1. Do words have a collective noun – like a flock of birds or a school or whales? If not, I’d like to propose “a conjur of words.”
2. Best line seen on Facebook this week after a Floyd friend posted that he thought something got stolen from his unlocked car: Remember when we had to lock up so people wouldn’t leave zucchini for us?
3. I’ve never been comfortable with extravagant or abstract wealth. Since I was young girl, I’ve had awareness that land, water, and food are what define whether one is rich or poor. More on “Why Floyd?” HERE.
4. “Growing your own food is like printing your own money.” ~ Ron Finley, a TED talker and guerrilla gardener in South Central LA.
5. My current philosophy on entertainment is a lot like how I feel about food. Provide it yourself or get it local whenever possible.
6. “Plates of meat” is cockney rhyming slang for “feet.” The rhyming slang originated in the East End of London and developed as a way of obscuring the meaning of sentences to those who did not understand the slang. Some of the slang phrases, like plates of meat and rosie (Rosie Lee) for tea, have made their way into common language.
7. Growing up in a working class family, the literature available to me was How Now Brown Cow and the stories of Hans Christian Anderson. All summer long I tested the meter of language with jump rope and bouncing ball songs. My mostly Irish father spouted nursery rhymes and songs, both traditional and made up. Ours was an oral tradition of reading, reciting, and singing out loud.
8. When I was about the same age as my five-year-old grandson Bryce, someone asked what I had for supper and I answered “fat,” thinking it was a meat. To this day, I still like meat fat.
9. According to THIS latest sex research, wearing high heels can negatively affect a woman’s orgasm.
11. The word “sex” is in the first line, which reminds me: Years ago the Appalachian Woman’s Caravan came through Floyd and hosted women’s poetry readings at a local restaurant. It was my turn to read, the room was noisy and not many were paying attention. I spoke into the mic and said, “Now I’m going to talk about SEX,” Everyone dropped their forks and closed their mouths and I began reading to an attentive house.
12. Stephen Colbert’s take on the Republican strategy on the government shut down: “The rules are I go first, and I refuse to take my turn. And you can’t take yours until I’m done. I know you’re upset, but we’re both at fault here, so let’s negotiate. I agree to take my turn if you agree that I win.”
13. I hate when that happens: You pick up a piece of lint from the floor and it starts to moving.