Why Write?

So, people who don’t like writing won’t understand this, but those of us who are in love with the Word will…

Writing is like breathing! It gives life.

I am happiest when I’m creating something–whether it’s a poem, a story or a commentary–there’s this high that comes from stringing words together like pearls. Such a simple thing, yet so captivating!  Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m about to say, but the words just come spilling out. Then I’ll read what I wrote and have to sop it up with a napkin…”that was awful.” But other times, the words flow as they should. In a steady stream, cool and sweet as iced coffee and I must admit, “mmm…that was good!”

But, good or bad, the blank page is a faithful friend, always there waiting for me. And I hate to leave my friend waiting too long.

Speaking of friends, I’ve found that as much fun as it is to write, it’s equally as fun to connect with other writers. Since starting this blog I’ve entered an alternate universe where people like me gather to babble. I can get lost in the sea of syllables! If I didn’t have to go to work I could sit here all day reading and responding to writers and bloggers like me. There’s comfort in the coalition of common interests.

So, these are some of my reasons for writing, what are yours? Is writing therapeutic? Does it help you think more clearly? Escape from the daily grind? Tell me what writing does for you!

In the meantime, here are some great image quotes that I found in response to this enduring question…smallsignature

What’s the Word?

I think it’s just par for the course that children will find their parents to be amusing. My kids have a great time standing my husband and me in the middle of the kitchen and cranking up some song so they can show us a new dance move. Then they promptly demand that we try it. On the spot!

And, of course, we’re terrible.

What do you expect? We’re middle-aged adults with nostalgia for 80s and 90s moves like the “cabbage patch”, the “prep” and the “tootsie roll”.  We have very little comprehension of these millennials’ “whip & nae-nae,” neither do we know why we need to “hit the folks,” nor understand the excitement they express when we “dab”.  (I’m pretty sure that I unintentionally “dab” every time I sneeze!)  Nonetheless, we attempt the moves that they hastily demonstrate and inevitably they roar with laughter!

Apparently, we’re hilarious.

So, it’s no surprise, then, that my kids find hilarity in other random moments, also. The generation gap allows plenty of room for differences—not just in how we dance or how we dress, but also in how we speak and in the particular words we use to describe things.

For example, my kids also giggle when I tell them to “zap” their food in the microwave!  What’s so funny about that? Considering this scientific phenomenon of heating something with invisible rays, what else would you call it?


I love how alive our language is! Words are created and recreated every day. That’s why I’m starting this regular blog entry called “What’s the Word?” which will explore our many unique expressions. I’ll also share commonly misused words…or, at least, words or phrases that are not (yet) accepted as standard.

So, what about you? Do you use a word or phrase in a unique way? A word that, perhaps, others snicker about? Maybe it’s a word you made up or one that you’ve co-opted for a different use.  I’d love to hear about it!

Also, tell me how you refer to the process of warming food in the microwave. I’d love to know if I’m the only one who “zaps” it! (Hmmm…maybe “Zap” could be the name of a new dance!)