My Time to Write, but The Cats have The Last Meow!

Words That Make My Heart Go Boom — Part 2

Janice Heck:

Another great collection of quotes from E. Check her blog, A Sign of Life: Seeking forward motion one sign of life at a time.


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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Contrasting Yellow and Blue

Cee’s Photo Challenge: Contrasting Colors

Here’s a yellow and blue cat that I found in a ceramics shop in Hong Kong. I just couldn’t pass him up, and he now sits atop my Chinese red cabinet. See him above in my blog masthead photo?


Another yellow cat! This one is from a peasant painting I purchased in Hong Kong.


A kitty I found in San Gimignano, Italy.

A kitty I found in San Gimignano, Italy.

Yellow butterfly on a butterfly bush

Yellow butterfly on a butterfly bush in my backyard

Cee’s Fun Foto: Town with a Sense of Humor

Cee’s Fun Foto: Contrasting Colors

Ocean City, NJ is a town with a sense of humor. It invited artists to fancy up those dull green, obnoxious, electrical boxes around town. Have a look:


Janice Heck photo. Ocean City, NJ

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Lingering Look at Windows #37: Winterthur, DE, 9/11/14

Photo challenge: Lingering Look at Windows, Week 37

Windows at Winterthur, home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), six miles NW of Wilmington, DE, overlook spacious gardens. The impressive eagle spreads his wings, a fitting tribute to today, September 11, 2014, when our thoughts return to the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City.

Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont house, Winterthur, DE  Janice Heck photo

Henry du Pont’s home of 175 rooms, now a museum, houses extensive exhibits of early American furniture, paintings, textiles, needlework, ceramics, glass, and costumes. Dining room tables, set for company, feature beautiful displays of seasonal flowers and fine china.  On a daily basis, Henry du Pont chose the china settings himself to match the fresh flowers available in the garden. Of course, flowers used in the dining rooms could not be used anywhere else in the house that day. The same was true for the china. It could not be used twice in the same day, so numerous full sets of china had to be available.  A log of number of guests, menus, flowers, and china settings ensured that duplication would not occur.

A walk through this house is a walk through another time and lifestyle. Well worth a visit. The gardens surrounding the house are breathtaking with color and variety. We visited in May, at the height of the season for white, pink, coral, and red azaleas; white, pink, and lavender rhododendrons; and white magnolias. Exquisite beauty.

The current major exhibit at the museum, Costumes of Downton Abbey, runs through January 4, 2015.

Costumes of Downton Abbey Photo credit: Winterthur.

Costumes of Downton Abbey
Photo credit: Winterthur.

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Nurturing Thurs – Another Shot

Janice Heck:

Great advice!

Originally posted on "On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea":


If you have not gotten it right yet —
Take another shot!!
Be kind to yourself:
GET OUT OF YOUR WAY and Continue Clicking!!
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Frequent Contributors to
Nurturing Thursday:

Inside the Mind of Isadora
Tea and Paper
Carol Carlisle
Jacqueline King
Pocket Perspectives
Meg Evans
Hope* the Happy Hugger
Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes

 Welcome our newest participant:
Michelle of Hope* the Happy Hugger


What is Nurturing Thursday, you ask?

In this amazingly competitive society of ours, how many of us truly feel good about ourselves? How often do we extend to ourselves … the same courtesies, considerations, nurturing, forgiveness and understanding we would a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger?

Our culture tells us we need to be special and above average to feel good about ourselves. Yet, it is not possible for all of us to be above…

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Janice Heck:

Never forget.

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Eagle and United States flag

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Wordless Wednesday: Childhood Wonder

Wordless Wednesday

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Cee’s Which Way: Can Turtles Read?

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge


This sign makes me chuckle every time I see it. Can turtles read?

Do they have PDAs (personal digital assistants) in which they record important dates?

How do they know that they should cross the road only between May and August?


Speaking of turtles, have you seen the video of the turtle teasing the cats? You can see it here:



Introducing Kathryn Ross, Performance Storyteller, and her New YouTube Video

Janice Heck:

Meet my friend, Kathryn Ross. If you are a home schooler, you will enjoy her forthcoming book described in this YouTube video.

Originally posted on Janice Heck Writes:

KathrynI count among my friends Kathryn Ross of The Writer’s Reverie.

Kathryn, Performance Storyteller, is passionate about literature, history, and biblical truths, giving performances to both home and public schooled children in the Southern New Jersey area.

Dressed in the clothing style of her time frame, she dramatizes her stories and brings them to life, much to the delight and wonder of her audiences.

Kathryn’s words describe her work:

I’m Kathryn Ross, an Enrichment Artist with a passion to bless and inspire others to a life more abundant and purposeful in all good things and beauty.

I share such treasures through the power of dramatized storytelling, blogging at The Writer’s Reverie, publishing my works through Pageant Wagon Publishing, hosting teatime hospitality retreats, and exploring handcrafted creative arts through Cameo Impressions at Etsy.

My love of God and Biblical values also permeates the original literature and history programming I write and perform for varied audiences as Pageant…

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Serial Commas, Parallel Structure, and Zombies for Hire

Janice Heck:

Zombies teach about parallel structure and serial commas in this post!

Originally posted on Janice Heck Writes:

In Serial Commas and Compulsive Behavior, serial comma (aka Harvard Comma and Oxford Comma) combatants duked it out over correct usage.

On my scoreboard, the serial comma won, hands down. But journalists, Brits, and Aussies don’t all agree with me.

A Bigger Problem: Parallel Structure

But a major underlying issue compounds the serial comma problem: parallel structure.

To be grammatically correct, both serial commas and parallel structure must be right in your writing.

Constance Hale, author of Sin and Syntax: How to Craft wickedly Effective Prose (1999), reminds us of the danger of not books on writing - Hale 001understanding parallel structure and appropriate punctuation:

Some of the most hilarious errors in English result from phrases that aren’t properly tracked. If you don’t know what you’re doing, phrases will deliver you straight to The Danger Zone.

Want to avoid errors with serial commas and parallel structure and keep June Casagrande’s nasty old grammar snobs from picking on your…

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