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Monday 24 November 2014

T is For

I know it seems TRITE, this TIME of year.  But TODAY, for me, T is for THANKS.

I am THANKFUL for the THINGS that I have, the opportunities, and the challenges.

For the people in my life who TEACH me.  (Some by setting an example for me to follow, and some by showing me what I do NOT want to do.)

It's been a busy, a strange... dare I say it... a TUMULTUOUS year, in our business, and in my life.

I am THANKFUL it happened, and THANKFUL it is almost over.

And of course, all of us here on the ABC Wednesday TEAM are THANKFUL for each of you who join us here each week.

Now, tell us about the T in your life:

Monday 17 November 2014

S is for Happy Birthday?

This blog is managed by a team that consists of a whole bunch of SERIOUS  hardworking people, and then me (SLACKER).

While everyone else does the hard part, I get the fun part.  Every SIX months, I get invited to design a new logo or badge, to represent the next round.

And so I get to let my mind SPIN wild and free and see where it lands.

The next round will be SIXTEEN.  Can you believe it?  This blog has been going on for SEVEN and a half years and is STILL going STRONG!

In honor of the SIXTEENTH round, I wanted to SING a SONG.

I thought maybe this one:

or this one:

But nothing really say's SIXTEEN like this one: 

As a matter of fact, it's hard for me to hear the word "Sixteen" without mentally adding the word "candles" after it.

So it was only natural that this round's badge would have candles.

It was not without a few challenges that I came up with this, at one point Roger and I discussed whether it would be easier to just bake a cake.

But It would have been hard to share a cake with everyone, so I am calling on each of you to bake a cake, eat a piece and start thinking about things that start with S.

There is still time to make a some changes if I need to.

What does everyone think?


Monday 10 November 2014

R is for Rambling

I have this blog called Ramblin' with Roger, which you may have visited. Occasionally people, usually those who don't READ it, will ask what the blog is about, and I usually say, "Whatever is on my mind."

In the dictionary, one definition of the word RAMBLING is: "(of a plant) putting out long shoots and growing over walls or other plants." That's rather what I had in mind when I picked the name, except for the plant part. REACHING out in all directions!

What's the definition in a more linguistic sense? "(Of writing or speech) lengthy and confused or inconsequential. Synonyms: long-winded, verbose, wordy, prolix. " Ouch.

Well, I hope I'm not TOO long-winded in these introductions. Heck, I'm going to quit this one RIGHT now!

Except for an appropriate musical link: LISTEN to Ramblin' Rose by Nat "King" Cole, which reached #1 for five weeks on the Billboard adult contemporary charts in the summer of 1962. It also went to #2 for two weeks on the pop charts, and #7 on the RHYTHM & blues charts.

Monday 3 November 2014

Q for Quinquireme

Cargoes       by John Masefield.

Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophire,

Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,

With a cargo of ivory,

And apes and peacocks,

Sandalwood, cedar wood and sweet white wine.


Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,

Dipping through  the Tropics by the palm-green shores,

With a cargo of diamonds

Emeralds, amethysts,

Topazes and cinnamon  and gold moidores.

Dirty British Coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,

Butting through the Channel in the mid March days,

With a cargo of Tyne coal,

Road-rails, pig-lead,

Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.


An ancient Roman or Greek galley of a kind believed to have three banks of oars.The oars in the top two banks being rowed by pairs of oarsmen and the oars in the bottom bank being rowed by single oarsmen.

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