word? What meaning am I really trying to say? Convey? Tell you? Express? Communicate? Do the words I write tell you if I’m angry as I write this or happy?
As a writer, word choice is something I think about all the time. I love words but English, whether American or British, sometimes throw me off. To me, it’s the hardest language in the world to learn or understand. In English, a word can have odd spellings and silent sounds and let’s not mention how many meanings one word can have.
Take the word CRY…I know what came to your mind – To “weep”, but it also means to “Call Out”. As well as to “sell” by calling out (peddlers) on the street, also called Hawking…which also means a bird of pray, or to carry goods about for selling, or to clear your throat loudly…Hawk is also a flat board like thing that holds plaster…then there are HAWKERS, one who sells and one who hunts with Hawks…See what I mean?
But back to the word CRY - It also means to “Beg” and it means “the noise or call of an animal” or it could mean the “Call to action” or “public voice”.
Are you dizzy yet? I’m feeling tipsy. LOL
Not you, well o.k., then let’s look at meanings and spellings.
Is it Reeking Havoc or Wreaking Havoc? The correct word is Wreaking Havoc.
Here’s a good one; Regime, Regimen, Regiment? They’re all right but they mean different things… Regime = Usually meaning an authoritarian government. Regimen = Usually as a therapeutic diet or exercise. Regiment = Refers to a large group of people, usually military.
Lightening and Lightning; I see writers get this one wrong all the time. Lightening = meaning, lightening the mood, or, lightening the workload. Lightning = lightning strikes, lightning rods, lightening bolts.
How about; Lessen of Lesson? Spelled different but sound the same, and their meaning aren’t even close. Confusing, no? Lessen = to become smaller, diminish. Lesson = to learn
Is it Linage or Lineage? Linage = number of lines in a newspaper ad. Lineage = your ancestry
What about Overweening and Overwhelming? Overweening = means big ego, conceited, pretentious. Overwhelming = something very powerful affecting you. It’s so powerful it’s overwhelming you.
I’ve got another one, Reknown and Renown? Renown = fame, known. Reknown is not even a word.
How about Recur and Reoccur? Am I tricking you? No, both words are used but Recur is preferred.
How about Incidentally and Incidently? Incidentally means by chance, not on purpose. Incidently = Ha ha! I gotcha again! This is not a word, but a lot of people spell it like this.
O.k., my final word. Which is correct? Fiance or Fiancee? They’re both correct BUT Fiance is used when a man is engaged to be married and Fiancee is used for a woman who is soon to be wed. It’s kind of like the word BLOND and BLONDE … Blond used for a man or boy. Blonde refers to a woman or girl.
Oh and don't get me started on Passed or Past... }:-/
Crazy isn’t it? So, what are you’re hang up words?
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten.
On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom. When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.
Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?'
She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'
They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'
'No,' she said.
'Maybe it's our behavior.'
She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'
And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.
By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms. Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room. The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom.
Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to show you.'
At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.
Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'
By the way, this is a true story. And this teacher was awarded Teacher of the Year for the state of Arkansas in 2006.
Please consider telling others about this message...tell them to come here to read and ponder then pass along, so none of us will ever forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by U. S. Veterans.
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