Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Fond Farewell

It was a year ago almost to the day that I began this little event called 1 + 1 Wednesday over at my other blog. Now it's time for me to halt production on it. There are so many ventures I'd like to devote my energies to and while frivolity is the spice of life, I can't be responsible for all of it!

The first 1 + 1  post was threadbare. I didn't know if anyone would follow me on that journey of experimentation but follow you did. Over time, the game has morphed into various shapes and colors. But that was the point. 1 + 1 was about going with the flow.

But whose flow? As far as I was concerned, 1 + 1 belonged to you. You were the stars of the show. It was your energy that made it what it was--a beautiful world of voices singing.

For you faithful 1 + 1 fans, old and new, and you know who you are,  I can't thank you enough for your generosity and support. For anyone who has ever stopped in to give 1 + 1 a try, my heartfelt thanks.

This blog will be here as an archive or if you just feel like visiting once in a while to drop two words. The Facebook page and the Twitter page I'll probably delete.

If you are a writer or if you like to read good writing, take a look at my new blog, Third Sunday Blog Carnival. Third Sunday Blog Carnival is also on Twitter and Facebook.

In the mean time. you can still keep up the tradition. At least once a week, express yourself without fear of reprisal, even if it's just on real or virtual paper and no one sees it but you.
Want to thank you for the party, I could never stay
Many thangs is on my mind, words in the way

Want to thank you falettinme be mice elf agin
--Sly and the Family Stone

© Adriene Joyce and 1 + 1 Wednesday, 2011.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Words to Live By: French Fries

A burger is only as good as the french fries that go with it.

Of all the fast food chains, McDonalds has the best fries--as long as you eat them within minutes of leaving the fryer. When they get cold, they taste like three-day-old cardboard.

The taste of a french fry should be reminiscent of potatoes.

Ketchup is the condiment of the devil.

The marks of a good mid-level chain restaurant are friendly service, free soda refills, and decent french fries.

Opt for sweet potato fries instead of traditional french fries when given the choice: Same grease, less guilt.

Chili fries with cheese are good, except for the questionable meat and the vomiting.

Did I miss anything?

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Leave two words in the comments section. Your two-word idea can be simple, complex, or completely random. Say something important, or make no sense whatsoever. Comment as many times as you want with two-word combinations.

The only restriction on language is this: No slurs against race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. Such comments will be deleted as soon as I’m able.

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© Adriene Joyce and 1 + 1 Wednesday, 2011.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Do You Know the Punchline to This Joke?

I'll get to the joke in a minute. But first, do you know what the deal is with 1 + 1 Wednesday?

1 + 1 is not a joke but rather an exercise, and experiment, a state of mind. It's looking over the edge of the cliff then taking a leap of faith because you know you can fly. It's unbuttoning your shirt, you sexy beast, or it's standing over the sidewalk grate enjoying the gush of air on your nethers while you hold down your billowing dress.

Or maybe it's just two words. I don't know, I'm just typing. This post is not turning out the way I thought it would.

I'm reminded of these lyrics from the Gnarls Barkley song "Crazy":
I remember when, I remember
I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place
Even your emotions have an echo in so much space ...

Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Possibly ...
Anyway, the joke I was going to tell doesn't make sense anymore in the context of this post, so I'll tell it another time.

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© Adriene Joyce and 1 + 1 Wednesday, 2011.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Her, Him, or Hu?

One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to language is the conventional use of the male pronoun to stand for humankind in general, such as in the sentence, "Everyone is entitled to his opinion."

We feminist types who believe that this convention is sexist are likely to say instead, "Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion." But even that bothers me: Why do we always put the male pronoun first? So quite often, I'll veer from the tradition and say, "Everyone is entitled to her or his opinion."

Sometimes, what some people do, and I will, too (though it hurts my heart), is say "Everyone is entitled to their opinion," which is grammatically incorrect but has become acceptable in our modern times as a way to avoid the his/her awkwardness.

For years, some have been trying to popularize new "gender-neutral" words to fix the problem. According to a post in the Oxford University Press blog, the word thon (short for that one) gained popularity in the late 1800s. Other words that have been proposed over time include ne, heesh, and ze. I can attest that the word hu (pronounced huh) is presently being promoted as an alternative.

Does the she/he thing bother you? Do you think we should come up with a new word? 

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As you ponder that question, take some time to play  1 + 1 Wednesday! Leave two words in the comments section. Your two-word idea can be simple, complex, or completely random. Say something important, or make no sense whatsoever. Comment as many times as you want with two-word combinations.

The only restriction on language is this: No slurs against race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. Such comments will be deleted as soon as I’m able.

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Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

© Adriene Joyce and 1 + 1 Wednesday, 2011.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Through a Holiday Darkly

thanks giving

through within
gratitude stabs
the coldest
betrayal splits
blank stares
carves thick
thieves with
hot precision
diamond eyed
sweet cornucopia

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Thank you for visiting and Happy Thanksgiving!

© Adriene Joyce and 1 + 1 Wednesday, 2011.