Words about Words


Words about words!

Words are so cool.  They are just little drawings on a page, but they can conjure up so much meaning, so much that matters so deeply to us.  Words can also be about other words.  Here are a few:

  1. Heterograph
  2. Heteronym
  3. Homonym
  4. Homophone
  5. Synonym
  6. Homograph

Wikipedia offers a Venn diagram that shows the relationship of these 6 types of words plus a few other types for which we don’t have names.  Isn’t that strange?



Best Beaches

I’ve been to lovely beaches along the east and west coasts of North America as well as in Puerto Rico and France.  The following list is of beaches I have NOT yet been to but like to go because I have heard they are wonderful.

Spectacular Beaches:

  1. Bandon Beach, Oregon
  2. Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
  3. San Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine
  4. Venice Beach, Los Angeles
  5. Hampton Beach State Park, New Hampshire
  6. Panama City Beach, Florida
  7. Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
  8. Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii
  9. Cannon Beach, Oregon
  10. Seabrook Island, South Carolina
  11. Wildcat Beach, California
  12. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina
  13. Moshup Beach in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusets
  14. New Port Beach, Orange County, California

Foods to Frequent

Good foods I can eat as often as I like:

  1. Oats (I usually have 1/2 to 1 cup a day in a breakfast shake)
  2. Nuts (I don’t eat these enough because of cost)
  3. Seeds, especially Flax seed (I eat this as ground meal in my breakfast shake)
  4. Lentils (I like lentil soup; maybe there are other ways I would like this.)
  5. Eggs (I usually eat 2 or 3 hard-boiled yokes a day.)
  6. Tuna (I love tuna-fish!  I should let myself have it twice a week!)
  7. Beans
  8. Dark green veggies (I never have enough of these.)
  9. Avocado (Yum!  I need to indulge in these more often!)
  10. Olives (I have never met an olive I didn’t like!  Need more of these!)
  11. Berries (I should keep my freezer stocked w/ red berries for whenever I can’t get them fresh.)
  12. Apples (One a day!)
  13. Grapefruit (When I can get these in season, I should indulge frequently!)
  14. Bananas (I usually have 1 each day in my breakfast shake.)


Mercy all the days of my life

Real-Life Feel-Good Stories (from my own life) that I need to tell some day:

  1. Unknown Skinny Man who pulled me off a burning lawn mower, carried me to the house, kept Mom and I from approaching it when it was about to explode, and then disappeared.
  2. Black Man & Son in Chicago who threw me over a wall to save me from falling ice-chunks; near where I had been standing a small car was crushed by one, and pieces from it landed where I had been.  They too disappeared before I could thank him.
  3. Voice to “Go Limp!” during car crash, and the folks who cared for me.  I was never able to find their house again.
  4. When I honked ’til awakening a slumped-over driver on the freeway.
  5. When I helped a lost driver find their way to SB and the Lord protected me.
  6. When a Black Man & Son came to our apt. door (in M,W) and intervened from another man who had been stalking us.
  7. When an Encyclopedia Sales-Kid came to C.H. and stayed ’til a stranger in a car left the neighborhood; the car-stranger had been following me on my bike.
  8. When a dove showed me the way home from a mall in FW.
  9. When a rotted stump saved my brother’s life.
  10. The morning God gave me Tangible Joy.
  11. When God save me from over-dose suicide-attempt.
  12. Wow.  There are so many more!  Praise be Jesus; thank You, Lord; I bow to You; Your Mercies are unending.

Colorful Vocabulary

The following links access great lists of phrases using color idioms:

  1. http://www.sensationalcolor.com/color-meaning/color-words-phrases/color-phrases-967#.WPAFfin3PB0
  2. https://aimdanismanlik.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/color-idioms-and-phrases-in-english/
  3. https://www.myenglishteacher.eu/blog/colour-idioms-list-and-their-meanings/
  4. http://www.dailywritingtips.com/idioms-referring-to-colors-of-the-rainbow/
  5. http://www.idiomconnection.com/color.html

Authenticity Affirmations


I affirm my

  1. Inner Child: Awe for simple goodness is grace, a gift to be treasured and celebrated.
  2. Sensitivity: Being Aware of small changes helps me see the gift of each moment.
  3. Need for Solitude: Alone-ness with God, with myself, with Quiet is nourishment for my soul; it is to be honored (never deprecated).  To recognize a true need and to fulfill it is Godly.
  4. Voice: Until I can speak freely as I truly wish, writing uncensored is Holy Work; I must do it.  Writing is Sacred Art that honors the Authentic Soul.
  5. Need for music: Hallelujah for the gift of music!  Thank You, God, for making me a musician!
  6. Need for color: Praise be Jesus for color and the gift of finely-tuned sight!
  7. Courage: I face my fears with deep courage founded on Hope and Grace.  I have faith in God and in myself.


A Slew of Charms & Luck Galore

Cliffs of Moher

Did you know the English language has words galore of Irish origin?  (Galore being one of them; so is slew.)  Besides enriching our vocabulary, Ireland has contributed immensely to our culture in America.  Here’s a few of my favorite things from the Emerald Isle:

  1. Baileys Irish Cream
  2. Irish coffee with Baileys
  3. pubs
  4. “Oh Danny Boy”
  5. green, green landscapes, green that seems lit from within
  6. the name Hooley
  7. the word hooligan
  8. irrepressible good humor
  9. C. S. Lewis
  10. W. B. Yeats
  11. James Joyce
  12. Enya
  13. shamrocks
  14. St. Patrick
  15. Waterford crystal
  16. Donegal tweed
  17. fishermen’s sweaters
  18. wild land/seascapes and appreciation for the wild
  19. quirky proverbs
  20. and beautiful blessings

On this St. Patrick’s Day, may God bless the Irish, and

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

And rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

(An Old Irish Blessing)