Oaks Church, Royal Oak

If you’re looking for a great way to help local people who are in unfortunate circumstances, check out the Oaks Church outreach  opportunity.  While I’m not unduly religious and don’t necessarily believe much in organized religions, I am a strong proponent of the Golden Rule.  It’s important to help others and the Oaks Church does a good job of promoting community spirit, love, and companionship to those seeking to find their way.  Please help if you are able.



Words, words, words

Per Dictionary.com delitescent is an adjective that means concealed, hidden, or latent and comes from the Latin word dēlitēscere meaning “to hide away.”

Detroit Public LibraryEvery day I get a word of the day email from Dictionary.com.  I really enjoy new words, and this website doesn’t disappoint.  Some days I love the new word they send; others, ehhh.  I always try to see how I can use the new word in a sentence of my creation and not theirs.  They always offer up a couple of examples on how to use the word of the day.  I truly appreciate these messages since I have always liked increasing my vocabulary.  Even as a kid, I’d wait for my dad’s Reader’s Digest to arrive so I could take the “It Pays to Increase Your Word Power” quiz. Sometimes I did well, sometimes I didn’t, but I always learned a new word from that quiz.  I guess you could call me a delitescent logophile since I’m positive not many people know I have this addiction.

Word games?  Grammar quizzes? Test your vocabulary skills? I am addicted to these types of brain teasers.  I like  Quiddler, Words with Friends, Scrabble, quizzes of any kind, test your skills, etc.  You get the picture.  Recently a friend posted a link to “Test Your Vocab” on Facebook that was right up my alley.   Of course, I took the test.  My score showed that I know (or at least am aware of the definition of) 38,500 words.  Doesn’t seem like a lot of words to me, and I know I don’t even remotely come close to using that many, but it’s nice to discover that I have a large vocabulary at the tip of my tongue.

One thing for sure, it never hurts to stop learning new things – even if it is only one word a day that you might never, ever use in your entire lifetime!



I’ve not seen or heard this word before

Kitty, Kitty, Where is the kitty

Nicky Claude






In late November Neiman, one of our two tuxedo cats, had to be put down because he had kidney failure.   Marcus, Neiman’s litter mate, seemed pretty lonesome since they had been together for their entire lives – about 4 or 5 years.  We’re not sure exactly how old they were.  At any rate, we decided it was time to get a buddy for Marcus.  Jen checked the Royal Oak Animal Shelter web page where she found two tuxedo cats that resembled Neiman and Marcus.

On Saturday (12-28-13), we trekked over to the shelter to see which of the two cats she chose – Macy or Dominic – might work out for us.  Macy, a sweet five-year old female, wouldn’t work out because she was not declawed and, at five, she was a bit too old to have that procedure done.  Dominic looked like he’d be our perfect choice – at only 13 weeks, he could still get his claws removed without too much trauma and he could have that done at the same time he got neutered.  Home he came with us (along with another sweet guy I couldn’t bear to leave in a cage, but that’s another story for another time).

Dominic (now called Nicky), however, is a very shy kitty.  Born outside and living at the shelter for as long as he did, Nicky was unaccustomed to the activities and freedom of a household.  His first night, he was sequestered in my office.  No problems except when we looked for him in the morning, we couldn’t find him.  He found good places to hide – like behind the books in the bookcase and in the bed of the hide-a-bed couch I have in my office – and we had no clue where to look for him.  He spent the entire day hiding; we spent the entire day searching for him.  Eventually he came out of his hidey-hole because he was hungry.  His second night he was sequestered again.  He was running around the room on the second morning, but kept hiding behind stuff.  He likes pets, purrs like crazy, and loves to play, but he’s skittish with people.  He did venture out of the office and he did decide he likes Ozzie, our Miniature Pinscher.  Yesterday, Nicky hid in the basement all day and sometime during the night, he ventured upstairs.  He’s getting along OK, but he’s skittish still.  Right now, I can hear him running around playing upstairs.  Marcus’ nose is out of joint because of the new cats, but he’s coming around.

Nicky needs a lot of hands on, but that’s going to take some time – especially since he has little razors on the ends of his paws, and he’s an expert at hiding.  We’ll get there.  We have patience, experience, and we’ve been smitten by the kitten bug.  :-)

My Two Minutes of Fame Plus an Extra Second or Two

Well, my two minutes of fame as the Sterling Heights Artist of the Month was extended a bit with the newspaper interview.  Follow this link to read the article.

And, here’s a surprise.  I even like the photo of me!!!!

My less than two minutes of fame

I was recently selected as artist of the month for the city of Sterling Heights.  As part of the hoopla associated with this honor, I received a certificate of award and SHTV did a video interview.  You can see the interview by clicking on this link.  My segment is about 5:10 on the scroll bar at the bottom.

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