Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bortz – Wordplay Wednesday™ 07/26/17

Diamonds Are Forever … Flawed 

Sorry, ladies, and gents who love glitz, but it’s true. The majority of us will never own a flawless diamond, like the Winston Legacy, sold at Christie’s for $26.7 million. Sigh.

But does it truly matter? We love ‘em for the glitter-factor! After all, we still love singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" in Karaoke!

Humans love shiny stuff. OK, maybe that’s just me. Although, “bling” is a thing, so it’s obvious I’m not alone. And nothing glitters like a diamond, or a lovely design of tiny pavé remnants … but beware … know of which is which …

BORTZ (bôrts) n. – a flawed diamond used only for industrial purposes, esp. in crushed form for grinding and polishing [a.k.a. BORT] [WW #122]

It’s generally not too difficult to spot a bortz diamond, as the color—darker, and opacity—denseness, give them away.

But if you have never purchased a diamond (or it’s been waaaay too long), you need a starting point to know what you’re getting, and which yellow brick road will lead you to an informed choice.

This should be a bling-lover’s go-to site for making gemstone decisions: International Gem Society. Their tips, recommendations and gemstone non-bort, quality diamond, grading information are invaluable, and will point you in the right shiny direction.

Word Challenge: BORTZ. Don’t settle for it unless you need a new drill bit; or a fun word for Words with Friends. Admire your pretty diamonds, as you fit bortz into your week of glitzy writings.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Whim-Wham – Wordplay Wednesday™ 07/19/17

Make it a Whimsical Wednesday! 

While some days are magical without forethought, others may need a little nudge.

Granted, few, if any of us lead a fully fanciful life (if we did, what would we look forward to?), but every day should hold at least one moment of magic. Even if it’s only a musing memory as you cradle a treasured trinket in your hand …

WHIM-WHAM (hwimʹhwam’) n. – 1) a fanciful ornament; bauble; trinket; 2) an odd notion, fancy, whim (the whim-whams [informal] – an uneasy, nervous feeling; the jitters). [WW #121]

It doesn’t need to be Wednesday to be a whim-wham day, but it does kinda feel fun rolling off the tongue, doesn’t it? “Whim-Wham Wednesday”!

OK, I confess. My day didn’t start with flights of fancy tickling my mind, so I needed something to boost morale and provoke an attitude adjustment. 

Searching my mind for a positive track to run it on, I idly picked up a San Diego Surf Van mini-snow globe on my desk. Turning it over to stir the rare SoCal snow, I watched vintage reels of summers past, float by on the drifting snowflakes. With a silly smile, I’d found my whim-wham.

But like most things in life, even a winsome word like whim-wham has a dark side … at times, it can go from feel-good fancies and whims, to jittery and jumpy restlessness.

If it does, remember, it’s what you do the moment after that counts. Make it upbeat and lighthearted whenever possible, and you’ll find your whole day flows better. I’m enjoying my Whim-Wham Wednesday, how about you? (Whatever day it is …)

Word Challenge: WHIM-WHAM. Even the most thick-crusted all-business person has a heart that can be stirred by a whim-wham. Help them find their moment of magic as you fit whim-wham into your week of uplifting writings. (And I dare you to say whim-wham ten times super-fast! LOL)

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rebarbative – Wordplay Wednesday 07/12/17

Don’t Be Neutral on Net Neutrality! 

Admittedly, this week’s word provides the foundation for a “soapbox” article. As a solopreneur, I cannot stand idly by while affordable (term used tongue-in-cheek) access to the Internet—the lifeblood of independent entrepreneurs and small business—is threatened. 

REBARBATIVE (ri bärʹbɘ tiv) adj. – repellent, unattractive, forbidding, grim, etc. (literally: “to face beard-to-beard”) [WW #120]

We need to stand “beard-to-beard” in a cohesive voice to the rebarbative FCC, and demand the rights that citizens of the United States just celebrated, for the two-hundred-and-forty-first year:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence)

“Pursuit of Happiness”: Let’s ponder that phrase for a moment … As a money-driven society, it’s tough enough for small business or solo entrepreneur to pursue happiness on a limited budget. But when we are faced with losing the ABILITY to make money using the same worldwide avenues as big business, THAT is oppression. A decidedly rebarbative prospect. 

We have until Tuesday, July 18, 2017, to be heard and hope to change the direction of this imminent ruling. Read more about it here. And a USA Today article of explanation, here This is worth your time, because as you know, once something becomes “law” it’s damned difficult to undo it.

If you already know the basics and just want to RAISE YOUR VOICE about it to the FCC, click here to add your comments (as a “Filer”) to the proceedings (17-108 Restoring Internet Freedom) and BE HEARD.*

My thanks to Go Daddy for prodding its customers into action with a note on its home page. The rock they skipped into the sea of humanity spurred me into action. I’m hoping my ripple will extend to you … and you … and you …

*NOTE: By registering a comment, it and your information will be public.** Go here to read some of more than 6,732,471 filings. Heartfelt, demanding, logical, and funny …”You’re being Nazis. Stop.” … we ARE (mostly) of one voice! **Although, as one filer proved, nothing is verified before posted, so his address is listed as “123 Fucknazis Blvd.” It’s unlikely he’ll be taken seriously in this serious matter, and someone will undoubtedly take offense. If you’re not willing to be legitimately recognized, perhaps you can sound off in another positive way.

Word Challenge: REBARBATIVE. There are times in life when a “beard-to-beard” rebarbative confrontation is warranted. This is one of them. Consider how you can make a difference, as you fit rebarbative into your week of righteous writings.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 


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