And So It Begins
Taking Intention . . . On Vacation

Start Your Engines

It's an exciting week around here, folks.  I'm headed up north for a couple of days (and I'm bringing my Dad along this time).  My daughter-in-law heads to Lansing to sit for the Michigan bar.  And on Thursday . . . I have jury duty.  

Looks like a great time to . . . 



A Quote

"The oldest, shortest words - yes and no - are those that require the most thought."
--- Pythagoras

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From a walk around Icy Strait Point at Hoonah, Alaska.

Now I have no idea if the words yes and no are actually the "oldest words" - although they certainly would number among the shortest - but this quote resonated for me.  How about you?


A Word

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When I was a little girl, my mom used to use the word "addlepated" (usually directed at something silly either my sister or I had done or said), and I always loved saying it out loud.  I'd never seen it in print, though.  Or heard it used elsewhere.  But when it popped up as a word-of-the-day from Merriam Webster, it caught my eye!

I especially liked the background information about this word (provided by Merriam Webster):



To Read


Looking for that next summer read?  The New York times put out an interesting list last week:  50 States of True Crime.  Because apparently every state has an infamous crime . . . and a book about it!  Check out the list and find your state's "crime," and maybe add the book to your summer reading list.

I'm not really a fan of true crime myself, but I read somewhere this weekend that women (in general) tend to be fans.  (Of course I cannot find the source of that anywhere this morning as I put togther this post, so cannot share.  Sorry.)  How about you?  Do you like to read true crime novels?


A Challenge

We've reached the point in the summer where . . . it starts to go really fast!  I know some of you are happy about this, while others of you are more melancholy.  My challenge to you?  Make a list of the things you want to do before the end of August -- and figure out how to make them happen.

What's on your list?


Here's to a great week for all of us.



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Summer is slipping away but still time for playing in the garden and reading on the deck. I am thinking about how to hold on to the summer vibe when we go back to school.


Good luck to Lauren this week! And have fun up north with your dad. I figured Massachusetts would have the Lizzie Borden trial as "the one" but instead it's the Boston Marathon bombers. I'm not sure I can stomach that just yet, though. Happy Monday!


All the good juju sent to Lauren this week! I can't wait to use addlepated in a sentence! We have big word Sunday so I am all set! Before the end of August I want to...get friends together for a redneck yacht club event in our kayaks. (On a lake, a few snacks, a beverage or two and the summer sun on our faces.) xo


Sending good bar passing juju to Lauren and good jury duty juju your way! Bambi was "twitterpated"(quite a silly word on its own) in the movie, but I also can't think of any print examples of addlepated. I'll be on the lookout. Love the quote!

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Yes, best wishes for the BAR exam and best wishes to you for the outcome you wish for jury duty. I personally get very claustrophobic at just the thought of it but I have shown up three times and have never been called.


I hope it's nice up north -- and you don't have to spend TOO much time on storm clean-up!
Best wishes to Lauren!


All the best wishes to Lauren. Have a wonderful time up north with your Dad. Addlepated is such a great word and I had never heard of it before. It could easily be used to describe some of my co-workers...hmmm....


I'm generally not a fan of true crime (I find it a little too real, too scary), but I'm curious to know what my state's most infamous crime is -- and I don't subscribe to the NYT, and of course it's behind a paywall! I am a relatively recent fan of the murder mystery novel, but I think I can enjoy those without fear because I know they're made up!

Enjoy your time up north, good luck to your daughter-in-law, and here's hoping you're dismissed from jury duty early!


True crime? I am not a huge fan - but a good mystery? Oh yes! Absolutely!

And, what's on my list? Forcing Steve outdoors for more happy hours before the end of August... lol


Now that I am approaching my mid-70s "addlepated" really resonates with me. Hope your jury duty is a short one. I liked my experience. But it was only two days, not months. Good luck to Lauren on her bar exam. I read a book about the Boston Strangler shortly after college while doing a stop-gap stint for Kelly Girls while real-job hunting. I was all alone for a week in an unmanned law office on the top floor of a creaky old tall office building. Put there just to answer phone calls. What was I thinking? (Maybe I was addlepated.)


Hopefully your stint in jury duty will be canceled (you know, settled cases and all that). And great good luck to Lauren! No way am I reading about Gary Gilmore. I already know enough. Addlepated is a word you don't see (or hear) often. It fits me to a T lately! LOL


I can't believe it's August tomorrow! Good luck to Lauren and you with your encounters with the Michigan legal system :-)

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