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Twittering Tales #59 – 21 November 2017

is a project from the awesomely prolific Kat Myrman. This week’s photo prompt

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Hands by Pexels at Pixabay.com

led me to write the following within the new limits of 280 characters.

Old together but the sound is still sweet. Lady Clairol matches hair to your black keys.  New teeth match your white keys. Couldn’t do much about the hands but it’s the sound that’s important. The sound is as ever. Piano rolls never go out of style.

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Daily Prompt:  Egg

A poem in praise of the egg!
Eggs are cool because they take little to no preparation. A delight for the cooking challenged (such as myself). Drop them in boiling water for not too long and I have portable snacks. Think of the pioneers of old who, according to folklore, carried around something called beef jerky, some form of meat that delighted dentists and other tooth repair technicians.
Cooked or uncooked, eggs have been a staple employed in causes related to social and political dissent. Unfortunate. For this, I follow my parents’ advice, “Don’t throw your food.”
Not many foods give you the chance to apply DIY measures to improve the food as far as health. Throw away the yellow.
There are few foods that approach perfection, this might be one.
Apologies for the following PUNishment but in closing:
This is no yolk (see above)! Come out of your shell! And I promise to not egg you on with similar rants.

The Bag Lady

To differ I beg

On the fate of the egg

It didn’t used to be fine

And it was declined

By some in nutrition

Made eggs their mission

Cholesterol laden they say
A sad story for hens that lay
These little orbs of delight
With their white and gold bite
New studies reveal
They have certain appeal
No longer forbidden
Or cholesterol ridden
But a healthy protein which you can partake
And much healthier for you than steak.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/egg/

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Notes On: Hourly History Kindle Books

Hourly History books are just what they say, readers should be able to get through them in an hour. They are highlights of historically significant events and personalities. I am sure academic historians could savage these summaries by pointing out that not all points of view were considered, the lens of cultural sensitivity may not have been attached, and even some dates might be disputed by experts. I hazard a guess that it was not the goal of writers involved with this project to forestall any and all objections by learned authorities. I don’t think such criticisms are fair. Rather, try this. As you go through one of these works, highlight something new you learned. There is a lot of general knowledge stuff here but you may be surprised to discover one or two things you didn’t previously consider. One of the things I found the authors of this project do well: they look at world events going on at the same time and the possible effects of peripheral events on the topic under discussion.

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Language Lover Alert: Cacoepy Friday’s Word of the Day Haiku

I like languages and the clever use of them. In this particular case, we look at English. Blogger Kat Myrman writes that this language feature, mispronunciation, causes her to cringe when she hears it but out of politeness she listens while planning her escape. Although I agree in general, I am alert to the possibility that I might be in the presence of a struggling comedian.

This is a long post but be sure to scroll through to the fun part, the misinterpreted lyrics. These are followed by a scary politick le (sic) haiku and one more haiku to emphasize the new word learned.

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Happy Friday! Today’s Dictionary.com Word of the Day is “cacoepy” [kuh-koh-uh-pee]. I had never heard this word before, but I have definitely heard more than a few cacoepies in my life.

They are like fingernails scraping across a chalkboard to those of us who take words, vocabulary and language seriously. They can also be amusing and goofy. Context is key. Cacoepy is defined as an “incorrect pronunciation or an instance of this; mispronunciation.

Dictionary.com had a lengthy etymology summary:

“Cacoepy comes from Greek kakoépeia “mispronunciation, incorrect language,” made up of the adjective kakós “bad, evil, worthless, ugly” and the noun épos (also dialect wépos) “word, speech, song.” The adjective comes from baby talk or a nursery word widespread in Indo-European languages, kakka- “to defecate, poop, shit.” The root appears in Latin cacāre (Italian cacare, Spanish cagar), Slavic (Polish) kakać, German kacken, and English cuck(ing stool). The Greek noun épos (wépos)…

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Expat Life in Taiwan

Taiwan Tales: One Country, Eight Stories: A Multicultural Perspective by the eight authors listed below attracted me because of one word: multicultural. I look for books written in English by non-native English speakers. I can then point them out to my non-native English students as an example of the skillful, clever, and artistic use of English by non-native English speakers (and writers). Here are my impressions of eight short stories.

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Focus: Degrees of Separation

Six Out Of Five: The Marc Richard Box Set by Marc Richard is a boxed set of six published works. It is available on Amazon in the form of a box set for USD 9.99. It is available as the single novel on Amazon for USD 6.99. I received a request from the author for a review of the boxed set and didn’t feel I had the time to review it. I agreed to read the selection reviewed here. I received no compensation in any form for the review. Degrees of Separation is so interesting I recommend readers at least download the free sample from Amazon. Give it a chance, you will be surprised.

I have no idea of why the title of the collection is phrased this way. The title of the collection was the first thing to puzzle me. The first tale, Degrees of Separation,  has 47 chapters and, having read it completely, I am going to let readers know how I should have read it. There is a difference between how I read it and how I should have read it. This selection requires some reader participation to make sense of the 47 chapters. It requires a plan, an approach. And even then complete understanding will not be yours. But you will have fun.

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Total Weirdness with Warnings

I like flash fiction. By its nature, all flash fiction is not created alike but this collection takes weirdness to some new levels. So, I will start out with some warnings. To say the least, this is some adult stuff. But I want to quote warnings from the work itself.

From the Introduction:

“This is not a story collection with any underpinning narrative. These are syringes filled with words. Fumbles in the dark with a stranger. This is a collection you can open up to a random page in order to hook yourself up with a quick fix of fun. Grab a tasty treat between meals. A quickie in the staff-room on your lunch-break. Maybe have just one more for the road. You know you want to.

Flash Me!: The Sinthology (Kindle Locations 91-95). Solarcide. Kindle Edition.

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