A to Z Challenge – Z is for Zonk

Posted by mcm0704 on April 30, 2012 |

The A to Z Challenge is winding down and some of the bloggers have posted some kind of a wrap-up. I was so honored to find out that Thelma, at Widowsphere, included my blog as one of her top 26 favorites. I was also blown away that she visited all one thousand and something blogs […]

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A Sunday Mix Up

Posted by mcm0704 on April 29, 2012 |

Today I was supposed to write a review of Return to Exile as part of the blog tour the author is doing to promote the book. Apparently Eric was not able to do a tour when the book first came out, so the idea of a “spring re-launch” was conceived. If all of the various […]

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A to Z Challenge – Y is for Yam

Posted by mcm0704 on April 28, 2012 |

Which is not the same as a sweet potato, although they are closely related. For most of us, we have heard the terms “yam” and “sweet potato” used more or less interchangeably, but almost all of the different varieties of yams and sweet potatoes found in American markets – no matter what color the skins […]

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A to Z Challenge – X is for ????

Posted by mcm0704 on April 27, 2012 |

All month I have been dreading this day. I remember from last year and the year before when I visited some bloggers who were doing the challenge, they all came to the letter x and said “yikes,” even though that does not start with the letter x. There are lots of things I could write […]

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A to Z Challenge – W is for Wildflowers

Posted by mcm0704 on April 26, 2012 |

The most popular and widely known wildflower is Texas are bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush, but we have some other very pretty gifts from Mother Nature that dot our meadows. Here are just a few that I have seen in recent weeks on my morning walks. I have been known to mow around some of them […]

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A to Z Challenge – V is for Volcano

Posted by mcm0704 on April 25, 2012 |

Until I started doing some online research, I did not know that Texas has a number of extinct volcanoes. In late-Cretaceous time, Central Texas was part of a vast marine shelf on which carbonate rocks were deposited with the entire area gradually subsiding as sediments were laid down. The volcano formed when magma worked its […]

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A to Z Challenge – U is for Ugli Fruit

Posted by mcm0704 on April 24, 2012 |

This morning I was stymied. This is the day for the letter “u” and I couldn’t think of a single thing in nature that begins with that letter. I could always fall back on the most obvious “U is for Umbrella” and write something about rain, but that would be so…. obvious and boring. So […]

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A to Z Challenge T is for Trail of Tears

Posted by mcm0704 on April 23, 2012 |

At first glance it may appear that I am once again diverging from my nature theme by writing about this sad moment in American history, but bear with me. There are many atrocities involving death and incredible injustices to groups of people that should never be repeated, and the Trail of Tears is one of […]

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A Gift From Me to You

Posted by mcm0704 on April 22, 2012 |

As writers it is important to stretch ourselves beyond what we normally write. This is something I learned in a great critique group in Omaha NE, where we would always start our meetings with a short class on some form of writing. This is where I was encouraged to write poetry, although that is not […]

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A to Z Challenge – S is for Saturday Morning Breakfast

Posted by mcm0704 on April 21, 2012 |

Every Saturday morning my husband and I go out to breakfast. We started doing this about 25 years ago and do everything in our power to make this time just for each other. When my husband was traveling as a consultant, he got into the habit of going out to breakfast on Saturday mornings because […]

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