Category Archives: writing

low comma, high drama.



September 24th: National Punctuation Day

* “A celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks,

and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.”

National Punctuation Day gives you the opportunity

to dress up your sentences with all kinds of context and accentuation!

Or, take the day to remind yourself what a semicolon actually does.


‘i’m tired of wasting letters when punctuation will do, period.’

-steve martin


*(i may not be qualified to celebrate this holiday,

as i endlessly abuse this system of grammatical organization.)

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the creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. – ralph waldo emerson


today is the day. 

my blog has grown

from one acorn of one word

into a forest of 1000 posts of all colors.

i am humbled

and thankful

for all of you 

who have taken 

the time 





share ideas

be featured

ask questions


offer your kind thoughts to me.

it has meant all the difference.

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‘you can make anything by writing.’ – c.s. lewis



what’s that little table for, peaches?

it’s where i like to write sometimes.


when it’s quiet in the morning.

can we do it too?

yes, let’s have a writer’s workshop.


right now.


how long can we write?


for as long as you like,

and i hope that you’ll write forever. 

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“you should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.” ― roald dahl


12042841_10153187486406173_2213105574558615294_n“i understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.”
― roald dahl – fantastic mr. fox
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot.Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of acting wing commander. He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and became one of the world’s best-selling authors. He has been referred to as “one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century”. Among his awards for contribution to literature, he received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1983, and Children’s Author of the Year from the British Book Awards in 1990. In 2008 The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.”

“a little magic can take you a long way.”
― roald dahl

credits:,, fantastic mr. fox, charlie and the chocolate factory

laugh ’til your meatballs fall apart.



     Author, Ermine Cnningham, ( known to wordpress bloggers as: Ermigal from ‘odds and ends from ermigal) – has written a wonderful and lively romp, “Pretend You Know What You’re Doing – My Voyage From Teacher to Humor Writer.” In this sweet and funny book, Ermine offers up her tale, a mix of prose and blog posts, chronicling the story of how she grew to be the hilarious and well-rounded, (in a positive Italian way), woman she is today. I was lucky enough to have an early read and am happy to invite you to share in the fun.

Her book is available through and

Laugh ‘Til Your Meatballs Fall Apart (My Amazon review below)

Ermine Cunningham, retired teacher, and now, humor writer, and woman of the world, has written this hilarious book that will keep you laughing from beginning to end. She chronicles her bumpy journey, through trial and error, into the worlds of teaching, corporate working, dating, being part of an Italian family and beginning her own family. Once she has mastered all of these, she finds herself in a completely new role, as a retiree, feeling her way through the world of volunteering, blogging, writer’s workshops, salsa dancing, and all sorts of new things. If you’re looking to laugh and to follow a positive and creative woman on her road trip through life, I highly recommend this book. You will not regret a second spent reading it, and you might even learn something, even if it’s just what not to do.