Tag lines

At my whim, I change the tag line for this blog. Recently more often than before. I’m keeping track of them all here…

  • Isn’t it self explanatory? ~ first 7-8 years
  • Capricious ~ momentarily
  • I have my reasons ~ May 2013-December 2013
  • Sentiment has no cash value ~ December 25, 2013 (Cousin Andre, from “We’re no Angels,” 1955)
  • Well, shave me bald and call me Mr. Bigglesworth ~ Jan 1, 2014
  • Nothing but my genius ~ January 3, 2014 (Oscar Wilde)
  • Scattering like light ~ January 15, 2014 (from “Small Blue Thing” – Suzanne Vega)
  • I am ruined by whimsy ~ January 27, 2014 (Apu, from the Simpsons)
  • February is national hag hair month ~ February 1, 2014
  • Crouch we here awhile, and lurk ~ February 7, 2014
  • Kiss a duck to change your luck ~ March 1, 2014
  • Hi, I’ll be your blogiatrix today ~ March 7, 2014
  • Anything that’s cool? Bees invented it. ~ March 11, 2014
  • There is no happiness like mine. I have been eating poetry. . . . ~ April 1, 2014 (from “Eating Poetry” by Mark Strand)
  • I was a bee. And then I wasn’t a bee. ~ April 8, 2014
  • I just sit here and occasionally make toast. ~ May 2, 2014
  • Stop making sense ~ May 8, 2014
  • Twerking towards Bethlehem ~ May 12, 2014
  • Work harder, not smarter. ~ May 28, 2014
  • All stories about bees are both happy and sad ~ May 30, 2014 (courtesy of M)
  • One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing ~ June 9, 2014
  • Don’t let this fading summer pass you by ~ July 11, 2014 (Neko Case, from “Magpie to the Morning“)
    I don’t know you except in the way a traveler knows a traveler ~ July 23, 2014 (Hem, from “Pacific Street“)
  • My living room’s answer to culture ~ August 6, 2014 (a riff on a line from a conversation between H, Mindy, and me, while having dinner before seeing “La Traviata”)
  • If we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, it makes us feel as though our hard work ain’t been in vain for nothin’. ~ November 1, 2014 (Lina Lamont ~ “Singin’ in the Rain”)
  • I misplace facts as easily as my glasses ~ November 2, 2014 (from “Incomplete Knowledge” by Jeffrey Harrison)
  • Do you like cinnamon? Do you like vanilla? Then you’ll like this.~ November 10, 2014 (Brandon Cohen’s Jagermeister Spice sales pitch)
  • It’s certain there is no fine thing / Since Adam’s fall but needs much labouring ~ November 14, 2014 (from “Adam’s Curse” by William Butler Yeats)
  • It was evening all afternoon. / It was snowing / And it was going to snow. ~ November 26, 2014 (from “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by Wallace Stevens)
  • A tiny dingle is Milk Wood / By Golden Grove ‘neath Grongar ~ December 8, 2014 (from “Under Milk Wood” by Dylan Thomas)
  • Home of the hibernating bees ~ January 15, 2015
  • The owls are not what they seem ~ January 26, 2015 (from Twin Peaks)
  • Someone’s reading our mail to find out what’s cool in the future ~ February 11, 2015 (in a message from M)
  • Mr Collins . . . had still at intervals a kind listener in Mrs Philips, and was, by her watchfulness, most abundantly supplied with coffee and muffin ~ Febuary 20, 2015 (from Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice”, page 150 in the edition that H is currently reading)
  • There are openings in our lives / of which we know nothing. ~ February 26, 2015 (from Jane Hirshfield’s poem, “The Envoy“)
  • I’ve got restless legs… and arms! ~ March 11, 2015 (Kristin Wiig’s “Target Lady” on Saturday Night Live)
  • Remembrance of the shoes ~ March 19, 2015 (from a found poetry exercise H and I were working on, text from Scott’s Last Journal, Volume 1, “The Return of the Sun”)
  • I love the sound of breaking glass ~ March 24, 2015 (from the Nick Lowe song, “(I Love the Sound of) Breaking Glass”)
  • though I asked most distinctly for bread and butter, you have given me cake ~ April 8, 2015 (Gwendolyn, in Act 2, Part 2 of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest“)
  • Handle Like Eggs ~ May 8, 2015 (Printed on the side of the bombs in the James Bond movie “Thunderball“)
  • Don’t you just love poetry that gives you a crinkly feeling up and down your back? ~ May 14, 2015 (L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables)
  • Strange fascination, fascinating me ~ June 6, 2015 (from David Bowie’s Changes)
  • At times I might could be accused of being painfully nostalgic ~ July 6, 2015 (from Vic Chesnutt’s song, “Panic Pure“)
  • Oh, it’s been ages since I’ve done any [work], but there must be something that would do… bookkeeping… beekeeping… (Mrs. Smiling to Flora Poste in Cold Comfort Farm)
  • Summer arrives with a length of lights ~ August, at some point (from The Decemberists’ song “Summersong“)
  • September rain falls on the house ~ September 30, 2015 (from “Sestina“, by Elizabeth Bishop)
  • I don’t care anything about the executive offices. I want a new duck. ~ October 6, 2015 (Spoken by David Merlin—played by David Niven—in the 1939 movie, “Bachelor Mother“)
  • I have my daughter’s snapchat hacked withal ~ November 1, 2015 (a bit of silliness, after watching Shakespeare plays all day)
  • how to measure the worth of the earth’s girth ~ November 15, 2015 (from the early morning brain of MRM)
  • Good Morning! ~ November 23, 2015 (Good Morning!)
  • who lives alone will live indefinitely so, / waking up to read a little, draft long letters ~ December 4, 2015 (from “Day in Autumn” by Rainer Maria Rilke)
  • And when one feels like a duck, one is happy! ~ December 16, 2015 (a very funny bit from John Mulaney’s comedy special, “The Comeback Kid”)
  • The winter’s calling loudly now ~ December 21, 2015 (from Joan Shelley’s song, “Brighter Than the Blues”)
  • Winter. Time to eat fat ~ February 18, 2016 (from Margaret Atwood’s poem, “February“)
  • She thinks to intimidate me by the use of quarter hours? ~ February 29, 2016 (from the full quote: “Four fifteen. Not four, not four thirty, but four fifteen. Hm. She thinks to intimidate me by the use of quarter hours?” as wondered by Jean Brodie in the movie version of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”)
  • The universe is made of stories, not of atoms ~ March 9, 2016 (from “The Speed of Darkness,” by Muriel Rukeyser; but I heard it first on an episode of  H’s favorite TV show: “Supernatural“)
  • Next time, I’ll be deadly serious next time ~ June 11, 2016 (from the movie “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”)
  • So shines a good deed in a weary world ~ August 29, 2016 (Bill Shakespeare in “The Merchant of Venice,” and, just as importantly, Gene Wilder in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory“)
  • She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted ~ March 7, 2017 (Thank you, Elizabeth Warren)
  • The future is an excellent writing prompt ~ May 2, 2017 (M said, in response to our talking about reasons to start blogging again…)
  • Today’s the day! The sun is shining, the tank is clean, and we’re getting out of… ~ June 9, 2017 (Peach’s words during the tank escape scene in “Finding Nemo,” and H’s words when waking up on graduation day)


  1. Francesca Allen says:

    Hi, just came across your blog by accident. I have roots in Fanna & Maniago and have the surnames you mention in my family tree. What lovely writing!

    1. Rebecca says:

      Thank you so much! I wonder if you and my husband are related?!

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