Words Worth – Confusing Word Meanings

I am not a member of the grammar police and I am not particularly fond of their worker’s union (wink, wink). All kidding aside, I do like to think I know a fair amount about grammar and word usage, but I must confess, I have some weak areas. If you would like to try your skill at a grammar and word usage test, check out the link below. Fair warning, however, some of the word pairs have fairly nuanced meanings which are often overlooked in common usage.

Ahem! I did manage to earn a “Grammar Pro” ranking.

Here are a few from the quiz to give you a hint. You are on your honor not to look these up for the correct answer beforehand; you’re being watched!

Which of the following words would fit in the blank space?

“The weather just gets worse the ______________ west you go.”

A – farther B – further

Do you know the difference between infer and imply?

What is the difference between the abbreviations e.g. and i.e. is a bit more tricky.

Try your luck at the linked quiz below:

How Well Do You Know These Commonly Misused Words?

How well did you do?


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STATUS QUOtes — 20160425

“The best things in life aren’t things.” — Art Buchwald

“What I want to know most is what you hear in the silence between us.” — William C. Hannan

“Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“If at first you don’t succeed, call it version 1.0.” — Charles Lauller


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STATUS QUOtes — 20160424

“Experience is what you got when you didn’t get what you wanted.” — Howard Marks

“Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.” — Prince

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” — Georgia O’Keeffe

“The final test of fame is to have a crazy person imagine he is you.” — Mel Brooks


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Surprise Pickleball Falling Behind

NOTE: The article below and accompanying video is being presented on the JBRish blog with permission from the originator, Rocket and the Pickleball Rocks Team. You can check out their website at the link below:

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Thanks to Pickleball Rocks and Rocket!

The Surprise City Pickleball Courts In Danger of Losing Mecca Status

February 14, 2016 by Rocket

When you build a shrine to anything, there comes a certain responsibility.

In the case of the city of Surprise, Arizona, the Surprise City Pickleball Courts, since opening 4 years ago, have become somewhat of a shrine to the sport of pickleball. But the shrine may be crumbling.

The Villages of Florida is considered THE pickleball vacation spot in the country simply because there are so many available courts.

But as we travel the U.S., when you ask people where is the mecca of pickleball, it is overwhelmingly Surprise, Arizona. Everywhere we go, people talk specifically about The City Courts.

As a matter of fact, the Surprise City Courts have become so famous nationwide that most people just refer to them as THE CITY COURTS. When players mention The City Courts, everyone knows they are referring to the 8 courts at 14534 W. Tierra Buena Lane next to Dreamcatcher Park.

There is Yankee Stadium for baseball, Pebble Beach for golf and The City Courts for Pickleball.

But sadly, The City Courts are now so overcrowded that it is starting to become a negative.

It is hard to believe that the city of Surprise isn’t falling over themselves to expand that facility in order to maintain their brilliant, pickleball-tourist attracting reputation.

These courts are packed with people waiting to play. At just about any time, you can catch some of the best pickleball players in the world, including National Champions, Gigi LeMaster, Steve Wong, Mark Friedenburg, Scott Lennan and others, mixing in with men and women brand new to the sport. It is a wonderful experience that has become famous throughout the sport of pickleball and its two million plus players.

It is (or was) truly THE place to play pickleball when you travel to Arizona.

It is interesting to watch the surrounding communities now building pickleball courts at breakneck speed in order to capitalize on the mega growth the sport of pickleball is currently experiencing.

Hope the City of Surprise realizes it before it’s too late. Sadly, based on what we’ve seen, the mecca will soon be moving.

Just our observation,

Rocket and the Pickleball Rocks Team

STATUS QUOtes — 20160423

“You have delighted us long enough.” — Jane Austen

“We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made.” — M. Facklam

“We always admire the intelligence of those who ask us for advice.” — Ramsey Clark

“Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.” — Richard Whately


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STATUS QUOtes — 20160422

“Brevity is the soul of wit.” — Shakespeare, Hamlet

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” — Margaret Atwood

“Once you live a good story, you get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and you can’t go back to being normal; you cant go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time.” — Don Miller

“I don’t dream at night, I dream all day; I dream for a living.” — Steven Spielberg


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Photography – Why Take Pictures? – Power of a Photograph

Different Sets of Feet

Every so often someone will ponder or ask the question outright: “Why do you take pictures?” The simple answer, which is often the best, is that photographs can be powerful. Did you ever see someone look at a picture and cry? Did you ever see someone look at a picture and smile? Did you ever see someone look at a picture and recoil in horror or astonishment?

I have seen all of these and I have experienced them as well. Oh, and one last thing…photographs can be fun.

The Cooperative of Photography (COOPH) has produced a YouTube video called The Power of a Photograph and they provide specific examples of

  • Unique moments
  • Iconic Moments
  • Fun Moments
  • Moments of Loss & Desperation
  • Moments of Defiance
  • Moments of Bravery
  • Moments of Love & Respect
  • …And Moments of Triumph

The video below helps us appreciate why people take photographs and the power behind pictures.

From the YouTube video:

Published on Apr 19, 2016

“The COOPH team explores iconic photographs and famous moments throughout history that captured raw human emotions and stunned the world.”

Inspire the World


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STATUS QUOtes — 20160421

“Truth looks tawdry when she is overdressed.” — Rabindranath Tagore

“There is no harm in being a quiet person, but when you are required to speak, then you must speak.” — Y. Algohar

“The purpose of a good education is to show you that there are three sides to a two-sided story.” — Stanley Fish

“People will talk behind your back. Make sure you give them an interesting topic.” — Steve Mehr


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