My Turn: Words work wonders

“Give me a laundry list and I’ll set it to music.” What fun to run across this quote from Gioacchino Rossini. He was born in late 1700s, and wrote “The Barber of Seville” and “The William Tell Overture.” His words danced merrily in my mind, while I treated myself to some of his music.

I’m no Rossini, but I did get a chuckle out of the thought of a man so delightfully obsessed with music that he’d come up with such a statement.

I feel the same way about words. I love them. I truly used to pass the time reading through the dictionary.

And my favorite game of all time may be “The Dictionary Game.” Our family invented “Balderdash” years before the board game came out, but we were just too lazy to get it manufactured.

So, give me some laundry hanging on a line, and I’ll compose a paragraph in my mind. Give me a child squealing with delight after his first successful attempt at petting a puppy, and I’ll instantly start wording a journal entry on imaginary paper.

Give me a weekly column in the local paper, and I’ll glance around the room waiting for something to catch my eye so I can begin typing. Friends and neighbors, thank you for reading.

Sandy keeps an online journal at her website E-mail her at

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