“What greater bliss than to look back on days spent in usefulness, in doing good to those around us.”~Dorothea Dix Dorothea Dix, American nurse and social activist for the indigent mentally ill, was born on this day in 1802.
(C) 2020, JJ ShaunNotebooks detailing the Adaran continent. Twelve or so years ago, I began outlining the antagonists for my unfinished story. I pulled old issues of Dragon magazine off my shelf and pored through the pages. I searched for the “perfect” plot devices for the half-orc twins that were to be the ultimate challenge … Continue reading Worldbuilding, Part VI
Today’s word comes from this week’s news. Follow me on Facebook: @jjshaunauthor. Today’s Word Part of Speech noun Definition Smallness of number.Smallness or insufficiency of number; fewness. History Paucity, which was first recorded in English in the 15th century, comes to us from the Middle English word paucite, and is ultimately derived from "paucus," Latin … Continue reading Wednesday Word for April 1, 2020
(C) 2020, JJ ShaunMy most recent crayon coloring and my box of crayons Today is National Crayon Day. What is a crayon? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “crayon” as “a stick of white or colored chalk or of colored wax used for writing or drawing.” Artists have used one form of crayon or another for millennia. … Continue reading It’s National Crayon Day
“You have to pay attention to the moment and make it the best it can be for you. I've been trying to do that. It's really made a major difference for me. I'm a happier person.”~Tracy Chapman American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman was born on this day in 1964.
Creative words are hard these days. Practically every post or story I try to write morphs into a commentary on the world of today, along with the challenges we are all facing. So, I’ll start there. As I’ve said before, I live in a very rural area. The closest grocery is about 45 minutes away, … Continue reading Finding Normal
“I've been actually really very pleased to see how much awareness was raised around bullying, and how deeply it affects everyone. You know, you don't have to be the loser kid in high school to be bullied. Bullying and being picked on comes in so many different forms.”~Lady Gaga Lady Gaga , American singer, songwriter, … Continue reading Random Quote for March 28, 2020
Today’s word comes from a random word generator. Follow me on Facebook: @jjshaunauthor. Today’s Word Part of Speech adjective Definition Originating in or based on observation or experience.Depending upon experience or observation alone, without using scientific method or theory, especially as in medicine.Provable or verifiable by experience or experiment. History When empirical first appeared as … Continue reading Wednesday Word for March 25, 2020
(C) 2019, JJ ShaunApril, 2019 I spent yesterday trying to think of a topic for today’s post. My blogging process goes something like this. I look at what day of the week it is (keeps me aware of the date, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post), and what I previously posted on that day … Continue reading Staying Sane During Insane Times
“When people say, 'She's got everything', I've got one answer—I haven't had tomorrow.~Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Taylor, British-American actress, humanitarian, and businesswoman, was born on this day in 1932.