Quirky, Humorous, Irreverent Writings and Musings
About Liza Blue
Ten years ago this blog site started as short memoir pieces from my magical '60s and '70s childhood, helmed by my witty and irreverent mother. Nuggets of memory would burble up unexpectedly. I would wonder why they emerged so clearly at that moment and then why my child's brain decided to store them in the vast and dusty warehouse of my mind. It was as if I implicitly knew that this incident was something important to be considered some 50 years later with the benefit of age and experience. I turned these incidents over and over in my mind adding more context and meaning. Why did my father stand on the lawn and gaze at the Good Humor man making home deliveries to the neighbor? Why did my mother insist that I know the arcane rules of baseball, including the infield fly rule? These ruminations coalesced into essays. My blog site was born.
The careful thought given to my memories sharpened my powers of observation. Soon the essays morphed into curiosity-driven pieces about anything, really, that caught my imagination. Commentary about popular culture, nature, our language and the oddities of everyday life expanded my repetroire. All the posts are short (1200 words) and take about 10 minutes to read. This length fits the attention span of someone reading off a phone or a tablet, creating an ideal distraction for those moments of forced idleness that punctuate our lives. Air travel is one common example.
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I am ensconced at a self-imposed writing retreat in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan along the shores of Lake Superior in these last resplendent days of fall. I spot a few lonely ducks on the lake. I’d like to shoo them along on their southward journey. A doe pauses and stops at the…Read More
Humor essays about 10 minutes in length on a wide variety of topics, i.e. memoir, contemporary culture, parenting, our natural world.
This anagram word game was invented by my mother Fan Brown, who sent her word game poems to magazines and exulted in the $25 she occasionally got in the mail. The poems are witty and clever and will appeal to "Wordl" enthusiasts. The missing words in each poem represent a set of anagrams (i.e. share the same letters). Your job is figure out the missing words based on both the rhyming scheme and the context of the poem.
Idiom's abound in the English language ,ranging from the ever popular "raining cats and dogs" to my personal favorite "when the shit hits the fan." The historical origin of each idiom can be traced, often to the Bible or Shakespeare. Others can be traced to more recent events - "drink the KoolAid," describing blind obedience, or "Land it in the Hudson," a business term describing salvaging a doomed project. Some project strong visuals. (Just dwell for a moment on shit hitting a fan.)
Four derivations are provided for each idiom. Three come from my fertile imagination. The other is true.