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Julie Govette
  • Julie Govette
  • E-mail: comp@lodinews.com
  • Julie Govette's blog is a celebration of words. She will occasionally chat about books, lyrics, poems or cereal boxes — anything that takes words and puts them in an interesting arrangement.
Friday 03/16/2012
To the Wayback Machine

Time travel ... what's not to love?

Posted in Word pie on Friday, March 16, 2012 4:07 pm. Updated: 4:35 pm. Comments (2)

Friday 03/02/2012
Rejoice! February’s over

"Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes"

Posted in Word pie on Friday, March 2, 2012 3:19 pm. Updated: 10:13 am. Comments (1)

Wednesday 01/04/2012
Vampire Therapy

And the new year comes along whether we're ready for it or not. Fine. I'm ready to see 2011 in the rear view mirror. For some reason, many people I know feel the same way.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 3:47 pm. Updated: 3:57 pm. Comments (2)

Wednesday 10/26/2011
‘How can I help?’

I recently suffered a devastating loss. And while this isn't the forum to go into details about my personal issues, I feel it's absolutely the forum to discuss the basic goodness of people.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 2:11 pm. Updated: 6:41 am. Comments (1)

I'm sorry ... no, wait. I'm not.

I had an epiphany the other day and I think I need to talk about it a little bit. I noticed the overuse of the word "sorry," in our everyday conversation. I'm guilty of this, which is why I noticed it.

Posted in Word pie on Monday, September 26, 2011 5:21 pm. Updated: 2:02 pm. Comments (2)

Saturday 09/10/2011
Pass the Salvation please ...

Is it September already? My sabbatical seems to have lasted longer than I'd planned. But that's what happens when life comes at you fast and you need to shed a little baggage. I've missed this arena, however, and am glad to be back.

Posted in Word pie on Saturday, September 10, 2011 4:33 pm. Updated: 8:57 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 08/03/2011
My blog, my rules ...

Because this summer's been quite busy; because I haven't had much chance to catch my breath or recharge my batteries; because I can ... I'll be resting my blog muscles during the month of August. I plan to write less and sing more; think less and nap more; worry less and laugh more.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 12:26 pm. Updated: 6:19 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 07/21/2011
My summer looks like wet dogs and corn

How lame is it to use up perfectly good blog space just to mention a few things that are making me happy right now?

Posted in Word pie on Thursday, July 21, 2011 4:43 pm. Updated: 7:56 pm. Comments (1)

Thursday 07/14/2011
Am I really going there?

Yep. I'm really going there.

Posted in Word pie on Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:42 pm. Updated: 6:20 pm. Comments (2)

Thursday 07/07/2011
Not your mama’s Frankenstein ...

Dean Koontz must be one of the most prolific of American horror writers. Fine by me. I've read a lot of his work and have rarely been disappointed. I'm pretty sure I know what to expect when I pick up a Koontz book: Good versus evil; decent, unremarkable people being terrorized by demonic, supernatural beings; and more often than not, there's a big goofy Golden Retriever in the picture. Koontz loves his retrievers.

Posted in Word pie on Thursday, July 7, 2011 5:22 pm. Updated: 10:29 am. Comments (2)

Thursday 06/30/2011
Reality? Really?

I'm sure much has been written about the onslaught of reality programming on television. And while it's a piece of our culture that will probably not change any time soon - I have to at least get my two cents in before it's so commonplace that nobody cares anymore.

Posted in Word pie on Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:13 pm. Updated: 1:42 pm. Comments (2)

Thursday 06/23/2011
Allow me to introduce you to ...

I only have a few blogs that I read religiously. But they're varied as can be. The range of interests bookmarked on my computer range from an Angry Black Bitch in Missouri, to a Mormon Daddy blog in Utah. I read the usual pop culture stuff, but am more drawn by good writing. So I was pleasantly surprised years ago when I stumbled upon a blog written by a real journalist in Minnesota.

Posted in Word pie on Thursday, June 23, 2011 4:41 pm. Updated: 7:00 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 06/16/2011
Lessons from my father . . .

With Father's Day approaching, I thought I'd say a few words about fathers.

Posted in Word pie on Thursday, June 16, 2011 10:12 am. Updated: 11:57 am. Comments (3)

Tuesday 06/07/2011
It's time to think about it

I'm not going to dwell much longer on last weekend's Relay for Life because what's done is done. Except to say that it was awesome. It was cold and rainy and windy and that had little effect on the hale and hearty folks who spent their time and energy making a difference for cancer research.

Posted in Word pie on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 9:30 am. Updated: 9:36 am. Comments (2)

Tuesday 05/31/2011
Let’s cure cancer, shall we?

Wow. Long time. I'm going to use the excuse of being very busy as my reason for not blogging sooner.

Posted in Word pie on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 12:14 pm. Comments (1)

Wednesday 05/18/2011
Off to ’Fraidy Cat Rehab

I'm not really happy about this spring rain we're getting. I don't think I could take a repeat of last year's non-spring, weird summer, and early winter. My garden doesn't like it either.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 2:37 pm. Updated: 5:55 pm. Comments (1)

Sunday 05/08/2011
Take your mamma out tonight . . .

Today's a day for Mom.

Posted in Word pie on Sunday, May 8, 2011 12:07 pm. Updated: 4:27 pm. Comments (1)

Wednesday 04/27/2011
A day in the life . . .

If you're a fan of Beatles music, and you get the chance, check out the Sun Kings sometime. They're a northern California Beatles tribute band that does a pretty bang-up job of covering the Fab Four's tunes.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 2:30 pm. Updated: 2:45 pm. Comments (4)

Wednesday 04/20/2011
Crystal in the Enid Mansion

I started reading "The Help" over the weekend and haven't gotten very far into it yet. But the premise is intriguing and the writing exceptional so I know it will be a good read.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 3:02 pm. Updated: 2:29 pm. Comments (2)

Wednesday 04/13/2011
Of apes and porn

Maybe it's just me. But when I'm introduced to an author I haven't read before and am thoroughly captivated as I was reading 'Water for Elephants' - I tend to hold that author up to very high standards.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 4:29 pm. Updated: 4:38 pm. Comments (3)

Tuesday 04/05/2011
Let the quiet in ...

Years ago, when two of my employees were forced to step up their game in a big way due to a staff shortage that lasted a couple of months, I decided to do something nice for them and bought them gift certificates to get massages at a local spa. Yes, they were just doing their jobs, and yes, they got some overtime pay for it. But they worked hard and well and without complaint. You don't find employees like that every day. I wanted to do something personal for them because I felt that they performed beautifully just to please me.

Posted in Word pie on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 5:21 pm. Comments (2)

Monday 03/28/2011
It's not a lie, it's a perception management problem

Every year I pick up a calendar for my husband called "The 365 Stupidist Things Ever Said" or something like that. And this calendar has a daily quote that is typically stupid and alternately funny. Because stupid people are funny, no?

Posted in Word pie on Monday, March 28, 2011 2:56 pm. Updated: 4:14 pm. Comments (1)

Wednesday 03/16/2011
So I'm relaxing in Mexico . . .

I'm recognizing a quiet anniversary once again. March 16th. I don't have a party or usually even mention this day to anyone other than my husband. But it bears recognition nonetheless. On March 16th of 2000 I suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm that changed my life in many ways.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 12:05 pm. Updated: 12:23 pm. Comments (3)

Wednesday 03/09/2011
As long as I'm stuck in Lodi . . .

I know it's not officially spring yet, but it's March and that's good enough for me. It's time to shake off the dreariness of February and move forward.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 3:51 pm. Updated: 3:54 pm. Comments (2)

Wednesday 03/02/2011
A bard is a bard . . .

So, do you read much Shakespeare? No? Neither do I. I don't know anyone who reads Shakespeare. I think Shakespeare's body of work exists for English classes and dramatic arts productions. And, of course, trivia games. Why else would we need to remember that Shakespeare wrote in Iambic Pentameter? For the pursuit of trivia, of course.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 5:05 pm. Updated: 5:18 pm. Comments (3)

Wednesday 02/23/2011
Thinking outside the box . . .

Since this blasted month still has not come to a close, I'm at once antsy for spring's arrival and cranky with the abject February-ness of my life. This combination makes me unfit to write an engaging book review, poke fun at movie dialogue, song lyrics or rant about anything significant.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 2:34 pm. Updated: 2:43 pm. Comments (1)

Wednesday 02/16/2011
Bodice-ripping Scottish joy . . .

Remember when I mentioned that I'm behind the curve when it comes to current reading? In this case, that's about a dozen years. Only within the last year did I pick up Diana Gabaldon's first book "Outlander."

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 4:00 pm. Updated: 12:36 pm. Comments (2)

Wednesday 02/09/2011
Baby talk . . .

I had one of those conversations again recently. It's the conversation that people who choose to be childless have with people who can't wrap their heads around the idea that it's valid choice.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 2:42 pm. Updated: 2:52 pm. Comments (3)

Wednesday 02/02/2011
Steven Tyler saved February

"February is pitiless, and it is boring. That parade of red numerals on its page adds up to zero: birthdays of politicians, a holiday reserved for rodents, what kind of celebrations are those? The only bubble in the flat champagne of February is Valentine's Day. It was no accident that our ancestors pinned Valentine's Day on February's shirt: he or she lucky enough to have a lover in frigid, antsy February has cause for celebration, indeed." - Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 4:06 pm. Updated: 4:18 pm. Comments (4)

Wednesday 01/26/2011
Of pachyderms and roustabouts . . .

Sometimes I feel like I'm a little bit behind the curve when it comes to reading. Not my reading skills, but my book-finding skills. Luckily I know plenty of people who are voracious readers so I'm introduced to new stuff, even if it's not particularly 'new.'

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 3:22 pm. Updated: 4:06 pm. Comments (3)

Wednesday 01/19/2011

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

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 4:41 pm. Updated: 12:37 pm. Comments (1)

Tuesday 01/11/2011
No sugar coating here . . .

I was raised in a household that did not include prejudice. My folks didn't have racist opinions and we were taught that it's what's inside that counts.

Posted in Word pie on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 3:10 pm. Updated: 3:17 pm. Comments (6)

Monday 01/03/2011
It's only rock and roll . . .

In the wee hours of this morning, I finished reading 'Life' by Keith Richards. I'd gotten it as a Christmas gift and would have read nonstop if holiday shenanigans hadn't gotten in the way.

Posted in Word pie on Monday, January 3, 2011 6:19 pm. Updated: 6:31 pm. Comments (5)

Wednesday 12/29/2010
Happy New Year — Now . . . eat your peas

Traditions - those things we do on a regular basis in order to bring us comfort and joy - are different for every culture, region . . . all the way to the family or singular person. We all have them, as minor or untraditional as we may think.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 10:28 am. Updated: 10:36 am. Comments (5)

Tuesday 12/21/2010
Embrace your inner Grinch

Last night I got into a little bit of a Yuletide snit. Not unusual, considering it's almost Christmas and we put a whole lot of pressure on ourselves to make everything perfect. And I don't mean to sound sexist, but for most of the women I know, we're the ones that do most of the stuff. We decorate, we shop for the whole family, we do the majority of the baking and wrapping and writing and mailing.

Posted in Word pie on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 2:08 pm. Updated: 2:15 pm. Comments (3)

Wednesday 12/15/2010
Make a joyful noise unto the [insert diety of your choice here]

Like many of us, I grew up attending church with my parents. As children, we didn't choose the church. We went to theirs. For me, that meant the First United Methodist Church of Upland, California with the Reverend Pitts at the pulpit - amen.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 9:40 am. Updated: 9:50 am. Comments (5)

Tuesday 12/07/2010
You'd better watch out . . .

So I'm doing some Christmas shopping a couple of weeks ago and ran across a really cool book at Barnes & Noble. So tempted was I to buy it, that I almost did. Then I saw that it was published in 2008 and B&N wanted top dollar for it, so I went home and ordered it from Amazon. Used. Like New. Saved a bundle. Hopefully the person who gets this book from me for Christmas doesn't read my blog.

Posted in Word pie on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 11:30 am. Updated: 11:40 am. Comments (3)

Wednesday 12/01/2010
Time to embrace your inner elf

One more week of halo action and then I'll return to my usual state of snarkiness. I feel it coming on and I'll let it loose as it comes.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 5:25 pm. Updated: 5:29 pm. Comments (4)

Monday 11/22/2010
Let's count some blessings, shall we?

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I thought it would be a nice thing for me to take off my snarky hat and dust off my halo and mention a few things I'm thankful for. We all have halos y'know. They just get misplaced and we forget about them sometimes. It's a good idea to get in touch with your gracious side once in awhile. If you can't find your halo . . . check the sock drawer. They like socks.

Posted in Word pie on Monday, November 22, 2010 5:07 pm. Updated: 5:33 pm. Comments (3)

Friday 11/19/2010
Time to get my snark on . . .

Since I've been playing nice for a couple of weeks, it's time to get my rant on. It's been a rough week and I gotta vent.

Posted in Word pie on Friday, November 19, 2010 3:08 pm. Updated: 3:16 pm. Comments (7)

Friday 11/12/2010
Here's a guy you should meet . . .

Years ago, when I lived in Sutter Creek near the wonderfulness of the Fine Eye Gallery on Main Street, I picked up a book that I still read frequently when I need a little lift. It's called "Mostly True - Collected Stories and Drawings" by Brian Andreas. I was immediately captivated by the offbeat and endearing nature of his words. Seemingly nonsensical, the prose can be funny, sad, and always thought-provoking.

Posted in Word pie on Friday, November 12, 2010 2:41 pm. Updated: 1:04 pm. Comments (3)

Thursday 11/11/2010
Hug a Veteran today

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

Posted in Word pie on Thursday, November 11, 2010 9:39 am. Updated: 12:42 pm. Comments (6)

Thursday 11/04/2010
A few words about the big 'A' . . .

Many of us have reached the age in which we have parents who are, obviously, at a much more advanced age. And due to the fact that medicine has made great strides in keeping the human body functioning for much longer than ever before, often the human mind tends to falter before the body is ready to throw in the towel.

Posted in Word pie on Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:01 am. Updated: 10:06 am. Comments (2)

Friday 10/29/2010
It's that time again . . .

Govern: To rule over by right of authority.

Posted in Word pie on Friday, October 29, 2010 1:31 pm. Updated: 1:37 pm. Comments (2)

Wednesday 10/27/2010
Movie dialogue — part duex

I've mentioned before that we all have our favorite movies. And of our favorite movies, we all have our favorite dialogue that enters our daily lives. But sometimes you just randomly think of funny or intriguing stuff. A lot of my favorite dialogue is unprintable on this Web site, but I'll provide a few examples of some enduring words that stay in my head. Some are one-liners, some are conversations - and not all of them profoundly funny - but for some reason they stick in my head.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 4:57 pm. Updated: 5:09 pm. Comments (4)

Wednesday 10/20/2010
Has there been a Murder??????

I did something last weekend that I've never done before and that was attend a Murder Mystery dinner.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 4:36 pm. Updated: 4:47 pm. Comments (3)

Wednesday 10/13/2010
Lyrics that make you go . . . ewwwwww

Song lyrics are one of my favorite topics. And you have to understand that very often, lyric writers have to take a certain amount of creative or poetic license to make a song work. They reach for the rhyme; they put together words that we wouldn't use in everyday conversation. But sometimes songs are stupid.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 4:16 pm. Updated: 4:27 pm. Comments (5)

Wednesday 10/06/2010
Not-So-Secret Crush #2

I could not wait much longer to blog about one of my other not-so-secret crushes. I have plenty, by the way - and you'll get to meet them all eventually.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 5:26 pm. Updated: 5:34 pm. Comments (4)

Wednesday 09/29/2010
My apologies to Bob Dylan fans . . .

I thought I should get my apology out of the way before I start rambling. It just seems better that way.

Posted in Word pie on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 4:17 pm. Updated: 4:48 pm. Comments (4)

Tuesday 09/21/2010
My geezer is showing . . .

Went to the Grape Festival on Friday night. (For the readers outside Lodi, it's a festival, not unlike a county fair, that celebrates grapes.) We saw Led Zepplica and I'm here to tell you . . . they were AMAZINGLY . . . adequate. Sorry guys, it didn't work for me. When songs have been played the same way for 40 years, don't mess with the mix. Anyway - it was a good night. Good fair food, good wine, everything was good.

Posted in Word pie on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 5:28 pm. Updated: 9:46 am. Comments (6)

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