All posts tagged: humor

In My Brain Today: There’s an App (mag) for That!

By Leslie Lindsay My daughter is in Brownies.  She wears that brown vest plastered with patches and sings songs about smiles in pockets and friends being the color of precious metals.  She takes hikes and pets snakes at nature preserves.  She loves it.  She also participates in the fall fundraiser (don’t get me started on fundraisers…that’s a whole other blog post).  Don’t get your hopes up too much: the fall fundraiser is not the infamously tasty cookies.  It’s nuts and magazines.  That’s cool.  Good timing for holiday gift-giving. So, last weekend my hubby and I sat sipping coffee after a leisurely breakfast (our darling daughters were creating a toy bomb in the basement playroom)–magazine catalog spread on the table. “Who can we give a magazine gift subscriptions to?” we mused. Well, let me tell you–a printed publication (I think we used to call those magazines), exists for just about every interest, hobby, age-group, whatever your little heart desires, it’s there.  From Family Handyman to Civil War Chronicals to Bird &  Garden.  Heck, there was even something about guns and …

Write On, Wednesday: Paraprosdokians

By Leslie Lindsay Seems I missed the boat yesterday. I was all pumped up to start a new “column” and then….I was hit with some book launch-related weirdness that needed my time and energy.  So, my apologies.  And this is sort of a lame post today…but well, it’s one of those days.  I recieved the following as an email about a year ago (!!).  Take it for what is: a way to loosen up when the writing world feels makes you feel like your skin is tissue paper-thin. (Oh!  This just in:  From Caroline Levitt’s blog today, Wednesday April 18th:  Author Erika Lutz shares her views on writing…or not  http://carolineleavittville.blogspot.com/2012/04/erika-lutz-sublime-author-of-edge-of.html) Here goes some musings for us word-nerds: I had to look up the word paraprosdokian . Here is the definition: “It is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part.” Paraprosdokians are frequently used in a humorous situation.  “Where …