Winston Churchill on Writing

“Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy, an amusement.  Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant.  The last phase it that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.” – Winston … Continue reading

“This Fact is Fun! Equinox and Solstice Are Words”

The first day of both autumn and spring is called the equinox. According to the OED, it is derived from a Latin word meaning “equality between day and night.” Its frequency in English literature over the course of the last two centuries is (according to Google Ngram): The first day of both winter and summer … Continue reading

“I’m Sorry, Books, But I Have to Sell You”

It’s crazy, but I feel the need to apologize to inanimate objects. It’s simply a matter of timing, The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I bought you before I had college loans to pay off. Maybe it would have been okay if I read you right on the spot; but I waited too long, and now I … Continue reading

“OMG What Should i Do With All of these Leftover Champagne??”

The first regret most people experience on New Year’s morning is having bought too much champagne. Here are some handy hints to make the best of a bubbly situation: Stage a Photo Shoot: Local newspapers and social websites are always scrambling on New Year’s Day to find pictures of the craziest parties from last night, and … Continue reading