Month: September 2011

The Oxford Comma

The debate over whether or not to use the Oxford Comma was actually a Google trending topic today…

It’s surprising and interesting that people have such strong opinions about it. Here’s one explanation from comma supporters: The Oxford comma is the difference between “We invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin” (3 attending the party) and “We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin.” (2 attending, and both are strippers).

I used to be a newspaper reporter and Oxford commas were banned —  as a means of saving money on ink. Since space on the Internet is infinite, I guess we now have the luxury of using them.
But I think it’s too late for me…

As long as no one’s banning the exclamation point, I’m happy!

What’s your favorite perfume?

Do you have a signature scent or do you prefer to mix and match?

penhaligon's bluebell
chanel perfume

For awhile I was doing a lot of mix and matching, but lately I’ve been wearing only L’Artisan Parfumeur’s La Chasse Aux Papillons. I love it. It’s so light and beautiful like its name, chasing butterflies. I just have a tiny bit left, so I’m saving up for a new bottle!

What about you?

PS: If you love perfume, the blog Now Smell This is fantastic for information and reviews…

Photos by Pink Bow and P. Engel.

Awesome Staircase Made of Books

This is fantastic! I have no idea where it’s located or who took the picture. (Do you know?)
Looks like it was taken in a parking garage, perhaps. It’s a mural of books on cement stairs!


UPDATE: Thank you Judy for discovering the origin of the photo: It’s from the blog A Life in Focus. The mural was created by the Greenville Literacy Assn. in Greenville, South Carolina. And it is indeed in a parking garage. (Yay for Google Image Search.)

What are you reading?

I’m in the middle of “One Day” and I positively love it. I’m at the point where I really don’t want the book to end. Maybe this explains why I’ve been reading it so slowly…Who knew One Day could take three weeks?

I’ve also been swamped with projects, which I’m really happy about! So I’ve been slipping in my reading time here and there — mostly in the two minutes before I fall asleep at 1 am.

What about you?

By the way, thank you for taking my little survey. I will reveal the results at the end of the week!

Photo Credits: All Over Print, Ghost Ships, Susannah * Photobird.

A Book Club Complaint

Snack Foods of the Great Writers

Artist Wendy MacNaughton, one of the collaborators on the brilliant Circles of Influence chart, produced this wonderful illustration recently for the New York Times. She also has a fantastic illustrated column called “Meanwhile” on The Rumpus.


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