A story was a form of telepathy.

A writing quote about telepathy. Or not.

“A story was a form of telepathy. By means of inking symbols onto a page, she was able to send thoughts and feelings from her mind to her reader’s. It was a magical process, so commonplace that no one stopped to wonder at it.”
– Ian McEwan

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Star fruit a.k.a Carambola

Star fruit, what?

Until two weeks ago, we didn’t know we had a star fruit tree. It’s not very tall, maybe 20 feet, rooted just above where we park the cars. We might have noticed what we thought were long yellow leaves, but being from the Midwest, yellow leaves are not uncommon. I guess we don’t have our island brain in high gear yet.

Then, the tree started shedding fruit all over the cars, and we took a closer look. “Hey, we have a star fruit tree!” Known as carambola in other parts of the world, it’s high in antioxidants, potassium and Vitamin C. Now, the only time I’ve eaten star fruit is on fruit pizza, so my recipe file is a little slim. Some judicious Pinterest searches led me to starfruit jam and smoothies. A little imagination added starfruit to the ingredients for fruit roll-ups, which are slooowly baking in the oven. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Here’s a shot of our tree. Pretty innocuous.20141230_140546 You can see why we overlooked it.



Here’s the fruit still growing. Not like a leaf at all.20141230_140602



And about 1/3 of our harvest so far. We’ve given a lot away.  Tomorrow, I’ll make more jam, maybe keep some out for toast.20141230_140711





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Keyboard shortcuts-Increase Your Productivity

pinterest template keyboardI love, love, love keyboard shortcuts. They are the bomb. Or maybe I’m just lazy. No. Efficient. Yeah, I’m uber efficient.
It’s amazing how many people don’t use keyboard shortcuts, even the basics like CNTL+A for chose all. How weird that you wouldn’t want to make your typing easier and faster so you can write more or have time for other things.
Here is a handy-dandy list of keyboard shortcuts. I hope you’ll take advantage of one or two and increase your word count!

Ctrl+B Bold the selected text bold
Ctrl+I Italicize the selected text italic
Ctrl+U Underline the selected text
Ctrl+Backspace Delete the previous word
Ctrl+Del Delete the next word
Ctrl+F Find some text in the current document
Ctrl+Z Undo your last action


Ctrl+C Copy what’s selected
Ctrl+X Cut what’s selected
Ctrl+V Paste what you last copied or cut
Ctrl+A Select all


Ctrl+N Create a new document
Ctrl+O Open an existing document
Ctrl+W Close the current document
Ctrl+S Saves the current document
Ctrl+P Print the current document


Ctrl+N Open a new window
Ctrl+T Open a new tab (if your browser supports tabs)
Ctrl+W Close the current window/tab
Ctrl+R Refresh
Esc Stop
Alt+? Back
Alt+? Forward
PageUp Move up a page
PageDown Move down a page
Alt+Home Go to your homepage
Alt+D Move focus to the address bar to type in a URL
Ctrl+Enter Add “http://www.” and “.com” around an address
MiddleClick Middle-clicking a tab will close it, even if it’s not the active tab


Alt+3 £
Alt+4 ¢
Alt+5 ?
Alt+6 §
Alt+7 ¶     (pilcrow paragraph)
Alt+8 •     (black dot)
Alt+9 ª     (floating small a)
Alt+0 º     (degrees)

Happy writing!


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