Sunday, May 22, 2016

Mutterings- May 22

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Disdain :: Scorn
  2. Ridiculous :: Posture
  3. Staple :: Diet
  4. Junk :: Food
  5. Sally :: Aunt
  6. Satire :: TW3 (That Was The Week That Was - satire from the 60s)
  7. Calculate :: Log
  8. Remove :: List
  9. Swollen :: Glands
  10. Helpful :: Message
List

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mutterings- May 17

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Relevant :: Contemporary
  2. Fester :: Wound
  3. Moving :: Pictures
  4. Bubble :: Westminster
  5. Skyline :: Silhouette (spelt correctly I hope, well firefox agrees with me!)
  6. Purchase :: Card
  7. Strange :: Scary
  8. Sticky :: Bob (a plant with lots of hooks and stickyness on its seed pods, I think that's what we called it)
  9. Haircut :: Bob (inevitable given the line above!)
  10. Package :: Postal

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - May 10


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
While a dowry was an accepted part of a young woman's admission to holy orders, advance payment may have bordered on irregular practice. Gradually as the women started to show their worth, local support grew and the carping decreased.
from Fiona Maddocks Hildegard of Bingen The Woman of her Age lots of interesting historical detail but I'm not sure it quite gets to the person of the woman, though as a lot of the documentation is rather sketchy maybe that's not surprising? From the Observer review:
The 12th century anchorite Hildegard of Bingen possessed a clutch of talents which would make even the most eclectic of media-donnas curdle with envy. Writer, visionary, prophet, composer, artist, herbalist, politician, preacher, property owner, upbraider of emperors and favourite of Popes, she could even exorcise demons and heal the sick. She invented her own language, wrote one of the earliest surviving morality plays, established her own convent, terrorised her detractors, and, when she died, was mourned by nuns and reverently biographised by monks.
Maddocks reluctant view - in so far as she passes it on - is that Hildegard is more likely to have encouraged the music rather than written it herself.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mutterings - May 10

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Training :: Physical
  2. Welcome! :: Mat
  3. Mold :: Penicillin
  4. Transcript :: Verbatim
  5. Inbox :: Folder
  6. Spoils :: War (or to the victor?)
  7. Presentation :: Laptop
  8. Week :: 18 (at least it was on Friday!)
  9. Keeper :: Finder
  10. Mandatory :: Field

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - May 5


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
In the meadow where the trail had been trodden into a narrow trench several inches deep she told me about the time the campers complained that there was a crazy guy in their campground who stayed up all night wandering in circles muttering to himself, a guy who turned out to be an eminent but deranged mathematician. Somewhere in the course of these stories - maybe during the one about the babysitter and the amanita mushrooms - Michael commented that the consequence of the theory that nature is supposed to make you happy is that those most desperately in search of happiness tend to show up there.
From Rebecca Solnit's wanderlust - A History of Walking' - I carefully chose these 2 sentences as they were far too much fun - 'there' is the Sierra Nevada. This book had - I thought a slow start I nearly abandoned it but I am now really enjoying the book. Here's the author's website and a review. I enjoyed the wide breadth of topics she covered - I'd read much of the climbing histories and rights of way issues in the Peak District in the 1930's but her writing about walking in Paris was interesting and often provocative. There did seem to be a lot of coverage of the same places though!

Monday, May 02, 2016

Mutterings - May 2

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Destroy :: Create
  2. Recipe :: Method
  3. Condemn :: Rule
  4. Hallucinate :: Flashing
  5. Blurry :: Vision
  6. Notification :: Emailed
  7. Version 2.0 :: 0 1
  8. Moist :: Moss
  9. Stagnate :: Stink (I don't think I'd spotted stagnate to get the above answer - sphagnum moss?)
  10. Disaster :: Titanic

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mutterings - Apr 26

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Delay :: Without
  2. Knock knock :: Who's There?
  3. Pointless :: Celebrities
  4. Crook :: Hook
  5. Rating :: Parental (guidance..)
  6. Orange :: Phone (company)
  7. Update :: Computer
  8. PG-13 :: Film
  9. Routine :: Scan
  10. Werewolf :: Grey hair!