Copyright - Marie Gail Stratford

Copyright – Marie Gail Stratford

The Modern Thinkers Conference convenes, and as participants from around the globe take their seats they hear gunshots in the distance.

“What we are witnessing with these continual outbreaks of violence are organisms that are unable to adapt to their environment,” says the conference leader. “We need to get creative.”

Someone in the back speaks up. “So, what you are saying is that as technology advances, our chance of survival against threats from within our own species will require not only critical thinking but creativity.”

“Yes, exactly, creativity is vital for future survival.”

“Such as?”

“Personalizing our workspaces, of course.”


I must confess that lately it seems there is so much talk without substance going on in the world that I am beginning to see the appeal of earbudding through life. Yes, I verbalated a noun. Yes, I created a new term for turning a noun into a verb. Verbalated. Spread it around. Okay, now that I’ve gotten my creative fix for the week, I’ve got to get my study on. Creativity abounds as Friday Fictioneers share their stories. You can check out what they are up to here. Thanks for reading.

39 thoughts on “Of Mouse and Mankind

  1. You nailed this one perfectly, Honie. The complete lack of meaning in the dialogue, while saying it all, is brilliant!

    Love the new gravatar photo! Now… back to the books. 😉

  2. Helen Ross says:

    Hi Honie, Love the new vocab – should be in the dictionary.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      It probably will be, next to Walkman and HiFi, one day when we’ve all been chipped and no longer need electronic devices. HA!

  3. Allan G. Smorra says:

    You do know how to turn a phrase. I love the concept of “earbudding” and caution the novices on the need to “swivel” often (turn the head both ways and scan for danger).

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      It’s my own fault, really. I put a note in my calendar to remind me everyday to listen more. Boy, what a mistake THAT was. I’ve heard enough crazy talk. Seriously.

      1. Allan G. Smorra says:

        Perhaps you need to exchange those earbuds for dowel rods and go on about your merry way? Thanks for being yourself and sharing with us.

  4. “Earbudding for life.” I want that to be my new motto!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      It’s all yours, Mr. Petruska. Free of charge.

  5. Verbalated…I like that

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      It is your kind of word, isn’t it? How is the word business these days?

  6. micklively says:

    I struggled to get my head around this one Honie. Gun violence and workspaces just seem poles apart.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I think we all struggle to get our heads around it.

  7. After all is said and done, more is said than done.
    I’m done.

  8. gahlearner says:

    I’m going to put some dots on my mouse and paint the walls blue, then all my problems are solved. Fun story.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Go ahead, get your Martha on!

  9. yes, exactly. My space is so personalized you wouldn’t know it as a workspace.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      My workspace looks like a printer exploded. And then some squirrels got loose.

  10. In a world where only the creative survive….

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      You’ll be the last woman standing.

  11. I like the verbalation. I am sure it would come in useful in the future. When I tried to think of examples, I realised we already do it a lot. We soap our bodies, pencil in changes, curtain rooms. I could maybe slipper across the floor or bread my plate.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Yes, and you could deck the halls and book a party.

  12. Somehow I think we need more Modern Thinkers Conferences. Heck with your two new words you could be the moderator at all said conferences.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Well, mutually assured destruction can only get us so far. So, sure, we need some modern thinkers to work out how we can walk back thousands of years of violence in the name of progress. I might not be the best choice for moderator, but I’d certainly like to be in attendance the day that conference convenes.

  13. acflory says:

    Verbalated? Love it. Chair=chaired, table=tabled, bed=bedded, …that’s actually pretty amazing.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Ed makes all the difference, doesn’t it? HA

  14. rgayer55 says:

    I thought we could only verbalate with dirty words like the F-bomb or sh*t, but now you’ve created open season on all nouns. I love it! 🙂

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      One of those, Russell, I believe you have done what is called asteriskated. As for the other one, well, that one is what is known as just plain effedupation. 🙂

  15. Verbulate.. Love it.. And I think I’ve used it a few times, and I’m all for personalized workspaces, but alas we have free seating,

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Free seating, indeed. There is no safe seat at the feast. This, I am sure, is as it always has been. And sadly, I don’t see human evolution as a progression toward such a thing as world peace.

  16. Dee says:

    As Lyle said, two new words, I like them. We should find more…
    Talk without substance just about sums things up globally at the moment, well done Honie.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Bloody rebellion isn’t exactly a new concept, is it? As I read more and more about past conflicts and the amount of work it eventually took to halt the violence in one area only to have it erupt somewhere else, it becomes clear that leaders are still not communicating effectively to find lasting solutions to the global crisis of violence at the local level. But hey, lets redecorate something.

  17. Lyle Krahn says:

    Two new words I learned today and I like them both! Though I expect I might use earbudding more often. You must get WordPress to add them to their spell checker.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Yes, I suspect earbudding would come up in conversation more than verbalated. Unless, of course, there is some debate in the future about who invented verbalating, and you can say that you know for a fact who the first person was to verbalate earbud. Yeah, I can see that coming in handy.

  18. Dale says:

    Yes, get out of the drab and into the fab!

  19. Dear StepHonie,

    It’s nice to see that someone’s thinking out there. I’ll be personalizing my work space this afternoon. My troubles are over. 😉



    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Dear Fearless Leader,
      Get that color wheel out and make some history!! 😉
      Fashionably Yours,

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