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Word of the day and happy Thursday

Word of the day from

juju \JOO-joo\, noun:

1. An object superstitiously believed to embody magical powers.
2. The power associated with a juju.

And for those of us on an Monday-Friday work schedule, Happy Thursday.

A lazy post

I’m too tired to manage an ambitious post tonight, so I’m going to offer The Bee Gees singing ‘Words.’

Words: Prosthodontist

What does a prosthodontist do for a living?

He/she practices prosthodontics, of course.

According to, prosthodontics is:

the branch of dentistry that deals with the restoration and maintenance of oral function by the replacement of missing teeth and other oral structures by artificial devices.

Super words.

I heard a commercial on the radio tonight–a local prosthodontist is looking for new business.

Word junky

I’ve always been in love with words.

As a child, I spent many happy hours reading, mostly fiction.

I discovered Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie in high school, and my addiction to books and reading became full blown.

Now that I’m (much) older, I try to read as many different kinds of books and magazines as possible, but reading mystery stories is still my drug of choice.

This blog shall be about my reading habit, my love affair with words and the way authors arrange words to tell their stories.

Here’s what I’m reading right now:

  • Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, June 2008. This issue contains a beautiful remembrance to Edward D. Hoch.
  • Kindred, a book by Seattle writer Octavia E. Butler.
  • The May 5, 2008 issue of The New Yorker, which features an Annie Proulx story, “Them Old Cowboy Songs.”

Last night, I finished Killer Heat by Linda Fairstein.

All of the above titles are in book and magazine form, but I must admit that I am a slave to the internet.

In the past few years, my reading of real books has decreased a bit, I’m ashamed to admit, because I’m so enthralled by the words written on blogs, web sites, and news channels. I rarely read an actual newspaper any more.

So I will also be blogging about what I read on the web, blogs and web sites that focus on reading, words, writers, stories, and new books.

Happy reading.

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