Random Amazon Review We Like

It has a lot of imagination and that is what counts. Quinn is a wonderful writer with very good grammar. – Lorenzo Razo on Thereby Hangs A Tail.

“Where does this fabled grammar of yours come from?” Admin says.

“A series of fearsome English teachers in my childhood,” Spence says. “We used to parse sentences until there was blood on the page. I have a feeling that doesn’t happen much anymore. How about I tell you about using real ink and the challenge that presents to a lefty?”

“I think we’ve gone far enough down memory lane.”

Welcome Rex.

“Which is king in Latin,” Spence says. “Did I mention Latin grammar? There were years and – “



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91 Responses to “Random Amazon Review We Like”

  1. B. Stover
    8:37 am on July 18th, 2013

    “…fearsome English teachers….” Are there any other kind?

    Good morning all.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:46 am on July 18th, 2013

    What’s wrong with grammar? Gooood morning, everyone! Have a thunderstruck Thursday.

  3. Rose
    8:50 am on July 18th, 2013


    Have a good day, HOH and Sharon! Stay cool!

    HRH B, Where are your travels taking you and Charlie today. Wherever in the worlld you may be, enjoy!

  4. Herd of Hounds
    8:58 am on July 18th, 2013

    Hey, Rose, cool back at ya! Summer with a vengeance! At least this summer waited for July to begin here, not March like last 2 years 🙁

  5. Basil and Sage
    9:09 am on July 18th, 2013

    Hey – Mama is a lefty too. However, grammatically challenged as she is, that is probably her only commonality with OFA.
    Well, then again, they both love the ocean and the Southwest and Chet and Bernie. And they will both be in Falmouth this weekend.
    Wonder how OFA feels about stuffed quahogs.

  6. O'Howlers
    9:33 am on July 18th, 2013

    Good morning! Mom had to mow grass last evening. She was hot; we were annoyed.
    Today is supposed to be even hotter than it has been. The heat index will be ~105 according to the weather dudes. It will never get that bad on lur farm, thank Dog.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    9:44 am on July 18th, 2013

    Good morning all. So therefore, does that make Spence a grammatician or a grammarian?

    Guess who is left handed at this house! Yup, Barb is a lefty. Wonder how many of us are.

    Very hot here too. Tomorrow may be the worst then we will get some relief. Staying inside most of the day where we have it a comfy 76.

    Barb said she would love to try those quahogs.

  8. B. Stover
    10:34 am on July 18th, 2013

    What is a grammatician?

  9. Barb & Maggie
    10:36 am on July 18th, 2013

    A noun describing a person who studies grammar.

  10. Tupper and Gilly
    10:55 am on July 18th, 2013

    Grammatician – a specialist who buries you with syntax, structure and correct usage of the word “read”

    (tee hee)

  11. Tupper and Gilly
    10:56 am on July 18th, 2013

    Grammatician – a professionial who buries you with syntax, structure and correct usage of the word “read”

    (tee hee)

  12. dawson
    11:08 am on July 18th, 2013

    I love the sentence, “We used to parse sentences until there was blood on the page.” Blood is no longer allowed, parsing is optional.

    “Oppresive” heat today, according to the weatherwoman, and I concur. I’d stay inside but Dad has an appointment at 12:30 – in the heat of the day.

  13. O'Howlers
    11:27 am on July 18th, 2013

    Pop is a lefty.

  14. c.hobbit
    11:54 am on July 18th, 2013

    I wonder how Spence writes his “Rs.” My sister and I are two years apart and she writes her’s the old fashioned way whereas I learned the modern way. Also, he must not have been old enough to be in the era where teachers tried to make lefties write right-handed.

    HRH B should play the Where in the World are B & C game. Give us clues and we will guess. This blog can improve both our grammar and our geographic knowledge.

    Off to Anchorage again. I have timed it right: the weather here is going through a cool spell (it is to be in the 50s on Saturday) but Anchorage should be in the 70s for a few days. Vet prescribed Xanax for the dog so I will test it out on this trip.

  15. Herd of Hounds
    11:55 am on July 18th, 2013

    AS is the Daddy Dawg.

  16. B. Stover
    12:05 pm on July 18th, 2013

    “Fear no more the heat o’ the sun,/Nor the furious winter’s rages….”

    Charlie and I are going to Stratford-Upon-Avon.

  17. Herd of Hounds
    12:12 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Thrice around the cauldron go, in the poisoned entrails throw.

  18. B. Stover
    12:24 pm on July 18th, 2013

    “Eye of newt, and toe of frog, / Wool of bat, and tongue of dog….” Yikes!

  19. Barb & Maggie
    12:32 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Strike that last line for Pete’s sake! No tongue of dog! Bad, bad Wills! We have heard that he was not a dog lover.

  20. Herd of Hounds
    12:33 pm on July 18th, 2013

    HRHB….way toooo graphic. Apologize to Charlie

  21. dawson
    12:37 pm on July 18th, 2013

    I’m not sure but I think the bat can spare some wool.

  22. B. Stover
    12:44 pm on July 18th, 2013

    I’ve explained to Charlie that those words are spoken by the witches. (I may be making this up, but I thought the witches were called “The Weird Sisters.”) We’re leaving Macbeth and going back to Cymbeline and then to an evening performance of Hamlet. (I’ve explained “revenge tragedy” to Charlie.)

  23. Melanie
    12:45 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Love Stratford-Upon-Avon. Went with YSAS’s acting camp. They took over the garden, and spouted Shakespeare. Tourists were impressed!

    OTAS and I are both righties.

    Then there is YSAS. He is right handed, but left eye dominant. Sports that required aiming were a problem until we figured it out.

    Back to PACKING!

  24. Basil and Sage
    12:46 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Only thing Mama knows about the Scottish Play is the line “out, out dam spot” and that the phrase “milk of human kindness” comes from there.

  25. Melanie
    12:48 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Does that make Dawson, Staff and the Katty Librarian Weird Sisters? Or Witches?

    Forgot to say. YSAS is working nights on the film now. They start at 4:30 pm and go to 3:30 am or longer. That continues until Sunday. Then they get a day off and start over.

    The NICE thing is it’s a tad cooler at night.

    The Not NICE thing is the people in the Bronx where they are filming are throwing marshmallows and bottle caps at them.

  26. Barb & Maggie
    12:57 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Have never heard of a dominate eye! How do you even discover something like that?

    Barb is strongly left handed, but does some thing right handed, because her mom was a righty and Barb learned from her. Cutting with scissors, ironing and knitting are some of the things that she does right handed. All sports were left handed, and she always starts off on her left foot.

  27. Herd of Hounds
    1:13 pm on July 18th, 2013

    HRH B: Let’s try sonnet LXVI . I can translate if needed.

  28. B. Stover
    1:27 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Is LXVI 66? Go ahead and translate HOH.

  29. Barb & Maggie
    1:32 pm on July 18th, 2013

    OK, Just went on Google and found out how to tell which eye is dominate. Barb is left eye dominate, in case anyone cares. Snicker. Learned something today, Mleanie.

  30. Rose
    1:33 pm on July 18th, 2013

    B&M, Phil Mickelson (I love him) golfs left-handed only because he mirrored his father’s right handed swing. He does everything else right handed.

  31. Herd of Hounds
    1:33 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Line 7: “And right perfection wrongly disgraced,” (And TY HRH B for that)

  32. Barb & Maggie
    1:35 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Yes, we believe it is 66.

    Also researched Raine Stockton series, and there are now 7 in the series. This one is quick reading and fun, so will order the 2nd one. Thanks to Wookie’s Dad for the recommendation.

  33. Herd of Hounds
    1:48 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Wookie’s Dad: if mom is reading the map correctly, Prince George’s Co. is south and east of you, with no h2o, and you are ok?

  34. B. Stover
    1:51 pm on July 18th, 2013

    HOH: What does line 7 mean? It’s been a long time since I read the Sonnets. (I always thought that the “rose” in Sonnet 1 which editors of the Norton Anthology suggest means “the poet’s name for the object of his desire,” actually refers to the poet’s work…plays, poetry.)

  35. Herd of Hounds
    2:05 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Just meant 7th line of the 14 line sonnet.

  36. Herd of Hounds
    2:11 pm on July 18th, 2013

    HRH B Sorry, I am working out of the 1961 “Craig text” as our prof at U of Redlands used to say. Was trying to exculpate you from the “tongue of dog” bit.

  37. Rose
    2:12 pm on July 18th, 2013

    RIO! Please check your SDD when able.

  38. B. Stover
    2:33 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Thank you HOH. (I love the word “exculpate.”)

  39. Herd of Hounds
    2:38 pm on July 18th, 2013


  40. Barb & Maggie
    4:18 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Enjoying the first Raine Stockton book so much that we just ordered the 2nd, Rapid Fire, from our library. It may take a few days because our library does not carry the series. Barb will be done with Smoky Mountain Tracker in a day or two. This is a series that youse guys will like. What could be better than a mystery series with a dog?

  41. Melaine
    4:40 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Hmmm. Both Zoe and I have finished the entire Raine series. I believe we started them the day Wöökies’s Dad mentioned it. They are fun with a good mystery. Not up in OFA’s caliber, nice and light.

    Had to rest my back on the heating pad. I hate Wallyworld. Helpful people that told me to go to opposite sides of the store FOUR times. Ended up getting face paint at Mich . . Craft store.

    More to do, but time to rest.

  42. dawson
    4:48 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Weird Sisters: We do have in our ancestry a woman who died in prison the night before she was to be burned at the stake in the 1600’s. Weird?

  43. dawson
    4:59 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Melanie: In case I don’t post before you leave tomorrow, you have a great weekend!

  44. Melanie
    5:04 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Thanks Dawson. I’ll meet you at the dead of night on the next new moon.

  45. Barb & Maggie
    5:48 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Melanie, what is the face paint for? Have a fun 3 day-weekend.

  46. Herd of Hounds
    6:06 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Melanie: Safe Trip OR Pirt Efas for the terminally dyslexic.

  47. Barb & Maggie
    6:14 pm on July 18th, 2013

    C. Hobbit, When Barb went to grade school, they didn’t try to make her write right handed, but her 3rd grade teacher made her flip her hand around so she wasn’t smearing over the words she had just written. She held her pencil so it was above the line, as many lefties do. She said she cried because it was so hard for her to do it the way the teacher wanted.

  48. O'Howlers
    6:19 pm on July 18th, 2013

    The ‘rents just got home, and we are all holed up in the A/C. Mom keeps saying A/C is the ruination of people. Just so she doesn’t think we Huskies are ruined.

    Melanie, Have fun fun fun!!!

  49. Staff
    6:38 pm on July 18th, 2013

    MrStaff is going to a street dance/concert in downtown Fargo tonight. None of us are going with him. I sounds horrible and hot and crowded and boozy. sniff. But it is bluegrass.

    We will stay home and watch the Tour de France. Mountains today!

  50. Wose
    6:49 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Melanie: Have a splendid time!


  51. Tupper and Gilly
    7:08 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Hot. It’s too bloomin’ hot.

    We have decided today that we are going to have our house painted. It has been blue for 30 years. All we know for sure so far is that we don’t want white or beige. It is a ranch (southern exposure, lots of sun) with a dark grey roof, bushes in front and the woods visible over the top of the house from the street.
    Anyone have any wild and wonderful suggestions of color?
    We have been really looking at houses with a critical eye lately: the dark red house with the pink flowering bushes in front – euch, the salmon house with green shutters…hmmmm. Every other house on our street is either white or beige. We have to be different.

  52. Wose
    7:13 pm on July 18th, 2013

    T&G: Sounds like a job for CHobbit!

  53. Herd of Hounds
    7:18 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Installers of soffits here ran out of material yesterday 🙁 Didn’t they know? May have remainder tomorrow a m to finish, Hope so or mom will rearrange facial geography. How do these people stay in business?

  54. Wose
    7:18 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Ooooo, T&G: You can look at sample colors at Sherwin-Williams on line. I was just looking and saw some lovely colors.

  55. dawson
    7:31 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Melanie: I will bring the wool of bat.

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:35 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Grammar!…Have I posted today? I can’t even remember. It’s been one of those dayz….grunt!

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:36 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Storm!….Big storm a comin’…sniff!…There were hundreds of lightning strikes almost all at once close to that damned-busy place….grunt!….Maybe it will burn down tonight…heh!

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:39 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Gah!….Our downstairs tv just blew out…gasp!

  59. Wose
    7:39 pm on July 18th, 2013

    RIO! I was wondering where you were today! One of your pictures is up top.

    Where is Siber-H?

  60. Wose
    7:40 pm on July 18th, 2013

    RIO! Oh, no!

  61. Herd of Hounds
    7:47 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Rio, be safe. Mom says to stay inside with boomers!

  62. Tupper and Gilly
    8:00 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Boomers are headed this way too, so guess its time to shut down the ‘puter. Plus, it’s early to bed, early to rise on show weekends. Talk to you from Old Cape Cod.

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:06 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Restored!…After much Ado, our tv-land is back. She turned the power off while we went up and ate supper and then when we came back it slowly came back to life…heh!heh!…But there will be more thunder and lightning tonight so I might be banned from this here blog later…grump!

    Cape!….Can’t wait to hear how ole Spencer is doing on the Cape of Cod…snorkel!!…I hope Golinka takes lots of photos, or at least one good one, and gives us non-stop reports while selling everything she has made…heh!…That would be awesome!…sneeze!

  64. Melanie
    8:07 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Dawson, I will bring the tongues of dogs (still attached and drooling).

    We are missing the rain . . again.

    Riö! Stay safe!

    This is a family party. Lots of kids with parents, camping out in the backyard and such. The face paint will be for the kids (mostly). I am very good at scars and monsters. I do not do flowers, fairies, or sparkle. What can I say? I had two guys.

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:13 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Paint!…I have a feeling Melanie will have some paint on her face by the end of that whole thing….heh!burp!….Fajitas!

  66. Wose
    8:30 pm on July 18th, 2013

    RIO! Stay safe. We will be getting BIG thunderstorms on Saturday night. Hopefully, we will not lose power. Next week temps will be in the 80’s.

  67. B. Stover
    8:34 pm on July 18th, 2013

    “The rest is silence.” Charlie thinks that Hamlet is very sad.

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:45 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Quote!….The Sound of Silence.. Simon and Garfunkle

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Uh-oh!….We hear some thundering and thumping upstairs, but it is just Beau and her mother…grunt!…Sounds like he is up on the chair that he jumped off of last Friday and hurt his leg…snort!….Tomorrow he might be taking a trip to the V-e-t…heh!heh!

  70. Wookie's Dad
    8:59 pm on July 18th, 2013

    HOH — thanks for asking about the water situation. Fortunately, it would not have affected us, although earlier today they found a way to bypass the damaged water main so no one is without water.

  71. Barb & Maggie
    9:02 pm on July 18th, 2013

    T & G, We have several thought on color combos. Will post tomorrow when you are back on the scene. Night all.

  72. Barb & Maggie
    9:06 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Melanie, As artistic as you are, I bet you can do flowers, stars, rainbows, and butterflies in addition to those other tings. Have fun and send pictures.

  73. Macy
    9:53 pm on July 18th, 2013

    I am right pawed on the front and left pawed on the rear.

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:54 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Chickens!….A friend sent me a bunch of really amazing photos, and you know who you are…heh!…But I absolutely love this one because it could be good for chickens or very very bad for chickens…chorkel!

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:55 pm on July 18th, 2013


  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:04 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Dome!…We just caught up on the latest show of Under the Dome…snort!…The look on Hanks face at the very end of the show is the same look he had on the very end of Breaking Bad…wheeze!…I wish Maskers could comment on Hank – I’d like to know what the MIA Jazz-Kat thinks about that guy…snuff!

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:13 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Alone!…Again!….snort!….Speaking of A-Lone, those Lone Ranger commercials with Johnny Depp are really annoying the hell outta me…grunt!…They keep showing more and more of the crap movie in hopes of getting some poor sap to pay for an over-priced theater ticket….spit!

  78. Melanie
    10:15 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Finally done. Barb&MagPie, most of their friends are artists. They can do all of that stuff. I like doing scars. Go with your strengths!

    B.Stover, tell Charlie that after that line all the actors jump up and take a bow.

    That’s it for me! TTFN

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:28 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Ooohhh Rebecca!….Where fort art thou?…sniff!sniff!…You have been missing long enough and now I am officially worrit about you…grunt!…Please type “HI” or some clue to let us know you are A-OK…wheeze!

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:42 pm on July 18th, 2013

    SiberH!…He is also missing but I know that they are having the monsoon rains…sniff!…We are having a small part of that here, not nearly enough. But I am guessing that he cannot get online due to storms in his area. I just hope his big Holes do not fill up and flood the back-yard…grunt!

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:43 pm on July 18th, 2013

    SiberH!…He is also missing but I know that those guys are having the monsoon rains…sniff!…We are having a small part of it here, but not nearly enough. I am guessing that he cannot get online due to those storms in his area. I just hope his big Holes do not fill up and flood the back-yard…grunt!

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:46 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Double-Dawson!…A total DD…grunt!…How the hell did that happen?…heh!…I did not hit the submit button twice, I swear. Now I know how Double-Dawson feels – somewhat…grunt!

  83. Basil and Sage
    10:51 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Gambling. Shoe. And the rest is silence.
    G’night all.

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:24 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Bed!…Well, no one else is around it seems, or they are waiting for me to officially leave…grunt!…So I will say my goodnights….wheeze!…Beau is upstairs waiting to be lifted onto the big bed. Tonight, he might be in for a surprise and have to sleep on his own damned bed…grump!

  85. Staff
    11:32 pm on July 18th, 2013

    Goodnight Rio. I had to wait until the end of the Tour de France prime time show. Mr.Staff is still at his bluegrass concert, or on his way home. Hope he had a good time.

    Nighty noodle youse guys. And morning meringue to LizF.

  86. Tenzing
    3:22 am on July 19th, 2013

    We here have been busy. Our Lady doesn’t know if she has been coming or going. Our intel tells us she’s been leaving very early in the morning and coming home late at night. She has missed all youse. She has mentioned being very, very busy at work with a lot of travel scheduled in the coming weeks. She’s also been busy with me. Tomorrow morning, she is taking me to the vet to have more teeth pulled. We will leave first thing in the morning, and she has to work tomorrow night. I have the feeling we’re both in for a long day. Tonight, she and the Giant went on a date because they won’t see each other for a while.

    LizF: We are thinking of you and Cricket. We have intel from the other side of the Bridge. Cricket was welcomed with welcome paws and will stay close to you for as long as you need.

    Staff: Whitey-Lance blurred to Scout to convince her to be found. According to our infamous wanderer, the finding is the best part of wandering. My Lady sniff every times she thinks of Scout.

    Rio: It is obvious to us that your Friend’s employer spared no expense with the upgrades to her new office space. A pillar can be useful in so many ways. Lifting one’s leg is the first benefit that comes to mind.

    There is so much we wanted to say, but are forgetting now that we’ve caught up on the blog. Wheeze!

    Nighty noodles.

  87. Melanie
    7:18 am on July 19th, 2013

    Hi Tenzing, good to hear from you! Good luck with those dancing giraffes when you get those teeth pulled.

    And for the rest of youse all! Woo Hoo! I am out of here!

  88. O'Howlers
    8:17 am on July 19th, 2013

    Hi Tenzing, Thanks for checking in and we hope the teeth-pulling is painless, Buddy.
    Gotta love Willie!

  89. Basil and Sage
    8:42 am on July 19th, 2013

    On the road again
    Mama’s back on the road again
    Making artwork with her friends
    Laughter never ends
    She can’t wait to get back on the road again

    That was sung at our best yowl, just for CHobbit.

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