January 2017 Roundup

Personal Essays:
On Grieving – thoughts on celebrity deaths
Typical Situation – when the words don’t flow
In the News – struggling with results and ramifications
How to Be an Ally – what I’ve learned about standing by people
Politics Is Personal – Rhetoric, fear, and exhaustion…

Kids’ Shows:
Tinker Bell – an origin story
Lilo and Stitch – a family favorite all about family
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure – friendship, adventure, and responsibility
Transformers: Rescue Bots – Autobots, first responders, and gender representation
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue – more friendship and adventure

Vocab:
Then vs. Than – a personal pet peeve
Focus – keeping our eyes on the prize
Ominous Hominy – misheard words
Alternative Facts – a special installment

Grammar Guide:
Get Ready for Grammar – an introduction
Nouns – looking beyond person, place, thing, and idea

Post Potpourri:
How to Utilize Your Facebook Profile – a top 10 for on your personal profile.
Meridian Photography: January 2017 – favorite photos
James McGarvey: Catching Up – looking back at 2016

 

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Resolutions and Reflections

While heartbreaking in many respects, 2016 was still full of wonderful experiences. I found a writing group where I can hone both my writing and editing skills; my husband and I saw FIVE Dave Matthews Band Shows (including three at the Gorge); we took our kids to the polls for both the primary and the general elections; and we celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary.

I wrapped up 19 months of photo-a-day challenges, I’m almost three-quarters of the way through my #52WeeksofCreativity challenge, and I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with some talented artists and writers.

This year, I’ll start each month with a quick rundown of my pieces from the previous month. I start today with the end of last year. I’m hoping this will keep me on track with writing more regularly.

Writing Reflections: 

On Writing
On ReWriting

Vocabulary:

A Lot vs Allot
Happy Holidays
Words of the Year

Musings:

The Llama Problem
Christmastime

Children’s Programming:

Criteria of a Good Show
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

ProTip:

Take a Professional Quality Selfie

Photography:

Lake Michigan