ODD [WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT ‘EM] PHRASES

The following is a collection of common, everyday verbal expressions that have begun to make me wonder at their origins. About how these concise, albeit on-further-thought-incongruous little word-strings were assembled and have come to mean what we now – and for most of our lives – fully, automatically understand and/or read into them. I mean – not that it really matters, but where did this stuff come from? The small of your back           Keep Off                      Keep Out That’s more like it!                  Now, then…                Well, then… Continue reading →

A + B = C

I drove through a small, unfamiliar east Texas town on my way to a book event a couple of months ago. I was unsure of the roads as they twisted and turned, eventually taking me to the outskirts of that rural community. That’s when a local police car pulled in behind me with its lights flashing. I pulled over. I didn’t take off in a high speed chase, because I wasn’t “scared” of the police, and there are no warrants out for my arrest. I Continue reading →

Do you love stationery?

By Sheila Lowe Are you one who loves to shop for clothing? Are you the first to rush through as the doors open for a sale, rummaging in the racks for the best buy? Or maybe you haunt garage sales every weekend, seeking that once-in-a-lifetime find. Not me. Almost since I first learned to write, it’s always been stationary stores that make my eyes light up. Textured writing paper, greeting cards, blank brochure forms, post-it notes, it doesn’t matter. In my office is a cupboard Continue reading →

The Care and Feeding of a Writer Committed to Staying Alive and Reasonably Sane and Happy!

I’ve spoken recently with several writers who are overwhelmed by their struggle to write intensely personal and emotional stories. One has been hit by waves of emotion and fear because he finds himself feeling as if he’s reliving decades-old betrayal perpetrated by those closest to him. The writing has begun to feel like a prison keeping him locked in with ghosts of childhood trauma. Another is so frightened by the possibility of exposure, he has transported his story across time and space and culture—jumping 200 Continue reading →