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A WORDLE In ONE! March 6, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness, Word Play.
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Since I started playing WORDLE two months ago, I’ve chosen a different starting word every morning with good results.

But yesterday’s starting word was one for the record books!

While still in bed and half asleep, the word BRINE drifted into my semi-consciousness . . .

Before drifting through the briny deep on my way back to sleep, I thought, OK, I’ll start WORDLE  today with the word BRINE.

An hour later when I got up, I fished around for a moment until the word returned ~ BRINE.

OK.  Sure.  Why not?

But once fully conscious, I considered switching to another word since “B” is not as likely a consonant candidate as “T” or “S.”

Hmm.  Oh, give it a go.

I typed BRINE and pressed “enter,” hoping to see at least few green letters.

Better than that, I saw:

Green . . . Green . . . Green . . . Green . . . Green! 

I grinned from ear to ear as BRINE appeared dressed first to last in GREEN:

Woo Hoo!

A WORDLE in ONE!

Intuition . . . sometimes you just KNOW.

Accept that as the gift that it is.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Do you WORDLE?  Do you start with the same word each morning or let your intuition guide you in the right direction? Any weirdly wonderful WORDLE tales to share?

Like A Box of Chocolates January 21, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Mindfulness, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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IMGP1105bThe titles of magazine articles and blog posts can be misleading.

Titillating titles and teasers may grab our attention without holding it.

Great curb appeal may mask an empty shell:

Inside the vestibule, we encounter a veritable dumping ground of mish mash and pish posh with little rhyme or reason, almost as if the author tossed a bunch of unrelated thoughts into the air and allowed the hodge podge and hoi polloi to descend and settle willy nilly into disordered and discordant chaos and disarray.

Like so much falderal and fiddle dee dee.

If a post leaves me befuddled (because “the point” of the post is M.I.A.), I leave the pointless post, post haste.

Of course, the opposite also occurs.

On occasion, we stumble across a blog title so dumpy or frumpy that we lower our expectations before stepping across the threshold.

Why step inside at all?

Curiosity, perhaps.  Or maybe the slim reed of hope that the dowdy exterior, like an oyster shell, houses a pearl of wisdom.

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Sometimes, despite the gloomy interior heralded on the marquee, intrepid visitors are rewarded.

Instead of finding a warren of empty rooms, we encounter a brilliant flash of light as a veritable palace of jewels and gems opens before us.

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What a delight when valuable insight awaits those who venture past a dingy signpost outside.

For a post with valuable time-saving advice, may I recommend:

Everything Must Be Paid For Twice, by David at Raptitude

Aah . . . that’s better!

“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” ~ Forest Gump

Welcome The Unexpected January 23, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Word Play.
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Be daring.  Be different.

Trust your crazy ideas ~> crazy just might work.

Welcome the unexpected.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

A Few Quick Quips December 3, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Joke, Word Play.
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While “window shopping” from home (i.e., leafing through catalogs), I came across some fun t-shirts, emblazoned with quick quips.

Here’s a few:

1.  “Tomorrow.  A mythical land where everything I need to do is done.”

2.  “EARTH without ART is just EH.”

Yup.  Sometimes a picture is worth a boatload of words!

3. “If the Earth was flat, cats would have pushed everything off it by now.”

4. “My kid reminds me of myself at that age.  Well played, Karma.  Well played.”

Karma = the reason I did not dare to have kids.

5. “Self-Employed.  I’m not talking to myself . . . I’m in a staff meeting.”

6. The One-Star Review 2020 Shirt . . .

7. “People who wonder if the glass if half empty or half full miss the point . . .


“The glass is refillable.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

To purchase these and other delights: Visit ShopPBS.org

You heard me.  Visit ShopPBS.org

 

So Says The Duke . . . Or Not November 15, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Nature, People, Word Play.
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At the Farmer’s Market at Phillippi Estates, we parked next to a car that made us laugh out loud.

Well, not the car exactly, but a quote appliquéd to the window.

Now, I’ll be honest, it didn’t sound like something the Duke would have said, so I checked it out on Snopes.com . . . because Snopes knows!

And, nope, not the Duke:

Well, whoever said it first, it’s got a ring of truth to it.

Aah . . . that’s more like it!

The Triumph of Stupidity September 30, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves and wise people so full of doubts.”
~ Bertrand Russell

Hmm . . . he sounds certain of himself, but did he really say that?

I wasn’t sure so I did a bit of cyber digging to alleviate my doubts.

I found a nugget that suggests that Russell may have said something similar, but different:

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
The Triumph of Stupidity, Mortals and Others: Bertrand Russell’s American Essays, 1931-1935.

Hmm . . . he sounds cocksure about The Triumph of Stupidity, but did he really say that?

And does “the modern world” encompass the years 1931 – 1935?

Who was this guy anyway?  A fool?  A fanatic?  Stupid or Wise?  Cocksure or Uncertain?

To doubt, or not to doubt, that is the question.

Aah . . . that’s better!

That’s Funny! September 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Word Play.
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A 100 watt ultraviolet light bulb.

Wikipedia ~ Black Light (in Public Domain)

Knock Knock jokes . . .

Light bulbs jokes . . .

Whether they seem funny often depends upon whether your sense of humor is screwed in tight or missing a screw.

Q. How many Psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?

Laughing at silly jokes requires that you allow your funny bone to be tickled.

When you have a choice between laughing and taking offense . . . which do you choose?

I choose laughter.

Every time.

* * * * *

Q. How many Psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Only one, but the bulb has to really WANT to change.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

An Offer To Good To Refuse July 18, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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Tippy Gnu has fallen off his rocker.  Not a big surprise, I know.  We knew it was going to happen.  I mean, c’mon, he doesn’t even drink coffee.  What kind of red-blooded American writer doesn’t drink coffee?

Except, you know, when they are drinking alcohol.

But Tippy is not a tippler either.

No coffee.  No alcohol.  Nothing to blur the edges of reality.  So we knew it was just a matter of time before he toppled.

Now that he has, his topple is your Piglipple:

That’s right!  He’s giving away his Pumping up Piglipple book for FREE.

Go grab yours:  FREE BOOKS

Just remember to hold it by the edges and wash your hands thoroughly after you’re done.

Aah . . . that’s one Unique Unicorn!

For Your Next Murder Mystery . . . July 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Nature, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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I don’t know about you, but I appreciate it when Agatha Christie wannabes write outside the box.

Instead of relying on mundane methods of murder to kill off “the surplus population,” creative writers explore alternative murder weapons.

If you are looking for a bit of inspiration for your next murder mystery, Britannica.com has got you covered:

7 of the World’s Deadliest Plants

Step away from that knife.  Put down that gun.  And wander out to the garden.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

“All In” April 27, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People, Word Play.
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Have you been watching James Holzhauer as he wows audiences on Jeopardy?

He’s got a photographic memory AND he’s a professional sports gambler who quick with the clicker ~> a lethal combination, especially when combined with his killer smile!

And he’s fearless!

When he lands on a Double Jeopardy, he calmly pushes it “All In” . . . doubling his score.

After 17 appearances, James has won $1,275,587 and he’s still going strong.

To put his performance in context, Ken Jennings won $2.5 million in regular games back in 2004 ~ but it took him 75 games to get there.

Before James, the single highest one day win totaled $77,000.

James has surpassed that record . . . 8 times!

His highest one day total to date ~ $131,127.

Aah . . . that’s amazing!