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Wayward Writes
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Wayward on Words
Wayward Quotes
Florida Crackers
The Surprise at the End!
Welcome to 2022!

Wayward Reads


Anthem by Noah Hawley
"At the Float Anxiety Abatement Center, in a suburb of Chicago, Simon Oliver is trying to recover from his sister’s tragic passing. He breaks out to join a woman named Louise and a man called The Prophet on a quest as urgent as it is enigmatic. Who lies at the end of the road? A man known as The Wizard, whose past encounter with Louise sparked her own collapse. Their quest becomes a rescue mission when they join up with a man whose sister is being held captive by the Wizard, impregnated and imprisoned in a tower."  Sounds tense, but cool.

The Maid by Nita Prose
"Molly Gray...struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. [S]he throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. But Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black—but will they be able to find the real killer before it’s too late?" This one sounds fabulous!

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez
"Despite Olga and her brother, Prieto’s "alluring public lives, behind closed doors things are far less rosy. Sure, Olga can orchestrate the love stories of the 1 percent but she can’t seem to find her own...until she meets Matteo, who forces her to confront the effects of long-held family secrets. Olga and Prieto’s mother, Blanca...abandoned her children to advance a militant political cause, leaving them to be raised by their grandmother. Now, with the winds of hurricane season, Blanca has come barreling back into their lives."  Another good possibility.

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
"A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store's most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls' Day, but she simply won't leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading 'with murderous attention,' must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning." Oooh, I love this one. 

Honor by Thrity Umrigar
"Indian American journalist Smita has returned to India to cover a story, but reluctantly: long ago she and her family left the country with no intention of ever coming back. As she follows the case of Meena—a Hindu woman attacked by members of her own village and her own family for marrying a Muslim man—Smita comes face to face with a society where tradition carries more weight than one’s own heart, and a story that threatens to unearth the painful secrets of Smita’s own past." Sounds heartbreaking. I love it!

It's a mystery to me...

The Man Who Died Twice y by Richard Osman
"Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim—the Thursday Murder Club—are still riding high off their recent real-life murder case and are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at Cooper’s Chase, their posh retirement village. Then...the first body is found. But not the last. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim are up against a ruthless murderer who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can our four friends catch the killer before the killer catches them?" 

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
"Mariana Andros is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes fixated on The Maidens when one member, a friend of Mariana’s niece Zoe, is found murdered in Cambridge. Mariana...becomes convinced that, despite his alibi, Edward Fosca is guilty of the murder. But why would the professor target one of his students? When another body is found, Mariana’s obsession with proving Fosca’s guilt spirals out of control, threatening to destroy her credibility as well as her closest relationships. But Mariana is determined to stop this killer, even if it costs her everything—including her own life." 

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins
"When a young man is found...murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Three women who are – for different reasons – simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace?" 

The Dark Hours
 by Michael Connelly
"Determined to solve [two] cases, [LAPD detective Renée] Ballard feels like she is constantly running uphill in a police department indelibly changed by the pandemic and recent social unrest. It is a department so hampered by inertia and low morale that Ballard must go outside to the one detective she can count on: Harry Bosch. But as the two inexorable detectives work together to find out where old and new cases intersect, they must constantly look over their shoulders. The brutal predators they are tracking are ready to kill to keep their secrets hidden."

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Wayward on Words

Well, we've come to the end of my Jeff Kacirk's Forgotten English page-a-day calendar for vocabulary. It was a great year of weird words.

lethiferous: deadly; fatal. From T. Ellwood Zell's Encyclopedia of Knowledge and Language, 1871

factulence: brightness; clearness. From John Ash's Dictionary of the English Language, 1775

flammivomous: Vomiting or belching flames of fire. From John Bullokar's English Expositor, 1616

lantered: delayed in starting, especially on a journey. From Rev. Marmaduke Morris' Yorkshire Folk-Talk, 1892 

barla-fumble: a call for a truce by one who has fallen in play. From Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1888

frigerifick: causing a cold. From Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, 1755

Each page in this calendar has a paragraph or two relating to the word of the day. I highly recommend the 2022 edition. 

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Wayward Quotes

The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.

                                                                        Josiyah Martin

Florida Crackers

Hiding in the reeds at the Viera Wetlands, in Viera, FL. The American coot has an unfortunate name for such a cute bird. It's also known as a mud hen or a pouldeau. Still, it deserves better. I propose...pudge. And their chicks can be called pudgies.



The Hero

By Siegfried Loraine Sassoon

"Jack fell as he'd have wished," the Mother said,
And folded up the letter that she'd read.
"The Colonel writes so nicely." Something broke
In the tired voice that quavered to a choke.
She half looked up. "We mothers are so proud
Of our dead soldiers." Then her face was bowed.
Quietly the Brother Officer went out.
He'd told the poor old dear some gallant lies
That she would nourish all her days, no doubt.
For while he coughed and mumbled, her weak eyes
Had shone with gentle triumph, brimmed with joy,
Because he'd been so brave, her glorious boy.
He thought how "Jack," cold-footed, useless swine,
Had panicked down the trench that night the mine
Went up at Wicked Corner; how he'd tried
To get sent home; and how, at last, he died,
Blown to small bits. And no one seemed to care
Except that lonely woman with white hair.


The Surprise at the End!

Happy New Year!
This beautiful cat was photographed by Izarbeltza and made available via Flickr
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