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…then you give him a badge and a gun…

Patricia Johns

Today, I got to meet a police officer (who is so much fun, that I’d make her my new friend if it wouldn’t seem oddly suspicious…) and toured the police station, as well as a police cruiser. I had a fabulous time!

First of all, I got to get a mental image of how all the parts and pieces go together. Cops episodes just don’t do that for you, and if you watch enough of them in a row, you get a real appreciation for how much it would hurt to be taken down and hand-cuffed. That does not look comfortable! I’m not ashamed to say that I would cry. (I’d also take my hands out of my pockets when asked, for the record.)😉

That’s not the point here, though. My contact with the police has always been friendly. I’ve never even been pulled over before. My six-year-old likes…

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A cop doing it right

Patricia Johns

We have so many stories online lately of cops doing it wrong… (and I don’t defend bigots with a badge!) But not all cops are like that, and this is an example of a cop who is doing it very, very right.


Sgt. Precious Cornner-Jones saw this little boy fling himself to the ground at a rally. His mom said that was his way of expressing himself lately, and Sgt. Cornner-Jones sympathized with the little guy. So she got onto his level and they had a chat.

It didn’t take long, and the little guy got back up and felt much better. But that moment with a compassionate police officer resonated so much that the picture when viral.

In Sgt. Cornner-Jones’s words: “As an adult sometimes all we want is one person to stop, get on our level and maybe wipe our tears. These children are entitled to bad…

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Curator’s Corner- NMCB 74 and the FEARLESS Beaver

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10 Words We No Longer Use But Should

This is from Reader’s Digest by JENNIFER BROZAK

Zounds! These obsolete yet colorful words have fallen out of use, but you’ll sound super smart mixing them into your next cocktail conversation.
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Whether you’re discussing politics or wrangling small children, the word “brabble” could still find plenty of use in today’s society. Meaning “to argue stubbornly about trifles” or, in noun form, “noisy, quarrelsome chatter,” the word originated from the Middle Dutch brabbelen and eventually morphed into the more-recognized “jabber.” The next time your children are arguing, tell them, “If you kids don’t stop all of your brabbling, you won’t get ice cream after dinner.” (Related: These 10 wise quotes will help you shut arguments down in seconds.)
It sounds like a term your teenager might make up when he isn’t feeling well, but the word “crapulous” actually has a long and respectful history, originating in the 1500s. Not surprisingly, it does relate to feeling unwell, but in this case, it describes not feeling well after indulging in too much eating or drinking: “I ate all of that cake at the party last night, and now I’m feeling completely crapulous.” (Don’t miss the surprising reasons you’re eating more than you realize.)
No, that’s not a typo for a form of public transportation. Rather, back in the 16th century, the word “buss” referred to a kiss—especially a loud or exuberant one. Derived from the Middle English term “bassen,” which means “to kiss,” the word’s first known use is somewhere around 1570. (Related: See the many ways kissing is awesome for your health!)
Sure this word, which dates back to the 1500s, sounds like something you’d overhear at a state fair’s pig contest. However, it actually refers to a person’s appearance, in particular the appearance of someone you find charming and handsome, even if a little devilish: “That boy who sits next to me in algebra is a total snoutfair! I hope he asks me to the prom.” (Related: Here’s how to look more attractive in photos, so you can be a snoutfair, too.)
In the 1850s, this funny-sounding term referred simply to a wooden puppet controlled by strings, a la Pinocchio. As time went on, it began to take on a political meaning, as in a politician who’s actions are controlled by someone else: “The governor used to be a stand-up guy, but now he’s just a quockerwodger for corporate interests.” (Related: Get a good chuckle with these political jokes.)
This 19th-century word has found new life in modern times as a brand name for a tabletop game company. Back then, however, it was an insult given to a person who is easily imposed upon—or, in more basic language, someone you’d refer to as a doormat or pushover: “I wish he would stop being such a zafty and stand up for himself!” You won’t be a pushover with these science-backed tips to boost your confidence.
Rum peeper
It may sound like the name of a drink you’d order at a bar, but a rum peeper has absolutely nothing to do with alcohol. Rather, upper class women in the late 1600s polished their coifs in front of “rum peepers,” which was the name given to an exquisite, silver looking glass, or, as well call them today, mirrors. Here’s proof that selfies have been popular since the 1800s.
This tongue twister of a word, pronounced “con-TOOM-yoo-lee-us,” is a Middle English word derived from both French and language. It was often used in literature to refer to someone who is insolent, or arrogantly rude and disrespectful: In the 1847 novel Jane Eyre, for example, Miss Ingram pushes the young Adele away with “contumelious epithet.” Avoid being contumelious by skipping these annoying texting habits.
No, this classical Latin word doesn’t describe the tardy habits of President Barak Obama; rather, it refers to wandering about with no direction or purpose: “I need to think, so I’m going to head to the park and obambulate for a while.”
It sounds like a term from the Harry Potter series, but the first known use of the term “hugger-mugger” appeared in the 1520s, according to Merriam-Webster, and was used in two completely different ways: first, as a synonym for “a secret act,” and secondly, to mean “disorder” or “confusion.” It is spoken by Claudius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which was written around 1600: “For good Polonius’ death, and we have done but greenly in hugger-mugger to inter him.” (Related: Avoid hugger-mugger in your life with these pro organizing tips for every room.)

20 Corny Halloween Jokes

These are from Reader’s Digest by ANDY SIMMONS, a features editor at Reader’s Digest.

Q: Why do skeletons have low self-esteem?
A: They have no body to love

Q: Know why skeletons are so calm?
A: Because nothing gets under their skin.

Q: How do vampires get around on Halloween?
A: On blood vessels

Q: What’s a ghoul’s favorite bean?
A: A human bean.

Q: Why did the ghost go into the bar?
A: For the Boos.

Q: Why did the Vampire read the New York Times?
A: He heard it had great circulation.

Q: Why did the headless horseman go into business?
A: He wanted to get ahead in life.

Q: Why do girl ghosts go on diets?
A: So they can keep their ghoulish figures.

Q: Where does a ghost go on vacation?
A: Mali-boo.

Q: The maker of this product does not want it, the buyer does not use it, and the user does not see it. What is it?
A: A coffin.

Q: What do you call a witch’s garage?
A: A broom closet.

Q: Why don’t mummies take time off?
A: They’re afraid to unwind.

Q: Why did the vampire need mouthwash?
A: Because he had bat breath.

Q: What is in a ghost’s nose?
A: Boo-gers

Q: What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman?
A: Frostbite

Q: How can you tell when a vampire has been in a bakery?
A: All the jelly has been sucked out of the jelly doughnuts.

Q: What’s it called when a vampire has trouble with his house?
A: A grave problem.

Q: Why can’t the boy ghost have babies?
A: Because he has a Hallo-weenie.

Q: Why do demons and ghouls hang out together?
A: Because demons are a ghouls best friend!

Q:What’s it like to be kissed by a vampire?
A: It’s a pain in the neck.

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Creating Lifelike Fictional Characters

One of the most common things I see as an editor is flat characters. Writing realistic characters that take the reader by the hand and lead them into the story isn’t easy. Indeed, I’ve strugg…

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Verse of the Day – Psalm 63:7-8

I like the song. This was the first time I heard it. ~ Connie

The Bottom of a Bottle

Psalm 63:7-8 Psalm 63:7-8

He has been my help, He has held me up so many times, I’ve held on tightly to Him more times than I can remember and to Him I have sang out in my joy and in my pain.

There is a light, it burns brighter than the sun
He steals the night and casts no shadow
There is hope, should oceans rise and mountains fall
He never fails

So take heart
Let His love lead us through the night
Hold on to hope
And take courage again

In death by love the fallen world was overcome
He wears the scars of our freedom
In His name all our fears are swept away
He never fails

So take heart
Let His love lead us through the night
Hold on to hope
And take courage again

All our troubles and all our tears

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