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Day 1569: So to speak

“So to speak” has this definition, so to speak:

as one might say; said a certain way, even though the words are not exactly accurate. “John helps me with my taxes. He’s my accountant, so to speak.” “I just love my little poodle. she’s my baby, so to speak.”

How would you use “so to speak” in a sentence?

People sometimes use “so to speak” as just another conversational place-holder, like”that being said,” which is  often said by Michael, my boyfriend and house husband, so to speak.

Since I am a daily blogger and photographer, so to speak,  here are my pictures from yesterday, when I walked around my neighborhood, so to speak.




















So to speak with my son, Aaron, who’s studying (so to speak) in Scotland, we use FaceTime on my phone, so to speak.

“So To Speak” is also a song that speaks to many people.

So to speak to me about this post, you can leave a comment below.

Thanks to all who helped me create this so-to-speak post and to you — of course! — no matter how you speak.

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Day 703: Go Ham

Do any of my readers have associations with the phrase “Go Ham?”

Here are some clues about “Go Ham.”

Clue # 1: Yesterday, I met Danise


who works at a Cardiac Rehab facility at YET ANOTHER HOSPITAL in the Boston USA area. At my first visit to that cardiac rehab facility, yesterday afternoon, Danise suggested I “go ham” after she set me up on one of the exercise machines there.

Clue #2:

My use of upper-case letters in that previous paragraph. I don’t know about you, but I use upper case letters when I’m having strong feelings about something. For example, I  have spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME at hospitals in my life. These days, I work at one Boston-area hospital, get my medical care at another, will be getting a second opinion at a third one (where I spent a lot of time as a child, dealing with cardiac issues), and now am going to cardiac rehab (suggested by my current medical team) at a fourth hospital.


Clue #3.

Although this might be a red (or a spiral) herring, I keep seeing ham, everywhere, these days.

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My 16-year-old son, who is not spiraled but IS red,  is rehearsing in another play,  and did you know that actors are called hams, in these parts?  I’LL BE SEEING HIM IN THAT PLAY IN 10 DAYS.

Clue #4.

An online definition (AND IT’S ABOUT TIME!)

go ham


to act in an outrageous manner.
If I don’t get my money I’m about to go ham.

to party excitedly; “go crazy”.

I shall leave it to you to check out the full definition of “go ham” at the online slang dictionary, if you choose. (Depending upon your feelings about language, you might go ham when you see it.)

Clue #4.

My timing is off, these days, which MAKES ME GO HAM. For example:

  • my pacemaker doesn’t speed up as much as it should when I exercise, which is due to my being in atrial fibrillation ALL OF THE TIME,
  • tomorrow, my friend Deb and I are going to NYC to see Sting‘s The Last Ship on Broadway and STING IS JOINING THE CAST NEXT TUESDAY.
  • I’ve missed opportunities to make timely associations in these posts, including:


… which would have been a GREAT image for “a race of men in the trees” in this post from a few days ago AND last night’s episode of Top Chef BOSTON included a visit to the same Restaurant Depot I recently visited with my ex-sister-in-law and son over Thanksgiving weekend (featured photographically in this here post).

Speaking of my timing, if I don’t wrap up this post soon, I’ll be late for a talk called “My Journey to Peace” at the hospital where I work, this morning.

#5.  I HAVE TO KEEP A FOOD DIARY FOR CARDIAC REHAB, which makes me go ham.


What would be a good, hammy song choice for “Go Ham”?

PRINCE going HAM on “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Fix Ur Life Up” (among other things) at the 2013 Billboard Awards, found here on YOUTube.

Many thanks to Danise, my son, Deb, Sting, Prince, hams everywhere, and to you — of course! — for going or not going ham today.

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Day 651: What have we got?

What have we got?

The beginning of yet another post

made up as I go along.

Starting with me, I hope it will be,

A way we might all belong.


What have we got?

This song by Sting

I’m pleased to bring.

(Now hear him sing.)


What have we got?

Tasks galore,

Fears and more,

Sleep machine,

Things to clean,

Ebola threats,

Other frets,

Cold and heat,

What to eat?

Change is there,

What to wear?

Child who grows,

No one knows,

Hopes and dreams,

What it seems,

What it is,

Therapy biz,

Cope and heal,

Okay to feel,

Scarves and hats,

Humans and cats,

Yay! and meow,

Then and now,

Now is best,

For the rest.


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That’s the lot.

What have you got?

Thanks to Sting and everything that helped me say my piece today. And special thanks (it’s true) to you, for who you are and what you do.

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