Archive | September, 2013

Sunday Solecism: Ain’t no Sunshine

30 Sep

Another new word for me. I would have thought a solecism would be doing or saying something all by yourself. Obviously, a lot of people make verbal faux pas statements in front of a lot of other people. Just glad that I’m not alone.
so·le·cism\ˈsä-lə-ˌsi-zəm, ˈsō-\
1 : an ungrammatical combination of words in a sentence; also : a minor blunder in speech
2 : something deviating from the proper, normal, or accepted order
3 : a breach of etiquette or decorum
so·le·cis·tic \ˌsä-lə-ˈsis-tik, ˌsō-\ adjective
the solecism of asking one’s hosts how much something in their house cost them
Origin: Latin soloecismus, from Greek soloikismos, from soloikos speaking incorrectly, literally, inhabitant of Soloi, from Soloi, city in ancient Cilicia where a substandard form of Attic was spoken.
First use: circa 1555
Synonyms: familiarity, faux pas, gaff, gaffe, indiscretion, impropriety
Antonyms: amenity, attention, civility, courtesy, formality, gesture, pleasantry
Gerry Brown
The private enterprise system indicates that some people have higher incomes than others.

Dan Quayle
It isn’t pollution that is hurting the environment; it’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.

Gib Lewis
I cannot tell you how grateful I am. I am filled with humidity.

Richard Nixon
I was under medication when I made the decision to burn the tapes.

George Bush
I have opinions of my own… strong opinions… but I don’t always agree with them.

Wally Hickel
You can’t just let nature run wild.

Dan Quayle
What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.

Lee Iacocca
We’ve got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?

Samuel Goldwyn
A verbal contract is not worth the paper it’s written on.

Brooke Shields
If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.

Bill Gates
(In the year 1981) 640K ought to be enough for anybody.

Dan Quayle
For NASA, space is still a high priority.

George W Bush
And there’s no doubt in my mind, not one doubt in my mind… that we will fail.

Dan Quayle
Hawaii is a unique state. It is a small state. It is a state that is by itself. It is a… it is different from the other 49 states. Well, all states are different, but it’s got a particularly unique situation.

Joe Theisman
The word ‘genius’ isn’t applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.

George Wallace
I’ve read about foreign policy and studied, I now know the number of continents.

Colonel Gerald Wellman
We don’t necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people.

Charles De Gaulle
China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.

Nancy Reagan
I believe there would be many people alive today if there were a death penalty.


Sanative Soggy Saturday

29 Sep

Healing rain is a real touch from God. It could be physical healing or emotional or whatever.
Michael W Smith quotes
North Texas has been in dire need of rain, so when the clouds threatened the Octoberfest activities on the square in McKinney today, no one seemed to care. The skies opened up and poured in the afternoon. These sanative rains soaked the streets and put a slight “damper” or “dampened” many activities, but little price to pay.
: having the power to cure or heal : curative, restorative
there’s nothing like the sanative value of a good night’s sleep
Origin: Middle English sanatif, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin sanativus, from Latin sanatus, past participle of sanare to cure, from sanus healthy.
First use: 15th century
Synonyms: good, healthy, medicinal, restorative, salubrious, salutary, salutiferous, healthful, tonic, wholesome
Antonyms: insalubrious, noxious, unhealthful, unhealthy, unwholesome


Dark skies threatened.

The children had a wonderful time.

The firefighters from Station #1 were on hand in case of an emergency or perhaps some children wanted to climb on the truck.

Plenty of music, beer, bratwurst and fun!

Fractious Friday

28 Sep

What started out as a delightful day turned into a fractious Friday. (New word for me) I woke up a little concerned about more leg pain and tightness in my chest. I tried to brush it off, but friends and family suggested that I call my doctor. Her office called back and set up appointments at Baylor Hospital for some tests. The good news is, they let me go home and I didn’t end up in the ER like in July. Yes, it was troublesome, and I will still worry until I find out the results on Monday, but I took action and got checked out. Who knows what could have happened? Therefore, I feel truly blessed.

1 : tending to be troublesome : unruly
2 : quarrelsome, irritable
frac·tious·ly adverb
frac·tious·ness noun
Origin: fraction (discord) + -ous.
First use: 1714



The sad part is some folks won’t get this. Now, that’s trouble!

Theme Song Thursday

26 Sep

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
Dalai Lama
I’m so glad that I can “get by with a little help from my friends.” And family, too, of course.


Wednesday Words of Wisdom

26 Sep

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
Paul Valery
Sometimes I’m not sure if I am awake or dreaming. So, I guess all I can do is live a good dream and not worry about it. Very philosophical, isn’t it?

In my dreams, I hope to write my best selling book and have my artwork and hand-painted glassware become very sought after. That’s a good dream! Don’t wake me up!


Tocsin Tuesday

25 Sep

Every test successfully met is rewarded by some growth in intuitive knowledge, strengthening of character, or initiation into a higher consciousness. – Paul Brunton, The Notebooks of Paul Brunton
Never ignore your inner voice, that little feeling that warns you when something isn’t right. We all have that internal tocsin to keep us from harm. I’m glad I listen to mine.
Another new word for me.
1 : an alarm bell or the ringing of it
2 : a warning signal
the tocsin rang out, warning us of the approaching tornado
noted that a sudden drop in a student’s grades may be a tocsin of a serious personal problem
Origin: Middle French toquassen, from Old Occitan tocasenh, from tocar to touch, ring a bell (from Vulgar Latin *toccare) + senh sign, bell, from Medieval Latin & Latin signum; Medieval Latin, bell, from Late Latin, ringing of a bell, from Latin, mark, sign — more at touch, sign.
First use: 1586
Synonyms: flag, signal


Montage Monday: Out With The Old, In With The New

23 Sep

Another week in a peek. Some old things are gone, some new things have arrived. Hope springs eternal.




Surfeit Sunday

23 Sep

The best way to win against the intolerable is to tolerate them, for this they have seldom dealt with. Your indulgence may soften their malice and open their eyes to more honorable ways.
Bryant H. McGill
Another new word for me. SURFEIT. I’m already familiar with a plethora of vocabulary words, but I guess there’s always room for one more. The surfeit may enhance my writing skills.

I had a lovely morning on the Square, visiting with friends at Sweet Spot and Snug. It was a pleasantly cool morning (for Texas). The rest of the day, well, it was totally unproductive. I’ll start getting serious tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.
1 : an overabundant supply : excess
2 : an intemperate or immoderate indulgence in something (as food or drink)
3 : disgust caused by excess
Origin: Middle English surfet, from Anglo-French, from surfaire to overdo, from sur- + faire to do, from Latin facere — more at do.
First use: 14th century
Synonyms: bellyful, fat, overabundance, overage, overflow, overkill, overmuch, overplus, oversupply, plethora, plus, redundancy, superabundance, superfluity, excess, surplus, surplusage
Antonyms: deficiency, deficit, insufficiency, undersupply


Sagacious Saturday

22 Sep

We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future; men of discernment deal only with the present moment.
My fascination with expanding my vocabulary has led me to another interesting word.

sa·ga·cious\sə-ˈgā-shəs, si-\
1 obsolete : keen in sense perception
2a : of keen and farsighted penetration and judgment : discerning
b : caused by or indicating acute discernment
synonyms see shrewd
Origin: Latin sagac-, sagax, from sagire to perceive keenly; akin to Latin sagus prophetic — more at seek.
First use: 1607
Synonyms: discerning, insightful, perceptive, prudent, wise, sage, sapient
Antonyms: unperceptive, unwise
I am attempting to sagaciously gage my actions. Some fretful feelings from the past almost caused me to act foolishly, but a discerning heart caressed me back into the present moment. In other words, I almost did something stupid and talked myself out of it. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? So, instead, I am focussing on some of the fun, positive things I’ve done lately.

Thursday, I baked brownies for my tennis team’s home match. Even though I haven’t been able to play for a while, I went to watch, bring my famous brownies, and have lunch with the team. Fun! When I bake, I always make extra to share, so I stopped by Fire Station #5 around dinner time with a batch of brownies for the guys. Always warmly received.

Firefighter Simmons said, “Well, thank you, Luv, ” in the cutest Aussie accent.
Friday, I got my new car and spent time with my senior artist friends, sharing a pizza and conversation.
Today, I spent a wonderful morning with my writing friends at Sweet Spot Bakery, lunch at Snug, and a quiet evening at home. Notre Dame beat Michigan State 17-13, so it was a pretty good day.

I am still writing what I am grateful every day. This morning, I started out my day grateful for a sweet email I received from my friend Linda. She asked how I was doing, telling me about her vacation, and suggesting we get together soon. So, my many friendships are the main source of my gratitude lately. It’s been a pretty good week, hasn’t it?


Fribble Friday

21 Sep

“A man with a scant vocabulary will almost certainly be a weak thinker. The richer and more copious one’s vocabulary and the greater one’s awareness of fine distinctions and subtle nuances of meaning, the more fertile and precise is likely to be one’s thinking. Knowledge of things and knowledge of the words for them grow together. If you do not know the words, you can hardly know the thing.”
― Henry Hazlitt, Thinking as a Science
What did Henry just say? He probably is saying, the more words you know, the better you can express yourself. I am a big fan of vocabulary. I love to learn new words, but I’ve never heard of the word “fribble.” Have you? I didn’t think so. So don’t fribble away your day, add this to your vocabulary.
transitive verb
: to trifle or fool away. Intransitive verb
1 : trifle
2 obsolete : dodder
Other forms: frib·bled; frib·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\
Origin: origin unknown.
First use: 1633
Synonyms: doodle, fool around, fiddle (around), goof (around), hang about [British], kick around, mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle
: a frivolous person, thing, or idea
frib·ble adjective
Today, I fribbled away most the day, but I did accomplish one thing…I bought a new car. I was quite proud of myself, researching, negotiating and haggling like the “big boys.” Buying a new car is always scary. Did I get the best deal? Did I get taken advantage of? By the time I was finished, I think I did OK. But, it really doesn’t matter one way or the other. I have a beautiful new red Honda Odyssey. Who cares? I’m happy!
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale