Posted in August 2013


“Shouted or whispered, it was a powerful word. Intimidating. Terrifying, even. Marriages were ruined by scandals. Businesses, reputations, lives. A mere threat could be devastating. People went to great lengths to prevent them. Threaten someone with a scandal and you had power over him. Leverage. Control.”  This quote from The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly, … Continue reading


I saw this word, tentacular while reading “The House I Loved” by Tatiana de Rosnay for book club. She refers to the streets of Paris having become, “gigantic, tentacular!” I immediately knew what that meant and formed a vivid mental image. This is the joy of effective word choice. The book itself received a lukewarm … Continue reading