My little black book

The history of the phrase little black book is quite colorful. (Pun intended!) As with many English idioms containing the word black, this one refers to something mysterious or even potentially shameful. People may refer to a journal or part of a journal as their black book or little black book. This means that it … Continue reading My little black book

Ants in your pants

That's right folks, it is time for another adventure from the ranch! When we got our property, it was overrun with thistles. That first summer it was an everyday job to spray them with weed killer, made specially for them. We had pump up sprayers that you put the weed killer in, mix with water, … Continue reading Ants in your pants

Ignore it

If someone calls you fat, just ignore them. You are bigger than that. To ignore is to refuse to pay attention to; to disregard; to pass over or by without notice; to treat as if not known; and to leave out of account. I am reading through Job in my One Year Bible, and three … Continue reading Ignore it

Think outside the box

I just love speaking with kids. They have not been conformed to “behaving like an adult” yet, and the things they say delight me. They truly think outside the box. Thinking outside the box is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel or … Continue reading Think outside the box

Hands off!

A turtle walks into a bar, but the owner grabs it and throws it out. It came back five months later and yells, “Get your hands off me!” The phrase hands off implies the establishing of boundaries. It is behavior characterized by non-intervention and non-interference. My word for this year is Freedom. I am working … Continue reading Hands off!