Secret Alphabet

Thank you to my friend, Tana Butler, for coming up with the name of this post. (She didn’t know that’s what she was doing when she coined the phrase, but I love it, so I’m stealing it. I figure if I say thank you, it’s all good.)

So, I decided I wouldn’t write LOVE, PEACE, JOY or HOPE because that’s just what you’d expect me to write for a project like this. (I try not to be too predictable.) So today’s word… it’s a verb that frankly does not happen nearly enough. 😉


And now for something compeltely different… I like the website, Unhappy Hipsters, as much for the weirdness of the idea as for its clever execution. It “pairs photographs of attractive people living in modern splendor with captions written from the perspective that its subjects are actually suffering from some sort of existential despair.” It‘s funny, if you’re a little warped like I am. 😉


  1. Becky on February 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Awesome — and… I am.
    Like, I think you’re really brilliant!

  2. terrepruitt on February 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm


    And I did expect “LOVE”. That is why when I looked out the window this morning and saw the “V” tree, I thought of you.

    This is awesome. You are awesome. Thank you.

  3. Walker Lawrence on February 8, 2010 at 6:02 am

    But I don’t want to think …

  4. swampynomo on February 8, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Thinking usually gets me into trouble – another T word

  5. Jennifer on February 8, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Love this! As a related aside, I have given these as new baby gifts — much loved!

  6. judy on February 8, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Becky, Thank you. I went with the first “T” after all. It looked the best.

    Terre, Aww, I can still surprise you after all this time. Our honeymoon isn’t over. 😉

    Walker, Okay. You’re excused. They’re just briefs, after all, how much thought is really required.

    Swampynomo, Trouble. Yeah. I can see that. (What is your avatar? A pepper?) Oh, and what can I do to get an invite to your next SB party? Holy cow, reading your menu I slobbered all over my keyboard.

    Jennifer, Thank you! Those are totally cool. I don’t know why, but I was surprised at how hard letters are to find. I wish I was an artist.

  7. jb on February 8, 2010 at 8:23 am

    excellent choice and presented in the perfect way to make me do exactly what it said! 😀

  8. Simon K Lloyd on February 8, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Yay! One if my favourite past times ~ but you know what I think the next step should be… 🙂 [but seriously, great work and your comment above doesn’t fool me ~ “I wish I was an artist” ~ sheer unadulterated modesty]

  9. BOBBY on February 8, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Good one. IBM would be proud of you! Although, I just want to get a pen and write “Different” next to it! ha!

    — side note, have you ever read the text from “here’s to the crazy ones”, the thing Steve Jobs wrote for their Think Different campaign? — its been a while since I have read it but I think you would enjoy it.

  10. chezhui on February 8, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Terrific! Judy

    Bobby – I used at work at IBM when they thought THINK was just the bees-knees; and then I secretly thought THINK different and those Apple Grus were brilliant.

    Judy I think you’re amazing. Keep surprising me every Monday with those secret lovelies.


  11. Tana on February 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Well, I said “invisible” but “secret” is much better and truer. You improved it, J.

    And of course, I had to zoom in on the original and see what books formed your “N”—Naked Conversations
    next to Manhood for Amateurs. Heh.

  12. judy on February 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    jb, bonus!

    Simon, You make me smile/ If not for geography / You’d get a cheesecake. 😉

    Bobby, Thanks, and no I haven’t read it. I’ll look for it.

    Mairi, Secret lovelies. Like that. 😉

    Tana, Grrr! I messed that up, and invisible is better than secret, I think. I bragged about your name to a friend in email and I wrote it right there. Sheesh. (If we hook up “Naked Conversations” and Michael Chabon – author of Manhood for Amateurs… Definitely Freudian.)

  13. dh127 on February 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Invisible alphabet’s good, but I like secret alphabet more. You don’t seriously think you’re not an artist, do you? You may not be a painter, but you are an artist. Love this series, J!

  14. BOBBY on February 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Hey Mairi, funny comment. Good to know you were on the Think Different side even while at IBM — a trendsetter for sure!

    Hey J, here is the text I had mentioned from Apple’s marketing campaign years back:

    Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

    The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.

    About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

    Maybe they have to be crazy.

    How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

    While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

    — it was a neat commercial — you can find it under “think different” on you tube!

  15. hippiechick68 on February 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I love your choice of words. j-unpredictable. 🙂

    And, ummmmm, I *think* it is time to stop telling yourself that you are not an artist.

    Words are your medium. The world is your canvas. The possibilities are unlimited.

  16. Joanne (Twittlededum) on February 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Love it so much!!

  17. Tana on February 8, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    J: realllllly.

    You didn’t mess it up. It’s NOT invisible. I don’t think.

    Today I went on a camera walk with a talented geek/photographer/cook visiting from Toronto. Went to the UCSC Farm and did not have the secret alphabet in mind.

    But I did get to explain it to him and he loved it.

    I carry you in my heart these days. You help.

  18. judy on February 8, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Dani, I should have said painter. That’s what I meant. (Insert sheepish grin here.)

    Bobby, I do remember it now that I see it, but this was a perfectly time reminder (as I’ve been feeling a bit crazy of late). Thank you. Here’s the link.

    Hippiechick, j-unpredictable… I love that! Oh, and… garsh. (hugs)

    Joanne, Thank you! Big smile!

    Tana, It’s invisible until you look for it. (And sometimes, it’s still invisible. I had so much trouble with the “T”!!!!! And thank you. You made me mushy. <3

  19. Kevin Hennessy on February 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm


  20. bnthotful on February 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Your creativity makes our days fun and sun-shiney. How clever you are to make us think about thinking!

    Even Mark Twain had a comment! – – ->
    “Anyone who can only THINK of one way to spell a WORD obviously lacks imagination.”

  21. judy on February 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Kevin, I love when you pop in. Thank you!

    Bnthotful, That is an awesome quote. I think I’ll go tweet it. 😉

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