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A Must Read for the Men in your Life….

September 29, 2008

I may have mentioned it here before, I don’t know, but I do some writing for Associated Content That link will take you to my page, and if you scroll down, you’ll see a list of all my articles. I don’t get a lot of time for writing, but when I do, I enjoy it. I can be a little controversial, but… that’s a part of who I am! So, anyway, I wrote this article and for the life of me, I can not get it to display properly at AC. Every time I upload it, it cuts out part of the article, so – their loss is your gain! I’m putting it here for YOU! If you want to share this with your friends, please just direct them here to my blog. :)If you MUST copy/paste it please keep my info on it.  And if you want to print it out for your hubby or SO… that’s ok too. This is important stuff! 🙂

What Every Man Should Read Before Buying Gifts for Women

by Karen Gass


Very few men know how to purchase the right gift for the woman in their life. It’s not because they don’t love us. It’s not because they don’t care. They just don’t know what to buy. In general, men are not shopping, gift picking out, purchasing people. When faced with perfume gift packs and bracelets and wallets and slippers, what’s a guy to do?


So, here are some basic guidelines. And some questions for you to ask your sweetie when it comes time to buying her a gift.


1. Somewhere along the line, men were told that buying us Gift Certificates were unpersonal and unwelcome. Are you kidding? This is the gift of Shopping! Enough said!


2. Clothes. Should you buy your sweetie clothes? Only if – you are very aware of her style, size, favorite color (to wear) and favorite store. If you don’t know those things, skip the clothing store. Never buy shoes for a woman.


3. Jewelry. Jewelry is generally always welcome, but again, you Have to make sure you know her Style. What is Style? Observe these things about your honey –


     – Does she wear jewelry?

     – Is it gold or silver?

     – Is it beads and gemstones or diamonds and rubies?

     – Does she wear necklaces, bracelets, earrings, ankle bracelets, or rings?

     – If she doesn’t, is it because she doesn’t care for jewelry or doesn’t have any?


4. Appliances. Oh my, the fuss over appliances over the decades. Should you buy her a blender or not? Well, there are some very cool appliances out there these days. Does she like to cook? Have you heard her say, several times, Oh I wish I had one of those…? If the occasion is Birthday or Christmas an appliance might be fine. If it’s an Anniversary or Valentines Day, probably not.


5. Accessories. You know, purses, umbrellas, wallets, scarves, those kinds of things. Accessories are generally not the entire present. They are great ‘go-alongs’ though and stocking stuffers. If you’re purchasing accessories of any kind, make sure they are quality and match her Style and personality. Don’t buy these things at the dollar store.


6. Hobby. What about things for her favorite hobby or pastime? Unless you know specifically what kind of yarn and what color, weight and brand, I’d stick with the gift certificate to her favorite yarn store. Or fabric store, or wherever she generally buys her hobby supplies. Look at the bank statements if you’re not sure and don’t want to ask. Where does she generally spend her hobby dollars? If you keep seeing Hobby Warehouse listed, that’s where you’d go.


7. Lingerie. Should you buy her some sexy lingerie? This is tricky because you need to buy her something She would like, not what you’d like to see her wearing. Most men can’t differentiate between the two. Again, connect with her Style and that should tell you something. What does she wear to bed? Is it a t-shirt and jammie pants/shorts? Or a lacy nightgown? Does she normally wear lingerie of different kinds and types? What does she wear to relax and lounge around the house? If you can key in to those details, buy her something similar, just newer and nicer.


8. Money. What about giving a lovely card with money enclosed? Hmmm… again, tricky. In the minds of many women, just money says, “You forgot my birthday.? A gift certificates shows thought and effort. You knew the correct store, and you went there. Money says, “Here ya go, baby!? You will have to make a decision based on your knowledge of the one you love.


So, how do you determine all these things about the woman in your life? So many details!


What is she doing in her life?

Is she career, work at home mom, stay at home mom, stay at home wife?

What color do you see her wear most often?

What’s the color you see over and over again throughout your home?

Does she cook or bring home take-out?

Does she have a hobby room?

What does she do in there?

Is she a student?

What’s she studying?

 Does she belong to a gym?

What are her goals?

What does she wear at home?

What does she wear when you go out?

Is she a free spirit, serious or silly personality?

Does she paint her toenails?

Is your master bedroom closet decorated?


These things and a hundred other details will help you learn how to buy gifts for the woman you love. Pretend you’re starting a new position on Monday and your success in your new job will require that you know this woman. It will require you to pick out the perfect gift for her, inspired by who she is and how much you love her. And then, remember how much more important she is than any position in any company, and you’ll be the happiest man in the world.


I am writing for Associated Content

July 8, 2008

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  1. The Trickle-Down Overflows
  2. The Art of Doing Great Laundry
  3. Learning to Love Baseball

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The wierdness of putting some words together….

October 14, 2006

Have you ever noticed that some sentences just seem to stick out like a sore thumb?

Monica (from Friends) once said, “Santa, the armadillo and I have to go talk in the kitchen. …..pause….. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d say.”

Every once in a while, you either hear or say something that is so wierd, you just have to write it down. Since the memory ain’t what it used to be.

Today, I have TLC on. It’s just background noise. But I keep hearing a commercial about some monks. He says, “I may have to break up a fight between Alex and one of the monks.”  I have no idea what this show is about, but what a wierd and seemingly incongruous sentence. I’m sure it has a context, but it’s not in the commercial for the show!

In my mind, it conjures up a picture of brown robed monks in a brawl. Remember Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act? When she was posing as a nun and went across the street to the bar. She said something to the effect of, “Don’t worry, we’re not making this a nun bar…” Again, totally incongruous. But that’s what makes it funny. Instantly your mind again conjures up a picture of a bar, with nuns sitting up at the bar, playing pool, shooting darts, and holding a … mug of beer?… hmmm, can’t quite picture that one. Diet Pepsi with Vanilla maybe 🙂

Words are what you make them. They exist to help us communicate. We can use them sparingly or profusely. There are problems with both – the profuse word users are usually not that interesting. Half the fun of using words is the back and forth. The spare word users are usually not that interesting. Again… no back and forth. There isn’t much response to – “ok” or “fine”.

If you want to be a great word user, vocabulary is important. Vocabulary is your collection of words. We have a tendency to think we’ve probably heard about all the words there are to hear. Excluding words specific to science or other complicated slices of life.

If you have some time, check out The Phrontistery – it’s in my list of links to the left. If you’re a ‘word person’ you can have fun here. If you’re not, you’ll probably roll your eyes and think, ‘what’s the big deal?’ That’s ok.

Words aren’t fun to everyone, but I like ’em!