The Stories I Tell ~ from The Word Cellar

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I love stories. I'm the one at social functions with a dozen new anecdotes. But I worry about hogging the conversation. Sometimes I tell myself that I'll be quiet and let others do the talking. But no matter how hard I try, my stories insist on bursting out! Here I can let my stories (the classics that I tell again and again, as well as new ones that unfold along the way) run free. I'm a professional writer and editor, and sole proprietor of The Word Cellar. I write for a variety of publications and clients on everything from green buildings and nuclear reactors to entrepreneurship and the arts. If you need words written, edited, or enlivened, I can help. Contact me.


Overheard at HoneyBaked Ham

"I said 'Merry Christmas' to a customer and then thought, 'What if they're Jewish or something?' But then I realized that if they were Jewish, they wouldn't be buying a ham."

...I laughed out loud the whole way out the door.

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More dog...

Courtesy of my brother, we give you Neon Coco.

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Coco, part deux

Because this doggie is such a cutie, here's another view of her little wienerness. I wonder if she'll watch the Steeler game tonight.

(As an interesting sidenote, when I ran spellcheck on this post, Blogger suggested that I replace "wienerness" with "innermost".)


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The British are Coming! (or, rather, came)

My English friend Claire came for a visit over Thanksgiving. She decided to find out once and for all what this American holiday was all about. We decided to avoid the shopping crowds on Black Friday (renamed Slightly Unpleasant Friday to sound more British) by tramping through the woods in the Laurel Highlands. Here's the day's winning photograph, which we both now have as our desktop wallpaper. (Caveat: I can't figure out how to make images bigger here, or how to allow you to click on them to increase their size. The picture looks much better blown up.)

I realized after Claire went home that we hadn't taken any pictures of us together. But here's one of Claire and a bear outside of Wholey's Fish Market in Pittsburgh's Strip District. I'm sure she'll be thrilled that I'm sharing it.

While in the Strip District, we encountered Coco, the Steeler-loving wiener dog:

I tell ya: You just can't go wrong with a dog in a football sweater.


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