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Posts Tagged ‘XOXO’

X is for Box, X-Ray, and XOXO

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 28, 2016

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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “X is Box, X-Ray, and XOXO” by Linda Martin Andersen

This month I’m sharing photos and blog posts from A-Z.  I’m excited about trying something new.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month.

Check out the participants for the April (2016) Challenge.  There are plenty to choose from http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

X is for Box

Most days when I open my mailbox, I find bills or junk.  Still, there is always the hope that there will be something better.  And some days there is.  A greeting card sticks out of the letter stack or a box fills the space.  Joyous day!  Occasionally, UPS delivers boxes to our door, but mostly boxes arrive in our roadside rural mailbox. Who would think that a brown box without color or ribbons would bring such pleasure?  But it does.  Why do you think that is?

What was the best gift you ever received in the mail?  Some of my best were story acceptances for magazine publication.  Just know that lots of rejection letters arrived before the acceptances.  Even after publication, rejections come.  It’s how it is.  Keep on writing!

Tell about a gift you were excited to send.

Time to recycle by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016

Time to recycle by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016

For an earlier post featuring recyclables, check here:  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/r-is-for-rose-recyclables-and-remodeled-back-porch/

X is for X-Ray

Photograph of a chest x-ray

When I was a high school student,  I drove a school bus.  I took bus driver training and passed by the skin of my teeth.  That was back in the day when buses had standard transmission–shifting gears required.  A yearly physical was also required.  Drivers were lined up and a doctor listened to our hearts and x-rays were taken to rule out TB.  I teased that if our hearts were beating and we didn’t have TB, we could drive a bus.

Have you ever had an x-ray?  Was it to rule out a broken bone, part of dental visit, following an accident, or used to help diagnose a disease, etc? Have you ever seen an x-ray?  Your own?

X is for XOXO

x= kisses

o= hugs

Have you ever signed  a letter with XOXO?

Have you ever seen XOXO written on Valentine’s Day conversation hearts?

Where else have you seen XOXO?

Do you know song lyrics that include Xs and Os?

XOXO to all my followers.  Bless you one and all!

What “X” words come to mind for you? I hope you’ll share why they’re special to you.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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February–XXOO or XOXO and the Winner of a Giveaway

Posted by lindamartinandersen on February 1, 2014

“February–XXOO or XOXO and the Winner of a Giveaway…” by Linda Martin Andersen

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 “A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

Announcing the Winner of Imagine That!:  Imagery Stories and Activities by Janis Silverman…

Congratulations, Diane Mentzer.  Please email your address to landersen74@yahoo.com.  Thanks to all who participated.

Think:  What does the word “February” bring to mind?  XXOO, XOXO, blowing kisses, Valentine’s cards, candy, and flowers, Cupid, Ground Hog Day, spring or winter weather, hearts,  lace, red, pink, chocolate, and love.  

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Help me with this…

If X= Kiss and O=Hug–

What is XXOO?  Kiss, Kiss, Hug, Hug?

What is XOXO?   Kiss, Hug, Kiss, Hug?

Which do you write–XXOO or XOXO?  Do you say it’s hugs and kisses or kisses and hugs?

Which of these special dates deserve hugs and kisses or kisses and hugs?  Give them an “O.”  Give them an “X.” Give them XXOO or XOXO.  Share your favorites.  Tell why.

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Special Days in February…
Ice Cream For Breakfast Day: 1
Robinson Crusoe Day: 1
Take Your Child To The Library Day: 1 (First Saturday)
Groundhog Day: 2
Hedgehog Day: 2
Super Bowl XLVIII: 2
Popcorn Day: 2
World Play Your Ukulele Day: 2
World Wetlands Day: 2
Weatherman’s [Weatherperson’s] Day: 5
Western Monarch Day: 5
Ballet Day: 7
Boy Scout Anniversary Day: 8
National Stop Bullying Day: 9
Read in the Bathtub Day: 9
Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day: 11
Get Out Your Guitar Day: 11
Make A Friend’s Day: 11
National Shut-in Visitation Day: 11
Extraterrestrial Visitor Day: 11  (2nd Tuesday)
Lincoln’s Birthday: 12
Paul Bunyan Day: 12 (Born Feb. 12, 1834 in Bangor, ME)
Ferris Wheel Day: 14
Frederick Douglass Day: 14
National Donor Day: 14
Valentines Day: 14

My Way Day: 17
Presidents Day: 17
Cow Milked While Flying In An Airplane Day: 18
Single Tasking Day: 19
Love Your Pet Day: 20
International Tongue Twister Day: 22
George Washington’s Birthday: 22
National Cupcake Day (Canada): 24
National Tooth Fairy Day: 28

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Special Weeks in February…

Children’s Authors & Illustrators Week: 2-8 (First Full Week)
International Networking Week: 3-7
International Friendship Week: 3-7
National School Counseling Week: 3-7
Winter Olympics: 7-16
Random Acts of Kindness Week: 9-15
                                               Great Backyard Bird Count: 14-17

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February brings…

American Heart Month

Bake for Family Fun Month

International Boost Self-Esteem Month

International Expect Success Month

Library Lovers Month

Love The Bus Month

National Bird Feeding Month

National Black History Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Haiku Writing Month

Youth Leadership Month

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*Thank you Brownie Locks.com for February celebration information.  For more, check out: http://www.brownielocks.com/february.html

Let’s talk:  Choose one or more of the conversation starters above and leave a comment.  Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Please come again soon.  Bring a friend.

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