The Quote of the Day that inspired my A to Z Challenge theme –
A Word for the Day that takes on many meanings.
Quote of the Day: A writer lives in awe of words for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right in front of you. They pick up flavors and odors like butter in a refrigerator. John Steinbeck
Word of the Day: Local
1. characteristic of or associated with a particular locality or area
2. of, concerned with, or relating to a particular place or point in space
3. (Medicine) Med of, affecting, or confined to a limited area or part Compare general  systemic 
4. (of a train, bus, etc.) stopping at all stations or stops
1. a train, bus, etc., that stops at all stations or stops
2. an inhabitant of a specified locality
3. Brit informal a pub close to one’s home or place of work
4. (Medicine) Med short for local anaesthetic
5. (Communication Arts / Journalism & Publishing) US and Canadian an item of local interest in a newspaper
6. US and Canadian a local or regional branch of an association
7. (Electronics & Computer Science / Telecommunications) Canadian a telephone extension
Most of the time we use the term local to refer to the people and places where we live. It can be funny. If you’re with people who have lived in the place all their lives, and you moved here from some other place, they are the locals, and you are the transplants, as they say. But, if you are out in the lakes area, like I am, and talk with the visitors and tourists, you are a local resident. When I was in Germany, we went down to der Local fur ein Bier. (I don’t think I need to translate that one.) I didn’t know the Canadian usage as a telephone extension.
I moved to the Brainerd lakes area about eight years ago. I stopped in at The Barn for lunch last week with my publicist Krista and her twin daughters. It’s a famous local establishment, delicious burgers with fries or onion rings, and pie. Here are a few photos for my Favorite Photos Friday post:
We promise. We won’t whine.
As long as we get some pie and ice cream.
Good marketing, having it sit right out there to tempt us all.
Dutch apple with raspberries ala mode.
Good coffee, too.
My favorite shot of the day.
You just know that all the local politics, problems, and people are discussed here.
I popped in local artist Seth Doud’s CD while writing this post. I think I’ll head on down to the Turn next time he’s there (just found out via facebook that will be Saturday the 14th right after our show). The folks here are filling up all our performances of Coffee Shop Confessions. We’re sold out for this weekend’s performances at The Coco Moon. They are gracious and responsive audiences. Thanks, folks! As Lolly says in our play, “We gave them a time to come together, to laugh, to cry, to feel.” To be part of a community. Do you think I’m officially a local girl, now? I hope so.
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: Do you feel like a local in your current community? What’s your favorite local establishment, entertainment, or artist?
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Great pics! My fav local joint is Black Cat Cafe – it’s a bookstore with a gorgeous dining area on a three tiered timber deck in the heart of leafy Paddington.
Ha! I live in a place where if you aren’t born there you aren’t a local. I’ve lived there for over 20 years and still I’m not considered a local, lol.
Wonderful L post. Thought the pics were awesome.
Have a great week-end.
Lovely post, what sweet pictures 🙂
Thank you very much for your comment, have a lovely weekend!
Nikki – inspire nordic
mm that looks yummy. I use the word local a lot in my WIP.
Good thing I had just poured a large glass of water and promised to drink whenever I got hunger between breakfast and lunch! Lunch. Another L word. Large. Another one.
I am one of the locals for better or worse, but, I am the country girl vs the town girls. Ha.
Is that you in the first pic?
Suze, that is me, trying not to whine for my pie!
That was a yummy meal.
Charmaine, your fave local sounds wonderful.
Congratulations on another sold-out show, you local, you. : )
I kind of desperately want to drop by The Barn now for a heft wedge of that awesome looking pie!
I enjoyed your post. It’s made me start thinking of the many different places I’ve lived over the years and analyzing whether or not I felt like a local in any of them. Right now I’m living in Vancouver, B.C. which I love, but I swear the city is changing so fast, sometimes I don’t even feel like a local a few blocks from home!
*I, too, live in a rural town, having been here for 17 years. I am not considered a ‘local’. That term is reserved for people who were born here. While I don’t feel like my husband and I ‘belong’, my kids will consider themselves local, I’m sure, since they grew up in this town.
I DO feel like a local here! I’m not sure I did before the last few years, despite the fact that I’d lived here for years and years. I think I had shutters over my eyes for awhile or something.
That pie looks and sounds divine. Evil, evil pie.
Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z
Here in S. Africa, we have a catch-phrase “local is lekker” which is in support and acceptance of everything that is local – clothing, food, music etc.
“Lekker” is an Afrikaans word which means nice/lovely.
It is linked to building up a sense of pride in our heritage!
Local…an excellent choice! You have a Publicist – wow! Maybe you can do P for Publicist and tell us what all she does for you and how to choose a good one.
Texas Playwright Chick
I like this post. A real touch of Americana. Terrific blog, too.
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Thanks for sharing!