Recently I discovered the site “Fifty Word Stories” http://fiftywordstories.com/.  I am enjoying reading what writers can cram into 50 or fewer words.  Check it out; I’m sure you will be astonished by the creativity there.   The site is run by Tim, who spent a year writing these kinds of micro-stories before turning it into an online magazine.

 

Inspired by what I saw on the site, I tried writing my own 50 word story.  Here is the story and below it is the explanation because I’m sure a lot of people will not get the references.

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Guess Who Built A Car

My mechanic isn’t your typical American woman.  She built her own car!  Before these eyes saw it, I was laughing.  It has a Cummings engine and a Bachman Turner overdrive.  She finished it in no time.  It’s a good vehicle for taking care of business or to let it ride.

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Here is the explanation for those of you who aren’t fans of The Guess Who (and Bachman Turner Overdrive and Burton Cummings):  The parts underlined are the names of songs.  In red letters are band names.  After performing as The Guess Who, the band broke up, Randy Bachman and friends forming Bachman Turner Overdrive and Burton Cummings performing solo.  Cummings also sounds and looks like Cummins (http://www.cummins.com/), the name of an American engine manufacturer.  Overdrives are a type of gear often found on cars.

Guess Who Built A Car

My mechanic isn’t your typical American woman.  She built her own car!  Before these eyes saw it, I was laughing.  It has a Cummings engine and a Bachman Turner overdrive.  She finished it in no time.  It’s a good vehicle for taking care of business or to let it ride.

On my list of authors that “I have to read one day” has been Urusula K. Le Guin. Having just finished Changing Planes, I wish I hadn’t waited so long. I found myself effortlessly carried away into the story.

Keeping with my book review style, I’m not going to go into any detail about the book’s content. I found her concept creative and her storytelling suberb. She has won herself another fan.

Of course, I’m not a great writer or critic, so if you need a more qualified endorsement, the back cover of the book has a quote from another author I admire. Marageret Atwood writes:

“All Le Guin’s stories are… metaphors for the human story; all her fantastic planets are this one. Le Guin is a quintessentially American writer, of the sort for whom the quest for the Peaceable Kingdom is ongoing.”

Title: Changing Planes
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Illustrator: Eric Beddows
Publisher: Harcourt Inc.
Copyright: 2003
ISBN: 0-15-100971-6
Website: http://www.HarcourtBooks.com

Author’s Website: http://www.ursulakleguin.com/

 

Continuing with the theme of politics, here are two quotes:

“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”  — Samuel Johnson.

“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears above ground he is a protector.”  — Socrates in Plato’s The Republic.
(My source is the book, “The Full Catastrophe” by James Angelos)
Recently in Canada there has been a lot of talk and some action about revising the way governments are formed.  I’ve got my ideas about what I think should be done and what shouldn’t be done.  For now though, I’m just going to show how it is possible for a person or party to win an election without the support of the majority of voters.  I also realize that I’ve extremely simplified things, so the info graphic that I’m showing below is primarily meant to start a conversation.
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It is the holiday season and the year is coming to a close.  It is still not too late for me to write a thoughtful post.  This won’t be it, though.

 

First, consider the brand name OXO. This name for the collection of innovative home products is a made up word that was chosen because it looks the same regardless of the manner someone is holding an OXO item.

 

Now take a look at two photos of the same gift wrapping paper.  The top photo shows the way the manufacturer intended people to look at it.  (Why “Ho Ho” and not “Ho Ho Ho” is another discussion.)  Below it is the other way it is read.  Oh, oh!

 

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I’ve come across a lot of quotes attributed to Albert Einstein.  Many I’m sure are his, but some aren’t.  Einstein isn’t unique in this regard, this happens to other people, too.  Some are accidents, but others I believe are the result of people trying to spread a message and using someone famous to give their idea credibility.

With that in mind, I created the following non-serious Albert Einstein  image quote.  (By the way, he died years before the internet was created.)

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Fake Einstein Quote

Alan Kay said that the best way to predict the future is to invent it.  With that in mind, the best way to stay ahead of trends, is to start them.  To explain my idea, a little history is needed.

 

People have been calling their loved ones “baby” for ages.  That’s a word with two syllables.  Of course, it is human nature to look for shortcuts, so many years ago “baby” became “babe”.  Same amount of letters, but now only one syllable.  That seemed to do, but a short time ago, even that was shortened by some to “bae”.  Still a syllable, but without the consonant sound at the end and one less letter to type into your phone.

 

Was it necessary?  It doesn’t matter.  If you don’t want to sound like a fuddy-duddy (you know, like the kind of person who says “fuddy-duddy”) then you have to adapt.  Therefore, to help everyone out, I’m recommending people start using “b” as an affectionate name for their loved ones.  It is pronounced like bee, without the “ee” sound.  (That’s right, it just the consonant b.)

 

You’re welcome.