“Writing Process Blog Hop”–every time I read that, my brain tries to turn it into a bunch of writers in a school gymnasium, engaged in scribal dance rituals. Considering how many of us (alas, me included) are out of shape from BICFOK (butt in chair, fingers on keyboard), there’s a lot of huffing and puffing and boob bouncing. Feel free to imagine me hopping while I type this. I promise, I’m wearing appropriate breast support!
But what is a blog hop, actually? We toss the term out like so many others and assume newbies and readers know what it means. Maybe some do. It’s not a complicated concept: a group of bloggers agree to a topic, someone writes a post, and tags other authors who’ve agreed to post, they post, lather rinse repeat. It’s actually more of a blog tree than a hop for authors. It’s the readers who (theoretically) travel from post to post to see what we all say. So readers, if you’re hopping, please dress responsibly! Read On
During the Passover seder, three pieces of matzah are used. As the fourth part of the Seder, the leader breaks the middle piece in half; the largest piece is set aside to be served as the afikomen (from the Greek word for dessert). In most houses, either the leader hides the afikomen and the kids have to find it, or the kids steal the afikomen and ransom it. In either case, the kids are given ‘gifts’ (often gelt, chocolate coins) for finding or returning it.
Until the afikomen is returned, the Seder cannot be concluded, as it’s the last thing to be eaten (after regular desserts even). This tradition, instituted in the Middle Ages, was devised to help keep the kids engaged and entertained during a long meal with a lot of interruptions for education. Read On