Barbara Boehm Miller
Fiction writer and creator of the character, Lola Rolls

Monday, November 30, 2020

Good Lessons from a Bad Dog

They want to know if you are a good dog. “Who’s a good dog?” they ask, and they press the point with single-minded insistence, “Is it you? Is it?” Your people, the ones you live with, the ones you love, take you to a place called “boarding,” where they want you to stay with the […]

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Monday, October 26, 2020

The Nonce Word or Special Words for Special Times

A nonce word is defined as a word coined and used for a particular occasion or set of circumstances. The Steve Miller Band singing about the “pompatus of love” in that song, The Joker, is a good example– not to mention my personal favorite. (Full disclosure: For a long time, I thought it was the […]

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Blog, Interrupted

I have started and restarted this blog post many times in the past few days, mostly because I am determined not to let this area of my writing languish. My goal has been to write one post per month. That rather modest deadline is a struggle now. Writing about not writing feels like the lowest […]

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Corona Diaries

  Nowhere to go and nothing to do: every day like the one before. And yet, I can’t complain, although I do so anyway with persistent, bitter pleasure, because we are healthy and employed, able to find most of what we want and need with only minor inconvenience. The pandemic, at its heart, is about […]

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Friday, March 6, 2020

#PitMad: It’s A Thing

Yesterday I took part in my very first #PitMad event. As you may or may not know, PitMad is: a) A group that wants to eliminate pit bull breeding and the keeping of pit bulls as pets; b) Conversely, pit bull lovers who advocate for the breed; c) A circle of hell dedicated to insanity […]

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

New Year, Same Me

Happy New Year, my friends! That exclamation point, I’ll have you know, is no punctuation formality. The prospect of a new year and a new decade really does excite me, making me eager and ambitious for the closets I will clean, the drawers I will rearrange, and the papers I will organize. And the lists! […]

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Insider Languages of Outsiders

When people find out I have twin daughters, they often ask if the girls ever had a secret language, or, as it is more formally known, cryptophasia. The answer is no, which is nearly always a disappointment to the questioner. A firsthand account of a language so small and self-contained that it has only two […]

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Friday, October 4, 2019

International Translation Day

Welcome to the first entry of my new blog about language, writing, and, well, just life in general. International Translation Day seems like an auspicious starting point. As a professional translator of a shocking number of years, if I really stop to count them, it’s an important occasion for me, even if I do only […]

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