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Fourth letter word game:

Six letter sentence game:

Words from sentences:

Seven letter game:

A New Lil Game:

Can You Name A Colorful Book Title? :

Ellen Bales
5 Hours Ago


Please say a prayer for my sister, who is undergoing a heart cath as we speak. She is 86 and has congestive heart failure and also A-fib. The last few days her breathing has been very labored. They are talking about installing a pacemaker if she is strong enough. The family would greatly appreciate any and all prayers! Thank you so much!

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Ellen Bales
Wednesday at 11:22 PM


This Is Why You Should NEVER Refrigerate Tomatoes

If you unpack all of your fresh groceries straight into the refrigerator, a new study suggests you're making a big error. While the icy conditions are usually beneficial for prolonging the life of fruit and vegetables, researchers at The University of Florida have found that keeping tomatoes in the fridge could do more harm than good.

The study, which was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that tomatoes stored at chilly temperates undergo irreversible genetic damage that changes their flavors. If you've ever wondered why that plump tomato tasted so good at the farmer's market but seemed dull and tasteless days later in your salad, this could be why.

Lead researcher Harry J. Klee told The New York Times the subtropical fruit appears to go into shock when stored at around 41 degrees Farenheit—roughly the same temperature as a refrigerator. When the fruits were taken out of the fridge to warm up, some genes in the tomatoes appeared to have "turned off and stayed off."

The solution? A tomato's flavor changes as soon as it's picked from the vine, so growing them yourself will produce the best tasting fruit. Otherwise, keep store-bought tomatoes well away from the refrigerator and stash them in a bowl at room temperature. Your salad is about to get a whole lot tastier.

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Cassie *
Wednesday at 10:59 AM

Blessed Wednesday

Have a wonderful day everyone!

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Ellen Bales
Oct 11, 2016


Here are some words and expressions commonly misused. Which ones are you guilty of? Which ones bug you when someone else uses them?

1. And also -- This is often redundant.

2. And/or -- Outside of the legal world, most of the time this construction is used, it is neither necessary nor logical. Try using one word or the other.

3. As to whether -- The single word whether will suffice.

4. Basically, essentially, totally -- These words seldom add anything useful to a sentence. Try the sentence without them and, almost always, you will see the sentence improve.

5. Being that or being as -- These words are a non-standard substitute for because. Being that Because I was the youngest child, I always wore hand-me-downs.

6. Considered to be -- Eliminate the to be and, unless it's important who's doing the considering, try to eliminate the entire phrase.

7. Due to the fact that -- Using this phrase is a sure sign that your sentence is in trouble. Did you mean because? Due to is acceptable after a linking verb (The team's failure was due to illness among the stars.); otherwise, avoid it.

8. Each and every -- One or the other, but not both.

9. Equally as -- Something can be equally important or as important as, but not equally as important.

10. Etc. This abbreviation often suggests a kind of laziness. It might be better to provide one more example, thereby suggesting that you could have written more, but chose not to.

11. He/she is a convention created to avoid gender bias in writing, but it doesn't work very well and it becomes downright obtrusive if it appears often. Use he or she or pluralize (where appropriate) so you can avoid the problem of the gender-specific pronoun altogether.

12. Firstly, secondly, thirdly, etc. - Number things with first, second, third, etc. and not with these adverbial forms.

13.Got - Many writers regard got as an ugly word, and they have a point. If you can avoid it in writing, do so. I have got to must begin studying right away. I have got two pairs of sneakers.

14. Had ought or hadn't ought. - Eliminate the auxiliary had. You hadn't ought not to pester your sister that way.

15. Interesting One of the least interesting words in English, the word you use to describe an ugly baby. If you show us why something is interesting, you're doing your job.

16. In terms of - See if you can eliminate this phrase.

17. Irregardless - No one word will get you in trouble with the boss faster than this one.

18. Kind of or sort of. - These are OK in informal situations, but in formal academic prose, substitute somewhat, rather or slightly. We were kind of rather pleased with the results.

18. Literally - This word might be confused with literarily, a seldom used adverb relating to authors or scholars and their various professions. Usually, though, if you say it's "literally a jungle out there," you probably mean figuratively, but you're probably better off without either word.

19. Lots or lots of - In academic prose, avoid these colloquialisms when you can use many or much. Remember, when you do use these words, that lots of something countable are plural. Remember, too, that a lot of requires three words: "He spent a lot of money" (not alot of).

20. Just - Use only when you need it, as in just the right amount.

21. Nature - See if you can get rid of this word. Movies of a violent nature are probably just violent movies.

22. Necessitate - It's hard to imagine a situation that would necessitate the use of this word.

23. Of - Don't write would of, should of, could of when you mean would have, should have, could have.

24. On account of - Use because instead.

25. Only - Look out for placement. Don't write "He only kicked that ball ten yards" when you mean "He kicked that ball only ten yards."

26. Orientate - The new students become oriented, not orientated. The same thing applies to administrate -- we administer a project.

Ellen Bales
Oct 8, 2016


Do you like watching movies? Whether on TV, in theaters, or streaming on the Internet, there are a lot of good films out there, past and present, and a lot of bad ones too.

Come join MOVIE GEEKS UNITED and tell us about it. What are your favorites? Which ones do you hate? Take fun quizzes. View trailers for new and old films. Write a review!

We would be happy to have you join us!

Jeanne Gliddon
Oct 3, 2016


I received this email today from an old friend and thought that it warranted sharing! He did not compose it but was sharing it with all of his friends!!

Remember when

Heavens to Murgatroyd! Would you believe the email spell checker did not recognize the word murgatroyd?

Lost Words from our childhood: Words gone as fast as the buggy whip! Sad really!

The other day a not so elderly (70ish) lady said something to her son about driving a jalopy and he looked at her quizzically and said "What the heck is a jalopy? Oh, Oh a new phrase! He had never heard of the word jalopy? She knew she was old but not that old.

Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology.

These phrases included "Don't touch that dial," "Carbon copy,"

"You sound like a broken record" and "Hung out to dry."

Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie.

We'd put on our best bib and tucker to straighten up and fly right.

Heavens to Betsy!

Gee whillikers!

Jumping Jehoshaphat!

Holy moley!

We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley, and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a knucklehead, a Nincompoop or a pill.

Not for all the tea in China!

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell,

but when's the last time anything was swell?

Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A., and of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers.

Oh, my aching back. Kilroy was here, but he isn't anymore.

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, well I'll be a monkey's uncle! or, This is a kettle of fish! We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind

We blink, and they're gone. Where have all those phrases gone?

Long gone: Pshaw,

The milkman did it.

Hey! It's your nickel.

Don't forget to pull the chain.

Knee high to a grasshopper.

Well, Fiddlesticks!

Going like sixty.

I'll see you in the funny papers.

Don't take any wooden nickels.

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills.

This can be disturbing stuff! We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times.

For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age.

We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory.

It's one of the greatest advantages of aging.

See ya later alligator.

Eileen Hineline
Oct 2, 2016


Hello everyone, It is finally nice to say Autumn is here, still warm where I live in Az. Autumn is my favorite time of year and I have enjoyed making a new cookbook with good feedback, thank you all who took the time to view it and leave comments. I just made another one tonight-on Apple recipes and I have followed every single step and I think it turned out great, however, it keeps saying, oops there was an error in doing your book, does anyone here know whats up with this? I checked it 3 times and cant get it to publish, is there a limit to how many you can do?
I know I made many, 118 to count and this would be 119. I hope to get some feedback as to why this cant be done, thank you in advance.
Eileen Hineline.