O is for Onerous

Tabletop Christmas pine boughs and two red candlesDuring the holidays, everything aims to be cheerful and bright. Some tasks, however, remain onerous. They are burdens that must be accomplished to reach the joy of “decking the halls.”

Seating arrangements seem like a good example. You can seat your mother-in-law by a certain aunt but not by your mother or odd uncle. Even buying presents can become onerous. Consider, for instance, when you seek to buy a gift for that impossible-to-buy-for person. The holiday season becomes dreary, a landscape more suited to Ebenezer Scrooge than to you.

Fortunately, the letter “o” begins some words less bleak than onerous. They might not align with the festive season precisely, but they are fun. If nothing else, they offer a break from the holiday hustle and bustle.Continue Reading

N is for Noteworthy

A handwritten love letter on a yellow sticky note.I read (a lot). The fact means I stumble across both good and bad literature. Some books, however, rise above those categories. (Neil Gaiman prefers “like” and “love,” and, I have to admit, I agree with him. Some books are okay, but some sink deep into my soul.)

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M is for Malodorous

M is for MalodorousMalodorous serves as both a wonderful and offensive word. Wonderful because of how it sounds. The syllables issue forth like a summer river current. It moves slow but will arrive at a particular destination.

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