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Sunday, March 24, 2019


cj Sez: It may or may not feel like it where you are right now, but I’m here to inform you that SPRING HAS SPRUNG … can mosquitoes be far behind?  If you live where I do, they’re already here.

   A brief lesson on the vernal equinox, one of two equinoxes in a year . . . the other is the autumnal equinox (not to be confused with “solstice”—when winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, and the summer solstice is the longest day of the year).

   Equinox: There are only two times every year—September and March—when the Earth’s axis is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun. It’s that instant of time when the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the sun...the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal.

    Seasons are opposite on either side of the Equator. The equinox in September is known as the autumnal (fall) equinox and considered the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere, but it's known as the vernal (spring) equinox in the Southern hemisphere and is their first day of spring.

(Source Attribution: various Google sites)

cj Sez:  There must be a story idea in there somewhere. What if the instant that the equinox occurred could trigger some kind of awful device that put all of earth in jeopardy? What if the world powers have hired the protagonist to find the person(s) holding the earth ransom, but he has only a few short days to prevent Armageddon?
Now a brief lesson on “The Royal Order of Adverbs” as presented by author/editor Joyce Sterling Scarbrough.

Example one:

Verb:               Dad walks
Manner:          impatiently
Place:              into town
Frequency:     every afternoon
Time:               before supper
Purpose:          to get a newspaper.

Example two:

Verb:               Roger naps
Place:               in his room
Frequency:      every morning
Time:               before lunch.
   Joyce also says: In actual practice, of course, it would be highly unusual to have a string of adverbial modifiers beyond two or three (at the most). Because the placement of adverbs is so flexible, one or two of the modifiers would probably move to the beginning of the sentence: “Every afternoon before supper. Dad impatiently walks into town to get a newspaper.” When that happens, the introductory adverbial modifiers are usually set off with a comma.
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cj Sez: On a personal note, outdoor-
sometimes-indoor, amiable lump, Buster, was lounging peacefully on my lap last week when something, the TV or a catmare, startled him. Bless his heart. 

   Sensing an opening over my head, he made a mad dash for safety and used my face as a launching pad. Fortunately, he left only one slice in my cheek and a couple of punctures. Prescriptions for antibiotics and antibacterial creams later, I now have more facial character and another story to tell. I am extremely happy I wasn’t twenty-one when this happened, else there would be a plastic surgeon’s bill on the horizon. (I tend to scar easily.) It’s amazing how quickly one’s life can change or be changed. I could use some prayers that the injuries continue to heal without infection and leave little or no scarring. Please, and thank you.

   That’s all for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

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1 comment:

  1. It's amazing the damage an amiable lump can do. I'll say a prayer for rapid healing and no scars.


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