observations

I’m Going to Leave This Right Here

It has been months since I have added to my blog here. I’ve been spending my blogging time over at The Pragmatic Historian, keeping up with a weekly blogging habit there. While I focus that blog on the uses of history all over society and I can write about a gazillion different topics with that focus, sometimes I run across something that doesn’t quite fit. I have a habit of pointing out odd package labeling…

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Who Knew Cotton Balls Could Be Dangerous?

In the annals of funny packaging that somehow attracts my attention, I’ve got a new observation, this time from a package of cotton balls. Let’s zoom in a bit and look at that “Satisfaction guaranteed” box. “For questions or comments or to report an undesired reaction or side effect, please call ….” Wait, what? What “undesired reaction or side effect” are you expecting cotton balls (that are 100% cotton) to have? Are they going to…

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Speedy Writing Assignment

During the last meeting of our local writers group, we did a speedy writing assignment. This happens when group members run out of things to share. We didn’t have any sort of assignment prepared in advance, so we took the first line of a book one of our members had with her and used that as a writing prompt. The book was The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe and the first line was: “The…

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Can’t Stop Thinking About The Umbrella Academy

A quick thought … Hubby and I have now watched all 10 episodes of The Umbrella Academy, a Netflix series about a family of siblings who have special powers but are highly dysfunctional due to their wicked-cruel father. The production on the show is outstanding, as is the writing. I know this because after every episode, I kept thinking about the show and the open questions it left in my mind. Even with the final…

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Notebooks So Beautiful They Are Stultifying

Hubby and I were at Barnes & Noble the other day. Hubby hangs out in the coffee shop while I peruse the books. During our latest trip, I saw this end cap of beautiful journals. Blank (or blank-ish, as the case may be) journals are always compelling to me, just like adult coloring books. I can’t not pause and wonder at writing in them. But, also like adult coloring books, I always realize that journals…

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