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by Barbara Wood last modified Nov 21, 2018 16:31

I was at the nail salon yesterday - I wasn't getting a manicure or pedicure as I'm extremely fidgety and ticklish. I met one of my friends there at the end of her pedicure. As I took a seat and waited, I couldn't help but hear some of the conversations that were swirling around the small salon. The chatter was mainly centered around Thanksgiving. The salon was packed. All the ladies (and two gentlemen) were getting ready for the big day. The manicurists were not native to America. I'm going to take guess at this, but I suspect, Vietnam. I wondered what their Thanksgiving table looked like - did it incorporate American traditional fare? Was it infused with delicious dishes from their country?

One customer caught my attention: an elderly woman. She looked maybe 80+. She was beautifully dressed in black and cream, with jewelry to match. Very elegant. The manicurist asked her if her family was going to join her for Thanksgiving. The lady said, "No, they're all gone". The manicurist, whose face I couldn't see must have looked confused, because the woman continued, "My children are not here, they are dead!

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Books Vs T.V.

by Barbara Wood last modified Nov 19, 2018 11:42

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." -- Groucho Marx

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Words Are Fun!

by Barbara Wood last modified Nov 08, 2018 07:41

I was reading a story last night and a character referred to “cambozola.” Having no idea what it was, I looked it up. Apparently it is a German cheese similar to camembert and gorgonzola, and so its name derived from parts of those two words. In my search for the meaning of cambozola, I was directed to other words that came from putting other words together. I had had no idea, for instance, that “moped” – the little scooter with pedals – is a word invented in Sweden in the 1950’s, a combination of “motor” and “pedal.” Another pleasant find was “hassle” (an irritating inconvenience). The word came from putting together “haggle” and “tussle.” Words are great fun, there are so many things you can do with them. Best of all, you can invent new words from old words when you need a way to express an emotion or event or object for which there is not yet a word. I’m going to get to work on that. When I come up with new words, I’ll let you know!

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