About Shirley

Shirley Corder is an author who writes to inspire and encourage. She has a passion for helping other writers and cancer survivors.

Share Your World #SYW ~ July 3

This entry is part 9 of the series Share Your World

SYW: For your main meal do you prefer sweet and sour, hot and spicy, spicy and sweet, bitter, salty, bland or other?

It depends on the mood I’m in, but generally I prefer salty. I also enjoy a mild curry and rice, but it must be mild! I definitely don’t go for sweet when it comes to my main meal.

SYW: Where do you hide junk when people come over?

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Share Your World (SYW) – June 26

This entry is part 8 of the series Share Your World

SYW: What goal are you working on now? Your goal can be something fun or extremely serious.  Have fun with this question.

I’m working on writing an eBook which is taking way too long because I over-committed my time. I’m writing a series of eBooks which I intend converting to print after the current one is over. They are based on Bible women who are “hidden in the shadow” of someone or something else. read more

Do You Have Cold Feet?

“A Georgia woman who had disappeared a few days before her wedding turned up last weekend in New Mexico; she first told police she had been abducted, but in the end she confessed to having had cold feet.

Follow-up stories have quoted psychologists who guess “there’s more going on here than just cold feet” and wedding planners who say that brides-to-be get cold feet all the time. Where did this phrase come from?”

Thanks to Daniel Engber, a columnist for Slate. read more

Two Common Sayings beginning with B

This entry is part 2 of the series Common Sayings

Each Monday, I’m posting on my blog about a phrase or common saying, what they mean and how they came about Sometimes there will be only one saying, while other times there may be more. I won’t in any way cover all the possibilities as I’d like to complete the series in this lifetime. But it should be fun. Join me?

I intend working through the alphabet, so sign up at the end of the post so you don’t forget to visit me each Monday and perhaps participate by adding suggestions.

So today we look at B.

B is for Bite the Bullet, and Bring Home the Bacon.

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Share Your World ~ June 12

This entry is part 7 of the series Share Your World

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Here are my answers to this week’s questions on the Share Your World (SYW) blogging challenge:

SYW: What do you do when you’re not working? If you are retired, what do you that is not part of your regular daytime routine?

When I’m not working (writing) I make cards. For my birthday last year, my family gave me a new toy, the Cuttlebug.

Recently I discovered an amazing treasure trove of Unbranded Cutting Dies on eBay that are so cheap. They come with free shipping but take about 6-8 weeks to arrive. Puts a new meaning to the slow boat to (from) China! read more

Two Common Sayings beginning with A

This entry is part 3 of the series Common Sayings

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American Words and their meaning

I have recently been impressed by a friend who has emigrated from South Africa and taken up residence in America. He sends out regular newsletters and has started including snippets on the meaning of American words and how they developed.

In the past I’ve had quite a bit published online and in print, about some of the different meanings of words and phrases between the various forms of International English. Not wanting to steal the idea from Eugene, but intrigued by the idea of where words or phrases come from, I’ve decided to research some common phrases—what they mean, and how they came about. read more

Share Your World ~ June 5

This entry is part 2 of the series Share Your World

Here are my answers to this week’s questions on the Share Your World (SYW) blogging challenge:

SYW: What’s your strongest sense?

My family would say my strongest sense is my sense of smell. I could walk into the house after a day on duty and stop in the doorway and say, “Who struck a match?” This was in the day when the boys tried to push their luck with cigarettes. They had no chance with me around, much to their frustration. (I think they’re grateful today.)

I will be sitting at my computer at the end of my cottage and call through to my husband who is IN THE KITCHEN, “What’s burning?” Traditional answer is, “Nothing . . . Oh.” My heart sinks. Most of his senses are sharp, but he has about a 2% sense of smell. read more