I am part of the generation that goes Boom! and have now entered the Dot Age.  Although I live amicably with my Wisconsinite husband in a cross-cultural marriage (I’m from Texas), no one will pay me for that. So, for nine months out of the year, I instruct people. The other three months, I practice retirement. I find pleasure in coffee, dark chocolate, writing, drawing, Japanese calligraphy, and the children of my offspring. I would mention dark chocolate again, but that might be redundant, and I’m not sure chocolate goes well with redundancy. It’s wonderful with coffee.

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  1. Hi, I wanted to return the visit and I’m glad I did. I am always surprised when I “meet” people who are writing every day, especially things that I enjoy reading. I can hardly keep up with trying to blog three times a week. I hope you keep up the blogging, because I’m looking forward to seeing what you have to say next.

  2. Glad you came over to meet me! I suspect, given my quick first visit here, that I am in the company of a like-minded (or at our Dot Age, is that like-mindless? 😉 ) woman! I’ll enjoy perusing your blog further, in any event!

  3. You were nice enough to like one of my posts so I thought I would come see you. I am glad I did. What fun reads. They not only made me laugh they also made me think–and I am all about thinking, you know.

    • Thank you for stopping by. Your post written on Wednesday for Thursday about Tuesday (is that right?) had me thinking. Was it written in the afternoon about the evening for the morning?

  4. My dear fellow blogger, I have nominated you, in very good company if I do say so myself, for a Versatile Blogger Award. Now, I know perfectly well that some of you have previously been recognized with this particular honor, and I will not require you to follow the acceptance “rules” to the letter; frankly, on this my third receipt of this very welcome recognition it has taken me a couple of long days just to respond properly, whereas I don’t struggle quite so much to write a fresh post a day under normal circumstances.

    What I would like to suggest to each of you in response to this is that instead of doing the usual, you make a post one day soon that tells us what fed your drive to express yourself in a blog and your personal flexibility and versatility. Was it in your training to try to diversify and strengthen and deepen your skills and interests, were you born curious, or was it serendipitous? Is your family or educational background particularly creative, or were you the unique artistic one in the bunch? I’m interested in our sharing what shapes us as creative beings, and I think this VBA recognition is an appropriate time to take a breath and consider it.

    With my deep admiration!

    The Bard on the Hill
    Not Quite Old
    The Dassler Effect
    Kreativ Kenyerek
    Sweet Caroline’s Cooking
    The Seven Hills Collection
    Patridew’s Perfect World
    Aspire. Motivate. Succeed.
    Nine Lives Studio
    Daily Nibbles
    The Valentine 4: Living Each Day
    A Cup of Tea with this Crazy Nia

    And here’s the link to your award conferral!

    • Hi Kathryn,

      I’m not really sure how to do this Versatile Blogger award. I’ve been mulling it over and looking at other blogs that you nominated to get some ideas. By the way, thank you for directing me to some great blogs.

      Rather than tell seven things and nominate 15 others, am I to write about the what and why of my blogging? Or should I follow the protocol but include your request to share about the desire to create?

      Your perpetually confused blog friend.

      • No worries, I think confusion is the cloud from whence most of my finest ideas emerge. 😉 Choose whatever response you wish! Since I’m conferring this particular honor I took the liberty of offering an alternative for those who have already been-there-done-that or would find it a more interesting challenge to share their raison d’etre. So feel free to do either, neither, both or something you find most exciting!

  5. Thank you very much for subscribing to poemsandponderings so happy to have you join us in this experiment. I know that there will be something, sooner or later that you will enjoy. I’ll keep trying. Thanks again.

  6. I found your blog via skipping stones…and I’m so happy I did! I am like-mindlessness, but so excited about writing. It feeds the soul! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on ‘bonking’. It made me smile this morning

  7. I’m so glad I finally got around to returning the blog visit. I admire your dedication to blogging and your easy breezy style. You had me in tears tonight (in a funny way) when I read your Pink Floyd post! Keep up the great writing!

  8. Thank you for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I am always amazed that anyone likes to read my stuff. I enjoy your blog because it’s down to earth and real. If you served chocolate with your posts, I would propose!

  9. Talk to me...I'm your Mother

    Thanks for following. I have been enjoying your writing. Especially like today’s! (Well, maybe that’s because I have a short memory for the earlier ones:)

  10. Ashley Wright

    Stumbled upon the Freshly Pressed! I LOVE this! I just read one post and decided I have to keep coming back for more. Coffee lover–yes. please. Keep up the good writing!

    • It’s great that you are blogging about your life in Tokyo. I love all things Japanese (okay, most things). Those of us who like puns must stick together and keep repeating: it’s a sign of intelligence, really folks, it’s a sign of intelligence. 🙂

  11. As someone who appreciates a well-turned phrase and ingenious use of language, I enjoy your blog. Whenever I examine a book for possible inclusion in my school libraries, or write a review, if the title under consideration is a literary feast, it wins extra points. I only hope readers appreciate linguistic treasures as much as I do.

  12. I’ve been enjoying your posts since I saw you on freshly pressed, and have shared some of the post with family members. We are a family who likes puns and think they are a high form of humor since they are not slams at any gender, ethnic group, or age group, but an intelligent form of word play. Thanks for the laughs! (My sister moved to Texas a couple of years ago. Do I get extra credit?)

  13. I discovered your blog through a friend’s friend’s friend on Facebook and am enchanted. Unlike Eliza Doolittle, I could never be sick of words, and here, on your beguiling blog, I have stumbled upon a veritable cornucopia. The dark chocolate icing on the cake comes from discovering I’m not the only one who finds schadenfreude – the word that has no remotely adequate equivalent in English – so damnably difficult to pronounce.
    Now that I have discovered this little piece of internet heaven, I am looking forward to many happy hours of brain-enhancing procrastination. I hope that you will do me the honour of visiting me at oldbagblogging.blogspot.com.

  14. Hey Yearstricken!

    Once again, it’s awards time around here, and I am nominating you for the Sunshine Blog Award!

    THE DEETS: Post the .jpg of the award in a post or somewhere on your blog; mention the person(s) who nominated you; answer the following questions; nominate up to 12 other bloggers and let them know they’ve been nominated!

    Favorite Color:
    Favorite Animal:
    Favorite Number:
    Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink:
    Facebook or Twitter:
    My Passion:
    Getting or Giving Presents:
    Favorite Pattern:
    Favorite Day of the Week:
    Favorite Flower:

    • Sofia, this reply is terribly late – how I missed several comments on the About page, I will never know.

      I am (was) honored that you passed on an award to me. I have chosen to no longer participate in blog awards other than to say a big Thank You.

  15. I have a hard time not following clearly made out lists, and this list said to nominate bloggers with a sunshine award, and I immediately thought of you. But I didn’t want to put any blogger award pressure on you, so I wasn’t sure I should really let you know. But I figured, it can’t hurt to say that I really like reading your blog! Thanks for writing such awesome stories. http://absurdlynerdly.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/my-first-ever-blogger-award/

    • Jami, somehow I missed several comments on my About page. I am so honored by the award, but as I mentioned above, I have chosen to no longer participate in blog awards other to say Thank You.

    • Holly, I’m so glad you like that blog. It’s an honor to receive awards but I have chosen not to participate in them. I hope you understand.

      Thank you so much for thinking of me. I appreciate it.

  16. I found you via Kathryn – Kiwi Sparks and have decided to following the meandering path of your stream of thought….Thanks for brightening my day and I’m sure the days of many others…and of course for the lessons you pass along just to keep the brain agile.

  17. I have been following your blog for quite some time now, and finally have come to read “About” you! Better late than never, I suppose.
    As I read your posts, in my mind I hear it is being read by a voice that is familiar, even though we have never met. This morning I finally figured it out. I am imagining that you are Martha Teichner of CBS news. I know I am right! Or, perhaps just delusional…..but better than Martha Stewart, I think. That would just be weird!! 🙂

    • How funny that you hear Martha Teichner’s voice when you read my blog; thank you for not hearing Daffy Duck.

      I have pictures in my mind of what various bloggers look like, and I’m almost one hundred percent sure they don’t look like that. I will not be dissuaded, however; I rather enjoy my delusions.

  18. ys – Before seeing the comment and reply directly above, I mentioned your blog in regard to some blog awards. I know everyone has a different take on these, and I’ve already sort of made a mess of the rules, so if you just want to let it pass, I understand. The point is that I really appreciate what you do here and I thought I would like to share that appreciation with others. Hope that’s okay.

  19. Hello, is the photo with the bird’s nest hair you? I would love to use it in a short doc I am working on about 1960s Detroit music scene. Please let me know ASAP. Thanks!

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