Join our Blog Jog Day!

I’ve noticed that our membership has dropped off sharply in the last few days, which made me remember a fun membership drive that I participated in a few years back.



It’s called “The Blog Jog” and it works like this: email your blog’s website address to me at I’ll make a master list of all our blogs and post them on a thread for our Blog Jog day. By signing up to be on this list you will agree to visit each blog on Blog Jog Day and leave a short greeting on each blog.



It’s fun and it doesn’t take that much time. We’ll get a chance to see a lot of new and interesting writing from the other members here, and we’ll also get an intense amount of traffic to our own blogs.

You don’t have to subscribe to any of the blogs if you don’t want to, but you will be exposed to new authors, writers, and fellow networkers. It’ll be a blast and it’s only for the one day. Try it, try it, I say!!

My guiding star

Lodestar is a noun meaning: someone or something that serves as a guiding principle, model, inspiration, ambition, etc.



ETYMOLOGY: From Old English lad (way) + star. A lodestar is called so because it’s used in navigation, it shows the way. Earliest documented use: 1374


“He was her rock, the lodestar on which she could focus.” Laura Benedict; Bliss House; Pegasus Books; 2014.

Our word for today is from, where you can sign up to receive a word a day via email!

How to fully enjoy this blog

blog-post-pic1First of all, if you read the posts and like them, please leave a short response or comment on that post. We have several writers donating their time and talent to bring you fresh, original content and they’ll certainly appreciate the feedback.



Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

If you’d like to be one of our writers, and have an idea for what I call a “thread” (a column you can post once a week), please offer an idea for your column in the comment section below and we can talk about it. Currently we have Wednesdays and Saturdays available.


blog-post-pic2Share the blog address on all your social media sites and encourage your friends to join us, it’ll increase our readership and our collective voice.

Here’s our address:

Most of all, I want to thank you all for your participation, readership and good vibes!

Here’s a snippet of the countries where the blog is being read:blog-stats-for-1-28-17


No comments from the “peanut gallery”!

My father has been on my mind lately, he used a lot of colorful expressions, like calling us (my brother, sister and I) “the peanut gallery” when we were in high spirits and acting silly. It came as a mild shock that, in fact, it wasn’t used to describe silliness at all. Here is what I discovered this morning:

peanut-gallery1The “peanut gallery” (noun) means:

  1. The hindmost or uppermost section of seating in a theater balcony, where the seats are cheapest. (2.) In reference to theaters, of the section with the highest, cheapest seats; hence “people who occupy a (theater) gallery” (contrasted with “gentlemen of the pit”) first by Lovelace, 1640s, hence “to play to the gallery”.

So, it’s a slight to those people who can’t afford the expensive seats.


  1. A group of people whose opinions are considered unimportant: “Pressure is building … to force … Alan Greenspan to cut interest rates and pump up the money supply. [He] has politely ignored these catcalls from the peanut gallery” (H. Erich Heinemann).




  1. A source of insignificant criticism: “No remarks from the peanut gallery!”[1885–90, American slang]